It's a cold morning commute in the Kingdom. And for the last 60 years, a familiar voice has been keeping the community informed. He's Mr. St. Johnsbury-- Don Mullally.
"Here on 1340 radio, the Spirit of the Kingdom," Don said into his mic.
And like the weather, the studio and man seem to be frozen in time. The most modern thing in the studio is a CD player. Don still spins records and his trusted audio board has been with him from the beginning. Music is his life.
"That's something modern, up to date. 1965 maybe. Perhaps or maybe 70s," Don said.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, he arrives at 3 a.m. to prepare for that day's broadcast live from 6-9 a.m. Not only does he entertain, but he informs.
"On the schedule today is men's basketball, college," Don announced. "Twenty-five before eight."
This is Don's playground in the basement of an old barn on the outskirts of St. Johnsbury.
"The outline of the silo is in the far corner," Don said.
He started when the studios call letters were WTWN and AM radio ruled the airwaves. He now shares the building sandwiched between a classic rock station and a country station.
"I don't think there is much change with Don as the way he's done things, he is genuine. He's definitely himself every single day," said Jessica Hoffman, a DJ.
But one thing did change in Don's life.
"The world was just about to crumble," he said.
About 12 years ago, Don had a stroke. And for a man who makes his living with his voice, it was the most trying time of his life.
"It threw me for a loop and I didn't know what was going to happen," Don said.
He credits good health care, a strong will and a certain person who got him better.
"I think of how proud we were that you got the job," wife Vel Mullally said.
"It doesn't seem like it was those many years," Don said.
Vel has been at his side since his first days at the radio station, but they couldn't be more opposite.
"I don't want to be up front," Vel said.
She shuns the spotlight and he loves to entertain. Don knows his music and Vel doesn't, but they groove like a needle to a record. The couple have been married for 64 years and have three kids.
"Until then, I'm Don M and have a great day," Don said into the mic.
The 85-year-old isn't ready to sign off for good.
Reporter Joe Carroll: You plan to keep going?
Don Mullally: Yup, as long as the rubber band works!
Don is a throwback to a simpler time, and for the listeners, he's like the music he plays-- timeless.
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