10 Questions with ... Greg "Eggman" Moore
January 12, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Freelancer, Howard Stern Show, Sirius
- Freelancer, Delicious Audio
- National News Anchor, The Blaze Radio Network (Glenn Beck)
- Mornings, WVTY/Pittsburgh; Mornings, KRXO/Oklahoma City; Mornings, KZLS/Oklahoma City; Mornings, WWMG/Charlotte, NC; Afternoons, KTOK-A/Oklahoma City; Weekends/Swing, WGKX & WXMX/Memphis; Production, Entercom/Denver; Regular contributor to online 'Dr. Demento' show.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I have been in a situation where a job ended on one day and the very next day I had another job. I am thoroughly convinced that God is in control and He has a pretty good idea where I should wind up next. I don't look at it as "I need a job and I need a job NOW!" I look at it as "I wonder where the next adventure is going to take me."
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I'm in the middle of a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of The Golden Girls ... can't seem to find Bea Arthur's armpit.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes. A long time ago I read an article about working in radio in Billboard, and it contained the adage that ideally, you should love radio so much, you'd do the work for free if you had to. I've come awfully close a couple of times, to be sure, but it's all I've ever really wanted to do -- play records, make people laugh and entertain them.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Format blew up from under me in Charlotte in August of 2004, and I didn't work until October of 2005. Incidentally, 2004 was the first time I'd been out of work since 1978. I much prefer working.
5) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
First and foremost, All Access; secondly, friends who have worked with me who might hear of rumblings before they go public.
6) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I was scheduling a phone interview with a PD, and we had set it up for nine the next morning. He e-mails me, "We'll talk over coffee tomorrow morning," being kind of facetious. So I spent the rest of the day on the phone until I found a restaurant near the radio station that would deliver him coffee and donuts at precisely 9a. He was blown away. Didn't wind up getting the job, but it was fun to surprise the hell out of him.
7) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
In a perfect world, I could join an already successful - or struggling, for that matter - morning show and make it even better. I live to create written content, bits and parody songs, and in all fake modesty I think I'm pretty good at it. What I don't want anyone to think is that I want to join a show in hopes of taking it over. I'm perfectly content being a behind-the-scenes type if that's what's needed. I've had my ego surgically removed. I've been told I'm kind of a triple threat: I can do news, production and provide morning content. Getting another shot at one or all of those would make me a happy camper.
8) Are you able to slow down and enjoy free time doing things with your family and friends that you probably did not have time to do while you were working?
I'm pretty much a workaholic; if you don't routinely exercise the creative impulse, at least for me anyway, you run the risk of losing your edge. I'm always creating something for one of the prep services I freelance for, or cutting a script for the Stern people. I get up and scan some of the news websites every day, and usually something will catch my eye. Once I've gotten it out of my eye, I can sit down and usually come up with a script for a bit or a parody song. Then, with any luck, it's into the studio to turn a blank Adobe Audition field into something funny.
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I'd have to say it happened during the time I was a morning sidekick in Charlotte. I basically lived my life on the air; I had gotten married, adopted a child (complete with phone-ins from Bucharest, Romania) and had a gastric bypass. A short time after my surgery, I got a letter from a woman who said listening to me talk about my procedure had encouraged her to have the same thing, and in her letter she credited me with "saving her life." (I'm not sure I agree, but hey.) Some time later, a couple came up to my wife and I at an adoption expo and said that listening to our adoption story on the air helped them decide to adopt as well. You just never know the impact you're going to have on someone, but I'm very grateful to have heard from these two examples.
10) What do you miss most about radio? The least?
I miss the daily challenge of creating something nobody has thought of yet. I miss having a listener call and say they were late getting to work because they sat in their car in the parking lot until they heard how a bit or a show segment ended. I miss making people laugh. I did a very listener-focused Oldies morning show in Oklahoma City; we really made it a throwback to the days when you listened to the radio for two main things - to win something, and to have your favorite song played. We started out of the gate with the idea that whatever a listener called in to hear, we would play it. It was the first time since I was a teenager that I had complete and total control of the music content of the show. If we didn't have it in NexGen, I went and found the song. The last day of the show, which was a four-hour show, we had 146 request calls.
Uh oh ... now you're on your own for getting new music. If applicable, name your three most recent purchases since leaving the biz.
Adele's '25,' Joey Alexander's 'My Favorite Things' (have you HEARD this kid?), and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Live Anthology. I have diverse tastes.