Paul Sanders bought his first 45 as a 14-year-old. For a first record, he didn’t do too bad, walking home with Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” to spin on his record player and drive his parents crazy.
“It was one of the #1 songs of 1950, and many will say the entrance of rock-n-roll,” said Sanders, the host of “30 Songs Through 30 Years,” a program at WTA’s Gateway that takes its audience on a journey through music history.
Sanders, who started deejaying in 1968 and has literally thousands of records in his personal collection, picks out #1 hits from the years 1950-1979 and spins them for the Gateway audience, whose job it is to try to figure out the name of the song with a series of prizes at the end as the reward for the most adept.
Sanders is a Waynesboro native and retired DuPonter who came back home in 2006. After a career as a corporate consultant, he’s happy to be able to devote more of his time to his passion, music.
“I listen to just about every genre that’s out there,” said Sanders, whose shows at the Gateway highlight his diversity of musical tastes.
The next “30 Songs Through 30 Years” show is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Gateway.
More information on performances at the WTA’s Gateway is available online at http://WayneTheatre.org.