By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor
Boston – Tai Irwin became better known as “Morning Guy Tai” beginning in 1985 on Boston’s now-closed alternative rock radio station WFNX. Now, he hosts a musical retrospective program on UMass Boston’s WUMB and his announcer voice is heard on Worcester’s WICN. Concurrently, he’s working as a job placement specialist with Boston’s Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.
Along the way, Irwin has taught and mentored many budding radio broadcasters and musical artists.
“I’m so passionate about mentoring,” he noted. “Everybody should try to take somebody under their wing who’s younger and needs an opportunity.”
Irwin’s love for music started as a youngster watching television appearances of The Beatles and The Supremes. His appreciation further developed when he heard deejays play popular music on the radio.
While a teenager working at a Carvel ice cream shop on Long Island, he would call a radio station to make song requests. A deejay accepted his invitation to visit the shop for an ice cream cone – free of charge.
“As a 16-year-old kid, I thought it was cool to be able to