Lew started his career at WHWB in Rutland, VT on June 9, 1950, as an announcer and copywriter. Just three months later he was promoted to the station's program director.
His career then took him down the east coast, working in Frederick, MD, Brunswick, GA, Burlington, NC Delray Beach, FA, and LaPlace, LA.
His association with WRKF began in 1976, when he met with the group that would eventually see the station go on the air in 1980. Lew served faithfully on the WRKF board of directors for the first few years before moving on to become station manager of WCKW in LaPlace in 1985, where he created the "Classic Rock" format, now copied in almost every city in the United States.