Dustin Alexander-Pérez (Photo Credit: Fred Fox Studios-Chicago)
(Photo credit: Metro News Network)
Dusty with Gretchen Wilson (Photo credit: WMS Photography)
In 1970, Dusty was born in Worcester, United Kingdom and relocated with his parents and siblings to Hazel Crest, Illinois, United States. In 1989 after graduating high school, he pursued marriage and family life while working various jobs in the broadcast industry.
His voice acting career started in 1986 and he has never been far from the recording industry including work he is presently doing in 2020 for non-profit organisations like Life Beyond Brain Injury a resource group for people who live with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury.
As one of the charter founders and currently one of the owners of Metro News Network & Affiliates, Dusty prefers being at the news anchor desk in the newsroom instead of in an administrative office.
His news writing experience began with The Daily Southtown, in 1998 which was then owned by American Publishing Company owners of The Chicago Sun-Times.
After a his brief time at the newspaper, he started freelance news reporting for the Northwest Indiana News Agency while living in Crown Point, Indiana. His territory covered the Illiana region including Northwest Indiana and South Suburban Illinois.
After a few years away from the business to dedicate time to rearing his family, Dusty took a sub-contract writers position with Examiner.com in 2010 reporting Top News in Milwaukee and at the close of the business venture he was also covering Chicago Top News.
During his time in Delavan, Wisconsin, Dusty wrote for "Blocks" a web-based community news reporting section of WITI-TV FOX 6 in Milwaukee while developing Metro News Wire Service. Clients in the Milwaukee market included WTMJ-TV Today's TMJ4 as well as WISN-TV 12.
In 2012 Metro America Radio Network a startup venture offered Dusty contractual gigs on two of their experimental internet radio stations Z88 Party Radio and ROCK 101. Within two years, Dusty would become the network identity voice heard on all six of MARN's online streaming services which included Faith 100, Country USA, The Lite Radio, 98XRG and community interest talk show, "Metro Today."
In 2015, Dusty purchased MARN, but put it's operations into hiatus until 2017 with the launch of KMAR-DB (Rancho Mirage, CA). Almost immediately, Dusty's legal team discovered the call sign KMAR-FM belonged to a well-esablished radio conglomarate in Louisana and surrendered the call sign to the appropriate licensing bureau.
In that same year, Dusty and his business partner secured call sign KWWX-DB (Rancho Mirage, CA) and WYTW-DB (McHenry,IL) two online radio stations licensed by the National Association of Digital Broadcasters (NAdB). They are still in existance with the Chicagoland affiliate operating directly through MARN and the Southern California affiliate operated by Metro News Network & Affiliates.
Every FCC licensed radio station is required to have a certain amount of local or community interest programming in order to keep their license to broadcast. As a solution for terrestrial and online radio stations that may not have the time, staff or budget to produce such programming, Dusty hosts "Metro Today NewsTalk" a weekly show that is produced at KWWX-DB Radio in Southern California. The broadcasts go into syndication in the early spring of 2020 and can be heard at MetroTodayShow.com online and eventually on a station near you.
Smooth Jazz music lovers, can tune in to Dusty's show "Lite's Out Metro" that will also go into syndication in the summer of 2020.