10 Questions with ... Greg Glover
March 1, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Moved to NYC in 1995 and began working for London Records as an assistant in A&R, Promotion & Publicity. Started the indie record label The Arena Rock Recording Company as a hobby and signed Harvey Danger in 1997 (eventually bringing them to Slash/London). Promoted to VP of A&R in 1998. In 2004 I was hired by KNRK to host "Alternative Mornings" (6-10a weekdays) and began a specialty show "The Bottom Forty" (8-10p Sundays). Appointed Music Director at KNRK in 2011.
1. What led you to a career in radio?
It was an accident. I left NYC and moved to Portland in 2004 looking for a change of scenery and careers. An old colleague (Bill Carroll) from my music biz days was on a west coast promo trip so we decided to re-connect over a pint. He mentioned that Mark Hamilton was revamping KNRK and was looking to hire "music people" and not the typical "disc jockey." The rest, as they say, is history.
2. What are you most proud of from the past six years at KNRK?
That I'm still gainfully employed (half-kidding)! I'm proud to continue providing a credible and trusted voice for our listeners to wake up to each morning as well as keeping us extremely competitive ratings-wise.
3. What has been your biggest challenge since your recent promotion to music director?
I've just started! Ask me that one again in six months.
4. How do you sort through all the new music that comes in each week for New Music Heaven, The Bottom Forty, and regular rotation?
My cats and I do it at home over catnip and beer. I rarely listen to new music while at the station.
5. What are music meetings like at the station?
Mark (Hamilton) and I chat about music on a daily basis. He usually pops in the studio during my last hour on the air. We always tell one another what we're into at the moment in person or via text if we're listening in our respective homes.
6. How do you stay connected with your audience?
I live and work in the city of Portland. I only buy music from independent record stores and try to support local businesses whenever possible because that's what Portlanders do. There is no difference between me and the listeners, whatsoever. I just happen to the one with a microphone.
7. What do you like best about living in Portland?
It's the perfect middle ground between Birmingham and New York City. There's enough going on culturally yet it's a manageable place to live. The food, beer, and coffee are second to none, plus I'm an hour away from either the ocean or a mountain.
8. What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
The alarm clock goes off too damn early!
9. What are you most passionate about?
Are you kidding? MUSIC MUSIC and MUSIC!
10. How would you describe your record collection?
Diverse. Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Billy Squier reside comfortably alongside The Replacements, The Foals, and Surfer Blood.
When you're away from work, what are you music listening habits to the radio, iPod, online, etc.?
I don't like listening to music online. You can usually find me upstairs in my "music room" with a copy of Mojo and Uncut, a brew, my three cats and whatever CD or LP I decide to pull off the shelf.