Durant, Oklahoma according to his memorial program, but some publications have listed Wade as his birthplace. Wade is a few miles east of Durant. His musical career took him to the central valley of California where he became not only a local music legend, but also a very astute business person. Chester started his long musical journey when he was just seven years old. He was first heard on the air in 1943 over KTRB in Modesto, California as part of a children's broadcast. He began his disc jockey program when he was just 15 years old.