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Fred Marshall Winston (born 1952) is the John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics in the Harvard Medical School Genetics Department, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983…

Fred Winston Biography

Fred Marshall Winston (born 1952) is the John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics in the Harvard Medical School Genetics Department, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983. Research in his laboratory has focused on mechanisms of transcription and the regulation of chromatin structure in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

Dr. Winston served as the President of the Genetics Society of America in 2009 and has been elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the National Academy of Sciences (2013).

Dr. Winston has served as a Senior Editor for the Genetics Society of America journal Genetics and is Chair of the GSA Publications Committee.

Dr. Winston received a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, where he conducted research with Dr. David Botstein on phage P22 lysogenization.

He went on to conduct postdoctoral studies on S. cerevisiae transcription with Dr. Gerald Fink at Cornell University and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Fred Winston Age

Fred Marshall Winston is the John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics in the Harvard Medical School Genetics Department, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983. He was born in 1952. He is 67 years old as of the year

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THREE OAKS — Fred Winston was back on the air Friday, Nov. 16. The legendary Chicago DJ was interviewed on the Radio Harbor Country “All Over the Planet” show co-hosted by Edgar Willbury (a.k.a Fred Lange) and his son, “Dylan the Dude.”

“We’ve been doing the show for seven years, and what a treat to have Fred Winston come in and join us tonight,” WIllbury said. “He’s going to tell us some stories about people he met back in the day when radio was king. He started at WLS in 1971 — AM 890 … was on WLS until 1976 and then on other stations such as CFL.”

Winston now lives on a farm in Berrien Springs (and sometimes plays the drums with area musicians). Lange said he met Winston through Fred Rotondo — the bass player in the Edgar Willbury Band.

“The last time I was on the air was 2012. But I’ve been busy doing voice-over work in commercials and stuff like that,” Winston said moments before the start of the show in the Radio Harbor Country studio.

He saw the “All Over the Planet” show as a chance to “open up the bilge pump of broadcasting a bit.”

WIllbury said Winston’s guest appearance came together quickly.

“He called me Saturday morning and said ‘Hey, still want me to come on the show?’ and I said ‘Oh heavens yes!’ And here he is.

“I got a lot of texts and phone calls from friends who grew up listening to him.”

Many attended the Nov. 16 radio broadcast in the Three Oaks studio to witness local radio history. His pieces of information about marriages, wife are not yet revealed yet but stay ready for the update soon

Fred Winston chili

It’s no secret that Fred Winston loves food. He is also known to be quite fond of Mexican cuisine as well! This was evident on-the-air as oftentimes his bodily functions would get the best of him.

It led one radio critic to muse that Fred was “…a proud graduate of the burp-and-fart school of broadcasting!” And while he loves to eat, he also loves to cook.

In 1983, Fred released his own line of chili, available in the frozen food section of several large grocery chains in Chicago.

He also sent interested listeners a copy of his fiery recipe. Due to numerous requests, here is Fred’s Chili recipe. A reminder… if you start to sound like Fred after eating it, consider yourself forewarned!

Brown the meat, drain and set aside. Chop the onions, green pepper, jalapeños, and garlic, and then sauté. Stir in the spices. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce,

broth, beer, and meat. Simmer covered for one hour and uncovered for two more, stirring frequently. Refrigerate overnight or up to two days. Reheat and serve.

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When I called Chicago radio legend Fred Winston (WLS, WMAQ, WFYR, WCFL, WPNT, WJMK, WLUP, and just about every other station on the dial), the gentleman farmer now living in Southwest Michigan, was in the middle of a project.

“You caught me repairing a doorknob. Thank God for the internet. There are scores of YouTube videos. If you have any mechanical talent at all, you can do it.” Read also Michael E. Greenberg

His baritone voice sounds as strong as ever, exactly like Fred Winston has sounded since he arrived in Chicago in 1971. “It still comes out of the same hole,” he points out.

Does the “R” word now apply to Fred?“ I guess I am retired,” he admits, “although I don’t feel like it’s done. I’m always reticent to say that I’m done now because I do feel like I could drop back behind the mic and with a little DW40 in the mouth, I could pick up where I left off.

But I’m busier than ever these days. I have a small farm here that has enough crap going on to keep me busy every day. I’m in Berrien County which is the highest point of elevation in this region, so if it farts on Lake Michigan, I get it here. We’re currently in the throes of a major blizzard.

We’ll have an additional two feet of snow in the next three days. The frustrating thing about being a gentleman farmer, as you call me, are the many tiny engines that need spark plugs and oil changes. Rather than flap my mouth, I now bang my knuckles.”

Does he miss the radio at all? “I don’t really miss radio the way it was (is) when I last did it. We were told that’s the way the business has evolved. People just don’t want to hear you speak for more than eight seconds. It’s not about you. It’s about the music, man. ‘Hey, I dug that break about the Doobies, man.’ I thought ‘Aw shit, what have I gotten myself into?’”

It’s been five and a half years since his last full-time radio gig– at WLS-FM. It didn’t last long, and there was a good reason for that. “It was five months after I had major heart surgery,” he explains. “When you have a life-altering experience like that, you kind of shift your priorities and look at things a bit differently than beforehand.

It just wasn’t for me. And Jan Jeffries, the PD at the time, is a dear friend of mine. We just agreed to part ways as gentlemen. I just didn’t like it.”

Just because he’s not on the air anymore doesn’t mean he doesn’t follow the business. “I’ll tell you the biggest problem,” he opines. “About two decades ago the consultants got their noses into the business and talent wasn’t being developed anymore.

There was no bench. Although you know what? I’ll tell you who is doing really well–Hollywood Todd Manley at WGN. He’s a guy who gets it. He develops talent. Because I’m so ancient now, I don’t sleep, and I get up in the middle of the night, so I listen to the all-night show, Nicky D, and the group.

I love the show. And when he’s not there, and I listen on the weekends as well, they run their bench through the AM station. They are also doing a lot with podcasts, and now have a wealth of talent that is being developed. I can tell. I have noted their progress over the years. Unfortunately, the rest of the radio, in general, hasn’t done that.”

Fred’s in a good place right now, both mentally and physically. Most of all, he’s thankful for all the good fortune that has come his way. “I’m a lucky guy. I was on the air in the heyday when creativity was at its highest.

At WFYR in the late 70s, I would start the show with Monty Python’s ‘Sit on my Face March.’ Can you imagine being allowed to do such a thing now? It was unbridled freedom, and the social mores were different then. The timing was perfect for a Fred Winston.”

How does he scratch that creative itch now? “I’ve got two sets of drums in the basement and a bass amp, and I plug-in a Yamaha keyboard when necessary. I practice my tubs every day. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was four years old. I really enjoy photography, music, the occasional voice over, and cooking. My famous chili is better than ever.”

Most importantly, his health scare has not slowed him down in the slightest. “There are two schools of thought after heart surgery. Some people have a come to Jesus moment and say ‘this is it.

From now on it’s going to be baked salmon and an occasional white wine.’ I’m from the other school that says ‘Well fuck that.’ You never know when it’s going to be your last day and I’m going to go 75 MPH until I can’t go 75MPH anymore! My priority for the rest of my life is just to be a decent human being. All the fucking pretensions are gone.”

Does the gentleman farmer ever return to Chicago? “All the time,” he says, “usually to get a haircut for myself and my dog.”
He pauses for a second, his timing still perfect. “Different barbers.”

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