10 Questions with ... Murph Dawg
July 17, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started out my radio career on Long Island, working for WXXP, where I was Night Show Co-Host/Assistant Music Director. I then moved down to WHZT/Greenville, SC where I held down the night show and was APD/MD. From there, I moved to WBTS/ Atlanta, GA and was the Morning Show Host, before coming back to do a trimulcast with Cox Media stations WHTI/Richmond, VA, WPUP/Athens, GA, and WHZT/Greenville, SC.
1. What got me into radio was
An internship I had in college got me started. I thought I was going towards the TV side of things. When I interned at WLIR and I absolutely fell in love with the business. I'm a people person and as everyone knows, radio isn't for the antisocial.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect. I actually went to a special HS in NY for Architecture, and I started out my college career working towards my Bachelors of Architecture degree, before changing majors and receiving my Bachelors of Communications degree.
I also wanted to be a pro Hockey player. I have played hockey and baseball my whole life. I got to play against some great talents out there while playing on my travel teams, including playing against some pro hockey players,
3. Do you remember what your biggest adjustment was when moving to mornings?
My biggest adjustment when I made the move to mornings six years ago was the sleep transition. I went from the nights and going to sleep at 3 am, to switching up my sleeping pattern in a week and waking up at 3:30AM.
4. Born and raised in Queens and now a resident of the South for many years, what's the biggest difference between life in New York and life in the South?
Queens will always be my home. That's a part of my life, and made me who I am today. It gave me the street smarts. However, moving to the South has been an unbelievable experience. When, I lived in NY, I had that NY state of mind where nothing will ever beat this place. And then I moved out, and saw that there is a whole country out there. I fell in love with the South, especially Atlanta, because it reminds me so much of a mini New York.
5. Are you still playing hockey regularly?
I do in fact still play hockey. Granted it's a rec league, but it's pretty damn competitive. My team actually won the championship this past season, and now my name is going to be engraved on the league's trophy. Kind of like the Stanley Cup. But way better. Okay, maybe not better. I also play on four different softball teams as well. I mainly play SS, and 1st base.
6. Before the move to mornings you were an APD/MD. Do you miss this aspect of radio programming?
I truly enjoyed being an APD/MD before I moved to mornings. I liked being able to add input into creating a vision for the station. Whether it be promotional, or programming, etc.
7. If Cagle was a high schoolteacher, what would he teach?
If Cagle were a HS teacher, I can tell you he DEFINITELY WOULD NOT teach physical education. He would most definitely be a music teacher. Without a doubt. He has a vast music collection in his head. Even the obscure stuff.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, when I'm not playing hockey or softball, I enjoy writing screenplays. I'm working on my third full length feature, and I hope to get a studio behind one of my projects one day. However, if I don't, I still enjoy making an image come alive with words.
9. Which celebrity would your morning co-host CJ set you up with if she were playing matchmaker? Whowould you set her up with?
Alright, Working with CJ for 5 and a half years, she knows exactly what I like. She would definitely try to set me up with Zoe Saldana. She knows how much I like her. Even when she's an 8 foot tall blue chick. Now, what celebrity I would set CJ up with... Thats a tough one. I would probably try and set her up with either Tyrese, or Channing Tatum.
10. Let's take a peek into the magic, crystal ball. Where and what is Murph Dawg doing in 3 years?
Ahhhh, my crystal ball tells me that I would like to challenge myself to a new audience. Possibly the Hot AC route where I would talk to a 32 year old female.
Boy shorts or thong?...which is sexier on a woman standing in your kitchen?
Oooh...great question. I love boy shorts on a woman. But a thong is even sexier. Especially with a little tank top on. I'm definitely feeling that.
In your years in the South, have you developed a favorite particularly Southern food?
Alright, in my years living here in the dirty, I have definitely enjoyed good Southern cooking. I especially enjoy fried green tomatoes. Those get me every time. A little country fried steak also does me in, and even though it's 100% all healthy for you and low in calories, I can only do it once in a while. LOL