(1961 – )
Alan Gionet was born and raised in the Berkshires – Pittsfield, Massachusetts – where he began working for a local radio station out of high school, conducting interviews. One of his first was with singer Arlo Guthrie.
Although he’d aspired to attend Emerson College in Boston for a career in radio, he wasn’t initially accepted to the college devoted to the field of communication and the performing arts. Over a period of eight years, he worked as a DJ at a nightclub in Boston and took classes part-time at Emerson, the University of Massachusetts (Boston and Amherst), as well as through Harvard University’s Extension program, becoming a full-time student at Emerson his senior year.