Carl Wilson was literally "raised on radio", to use the title of a popular Journey album. His earliest memories are of watching his father, Jim Wilson, pull an air shift at KLAD-AM in Klamath Falls, then situated in a farm house south of town. The Wilsons had just moved to Klamath Falls from Hays, Kansas, where Jim had been an announcer-salesman at KAYS-AM.
In 1957 the Wilson family moved to Grants Pass, where Jim founded KAJO-AM 1270. Carl began working at the station at age 12, answering the phone Saturday mornings. By 15, he had moved to working on-air.
Carl attended Grants Pass schools and did so until joining the U.S. Navy after high school graduation.
Following his hitch in the Navy, Carl returned to Grants Pass. He learned the fine art of advertising sales and coupled that with a daily announcing shift. By the 1980s Carl had moved to station manager/announcer and helped the company add KLDR-FM in 1991.
From 1998 to 2003, Carl served as State Representative for Grants Pass and Josephine County. During that time he stood up for jobs and small businesses, helped cut government waste, and made sure that the legislature gave rural Oregon the respect it deserves.
He and his wife Malinda have been married since the Summer of 1972. They have two grown children, J.L. and Lora, and seven grandchildren. They attend River Valley Community Church and are active motorcyclists and RV'ers.