10 Questions with ... Tommy Jordan
August 4, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I do the morning show at 106.9 KHITS in Tulsa Oklahoma. Tommy and Danielle in the morning. I have been here almost a year now. I was at Key 103 in Frederick MD for a little over three years. Plus 15 years at 94.5 PST Trenton, NJ, plus a couple stints in Allentown, PA.
1) How would you describe your first radio gig?
Awesome! It was at Q102 in Philly. I was 18 years old. I kinda did a little bit of everything there. It was a great learning experience, plus it prepared me for my first full-time on-air gig.
2) What led you to a career in radio?
Well, I got fired from a ton of jobs and really had no interest in anything that was a "normal" job. The girl I was dating at the time said I should do something that involves music since I have a huge passion for that. So I went over to Q102 in Philadelphia. I think the station was only three months old at the time. I went in, filled out an application, and they hired me on the spot.
3) What is your favorite part of the job?
I get the chance to wake up every morning, come to work at KHITS and work with one of the best co-hosts I have ever had. Danielle is an absolute pleasure to do a morning show with. She has great personal stories, she's very creative and we have fun! That's the most important part.
4) What's the coolest promotion you've been involved with recently?
A few months into being at KHITS, we did a promotion where I became ordained and married a couple in a helicopter. Never thought I would ever get a chance to do something as cool as that. Oh, and I'm available to do weddings if anyone wants to get married ... just throwing that out there.
5) What's the coolest promotion you've EVER been involved with?
This was when I worked at PST in Trenton NJ. I was doing nights with my co-host Shinn and we both lived in a mall for maybe about three or four weeks to raise money for charity. We had to raise a certain amount in order to get out of the mall. We actually had the Governor of NJ donate some money to free us from living in the mall. We kicked that off on Black Friday and went close to Christmas. Great promotion, and a lot of fun to live and broadcast from the mall for a few weeks
6) If you could add one full-time position to your budget right now, what would it be?
That's easy. I would be a weatherman. I have always had this thing for weather. But I think I would just run and hide if I had to report a tornado here in Tulsa. I am a little afraid of those things.
7) Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Spencer! He is on The Wake Up Crew at 93.7 WSTW in Wilmington, DE. He has amazing content, he's great with being local, and he's awesome with social media. If he and I are talking about the same topic or if a celebrity did something stupid, I will look at his Facebook page, read what he posted about it and then ask myself, "How did I not think of taking it in that direction?" He's a very good and smart talent.
8) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
When I was a kid growing up in Philly, it was Hot Hits WCAU. I remember I would always call up the all-request lunch to try and get on the radio. I got on the radio with my request one time and I thought, wow, that was so cool! When I went to high school in Maryland it was Q107 in DC.
9) Looking back, which years hold the best musical memories for you and who were your favorite acts at that time?
I would have to say the mid-'90s. To this day I always find myself going back and listening to that mid-'90s Alt Rock/Pop stuff.
10) What would you like to do to save radio from its "dying-industry" image?
I am one of those people who think radio is nowhere near dying. The younger talent I have connected with on Facebook ... they have a ton of passion and are dedicated to doing great radio. They don't seam to be afraid to fail and try new things. I see nothing wrong with the future of radio.
What's the biggest gaffe you've made on-air?
I was doing my first overnight shift at B104 in Allentown, PA. I was nervous, excited and I couldn't wait to do my first break. When I went to do the live top-of-the-hour ID, I forgot my name. All the wheels came off after that. Very embarrassing.