Jeff Winter was born just after World War II in Brooklyn, New York and got his first microphone at age eleven in the form of a Webcor tape recorder, given to him by his uncle who took notice of his nephew’s interest in radio, music and voice.
At fifteen, Jeff spent hours watching a WNBC radio remote, where the director of the program took notice of Jeff’s interest in radio and invited him to sit-in and watch at the WNBC studios in the RCA Building, when he had a day off from school. His continued visits there lasted more than a year. The people who he met and the knowledge that he gained were invaluable. At sixteen, Jeff moved to Long Island and set up a radio station in his new bedroom, utilizing that knowledge.
In December, 1963, at seventeen, Jeff got his first fulltime job in radio, working in the music library of WHLI and gradually began programming radio shows featuring pop standards. Meantime, in 1964, he applied as a volunteer and began hosting a number of radio programs at the Hofstra University radio station, WVHC. He also hosted weekend programs on WFYI in 1965. Later that year he resigned his fulltime music library/programming position, joining WBIC as host of his own daily show. In January, 1966, the Long Island phase of his career ended as Jeff was drafted into the Army.
Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, Jeff went through Basic Training and remained stationed there, assigned to the Public Information Office as a “Broadcast Specialist.” It was during this time he entered a talent contest at the Service Club and won it with his comedy act of lip synching records.
In May, 1966, Jeff performed his act for the director of the Third US Army Soldier Shows, based at Fort McPherson, Atlanta. He was accepted and transferred to Atlanta to join the troupe of soldiers in shows touring the Southeast, for his remaining eighteen months of service. Jeff decided to make Atlanta, with its can-do spirit and welcoming nature, his new home after service.