10 Questions with ... Jack Murphy
September 17, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Mornings at WROQ/Charlotte, Z100/New York, Q106/San Diego, KHYI/Dallas, and two decades WKZL/Greensboro.
Owner: Jack Murphy Productions (V/O and Imaging). Jackmurphy.com
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I started an Internet station doing a "Talk"-type morning show where I could really say or do anything that was on my mind. It's been a great learning experience, which forced me to get comfortable with a lot of new software and technology.
2) Some people get discouraged or enlightened with the business when they actually step out of it for a while. Tell us your observations from the outside.
It's been enlightening! I didn't want to go back to work right away. We traveled a little; I got my golf handicap in the single digits, and spent more time with my family than I ever have. I think we get too caught up in "the station" instead of living a full life and using that for the show. I think it's given me a new outlook and appreciation for something I've loved all my life.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
I work with about 40 stations with Jack Murphy Productions so I'm still in radio and some of the stories I hear make me wonder if I should jump back in, but the truth is I miss it.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
This past year is it, but a lot of that time has been by choice. I could have taken a few jobs the week I left KZL, but I knew I wanted some downtime.
5) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I flew to Toronto years ago and they stuck me on cold on 1050 CHUM. The PD told me Robert Waters was up listening. I didn't get that job.
6) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Country morning show in a market where one of these syndicated shows is doing really well, and then try and ruin their life.
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
My track record and ability to put winning teams together for local shows. Most of the syndicated shows are great but they just can't do what a local show can.
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
"Murphy's Kids." We raised and gave away $1.5 million, which is a lot of money for this market. It always made me smile when we could help someone in need.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
You better know how to do about 29 things in a station.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
I'd like to work another 8-10 years then play golf... of course Scott Shannon told me that in '91
What's your handicap now that you've had time to practice?
My USGA Index is 7.6.