10 Questions with ... Eddie "Go!" George
July 31, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started radio in 1997 as an overnight board-op/remote tech for KMMG and KABG. Automation eliminated my position. I then got the opportunity to move down the hall as overnights on KYLZ (Wild 106). I did not have enough experience to take on a fulltime daypart in radio within AGM/Albuquerque. Tom "Jammer" Naylor then gave me the opportunity to move up within the company and move to sister station KWWV (Kiss99.7/Wild106.1) in San Luis Obispo, CA. I held down nights for a little over two years. I then moved back to KYLZ as MD/Nights in 2000. After that I moved to Phoenix and worked on KPTY (103.9 The Party) where I did Afternoons. KPTY flipped formats and then I moved to Reno, NV and was APD/afternoons at KWNZ. Opportunity knocked again where I moved to Las Vegas and held down MD/afternoons for KWID/Las Vegas (while tracking mid-days on Albuquerque's KSYU) for nearly two years. After that, I then moved back to Reno as PD for KWNZ for four years. January of 2008 I moved back to Albuquerque to program KDLW (Wild 977), did that for a year and a half, and then had the awesome opportunity to sign on KAGM as Power 106 in July 2009.
1. What got you into radio?
I have always had an interest in the trade. I was at the right place at the right time.
2. You started in radio in Albuquerque in 1997. What's changed the most about the radio landscape in the market since you started?
I haven't been in Albuquerque my entire radio career, however returning four years ago the Top 40 battle is gruesome. There are now five Top 40s in the market. It's a battle in Albuquerque!
3. What has changed the most about the Albuquerque...in general?
Population growth. We are shy of a million in our metro area.
4. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Meteorologist, weird I know! I also tossed the idea around getting into Politics and Law.
5. What would your morning host on KAGM, Double J, be doing if he wasn't doing mornings for you?
Pete, you know Double J, too. I imagine he would be part of some sort of "Freak Show", or a writer for Jerry Springer.
6. What's your favorite thing about your morning show?
My favorite has to be how the market is responding to him. I'm not a believer in cookie cutter morning radio. That's why I brought him aboard. He is creative, and is not afraid to do what he has to do to get ratings. His content is pinnacle.
7. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Trey Songz ft. T.I. 2 Reasons...It's a HIT!
8. Who were some of your radio mentors?
Don Parker, Tom "Jammer" Naylor, Mark Adams, Michael Martin, and Steve Perun.
9. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to spend time with my family, travel, golf, and bowl.
10. If you could participate in one Olympic event, what would it be?
Shooting. I love my Guns! By 'guns', I'm not talking about my arms.
If I'm coming to Albuquerque, where is the very first place I should go for lunch or dinner?
El Pinto! Anyone who's anyone goes to that spot when they are in town. The best salsa in the WORLD!
What's the first work-related thing you do in the morning?
I check my voicemail to see if I have any complaints about Double J!!!