Phil Gaitan began to Disk Jockey in 1982 by volunteering as a resident DJ for WUMC College Park Radio 88.1 FM (University of Maryland).
At the time they had just received licencing to broadcast and were just getting started. The station’s Effective Radiated Power (ERP) was only 2 watts and only covered the college campus (30,000 to 50,000 listeners).
As a Senior and Lead Programmer, DJ Phil was instrumental in bringing bands like the B-52's, Devo, The Ramones and others to venues at the University. He also started a Disk Jockey Music Service, servicing the College Park Campus.
Upon graduation, DJ Phil became know as “DJ Phil The Thrill” by WHFS (99.1) Bethesda Maryland Radio DJ Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert.
By the time Phil graduated in the summer of 1986 the station had grown to 10 watts ERP, which was enough to cover the entire metropolitan area of Washington D.C.
Today Phil the Thrill Resides in Tampa Florida and curtails his Outstanding Performances.