It's been 15 years since he unplugged his microphone full-time, but Jack Holcomb is still taking over Berks County's airwaves, just like he's done for six decades.
Holcomb has a voice straight out of Greek mythology, so rich with bass it's worthy of a sub-woofer. His voice has echoed through the Reading area and beyond area for 60 years as a radio host at WEEU 830 AM.
"It began in October of 1956," said Holcomb. "I started the night shift from 4 to midnight, and the rest is history."
Holcomb was a disc jockey, playing music and delivering the news. When he began, gas was 23 cents a gallon. He was on-air the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and the majority of his career, he did things the old-fashioned way.
"We did this without computers," he said. "I had no computers."
But his claim to fame is hosting "Jack's Backyard," a call-in show all about bird-watching. The show continues to air Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
"I don't have to deal with politics, crime and that kind of thing," he said. "We just deal with the natural world."
He said talking nature gives him direction, and the people he's met along the way give him joy.
"The memories are great and I wouldn't trade them for anything," said Holcomb.
Two things have been consistent over the last 60 years; one of them is change. The other is Jack Holcomb.