Music Journalist Ray Shasho has been on a rock and roll pilgrimage to help promote and save the greatest music the world has ever known.
Ray Shasho was dubbed ‘Rock Raymond’ by friends and family for his love of rock music. Since a kid growing up in Baltimore, Maryland he became obsessed with music. In high school, he attended hundreds of rock concerts and even took a job at the famed Capital Centre arena to meet his favorite rock stars before their shows.
After graduating from a CBS owned broadcasting school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ray became a Top 40 radio deejay in the late 70’s and early 80’s and his life became the music. Unfortunately radio stations trusted computers (Arbitron ratings) over human instincts. It was the early radio jocks who discovered great music and put it out over the airwaves.
After his stint in radio, Shasho became an entrepreneur in electronics. Ray and his family owned and operated cutting-edge retail electronic businesses in Washington, D.C. Shasho witnessed all the technological advancements firsthand and how it affected the music industry. From early transistor radios, record players, reel to reel tape recorders, cassette and eight track tape players, walkmans, CD players to MP3’s. Some of Ray’s clients included … Chuck Norris, James Mason, Ted Williams, Alex Haley, Art Buchwald, Dick Gregory, Dionne Warwick, John Candy, Jon Voight and General Colin Powell.
On December 22nd, 2010 after publishing his first novel entitled Check the Gs, an awe-inspiring personal memoir about growing up in the family business; Ray Shasho joined Examiner.Com as a classic rock music journalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Examiner is a division of the Clarity Media Group, owned by AEG, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world, AEG Live promoted The Rolling Stones ‘50 & Counting’ tour.
It started out as a fun gig to help promote his book but something very extraordinary transformed. Shasho began covering concerts and music events around the Tampa Bay area and decided to take a crack at interviewing some of the rock music legends that he idolized all of his life.
Ray Shasho quickly became one of the top music journalists in the country. His column is read by thousands of music enthusiasts daily, and Shasho’s in-depth interviews, album and concert reviews are featured on artist websites around the globe.
In Shasho's current book project, 'When Rock Heroes Become Voices' ... Ray doesn’t simply write about the music and artists that influenced countless generations and millions upon millions of music fans worldwide, that would be way too easy, instead, Shasho brings the actual music legend to the reader. The historical value alone of assembling 101 music legends over a two year span and documented in a single publication is an unimaginable feat. From January 2011 through 2013, music journalist Ray Shasho conducted 101 candid interviews with some of the greatest music legends of our time. After reading each interview, it will seem as you’re the one chatting with your favorite rock and roll hero. Even though their music lives on, the artists are vanishing and will soon be gone …forever.