10 Questions with ... Joey Boy
January 15, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
First on-air gig was in the mid 90s, doing nights for Power 106 as the duo "The Krazy Kidz". Not too shabby for a 1st gig, huh? Shouts to Bruce St.James as an early believer. Two years later, I got the opportunity to rock mornings for Clear Channel/Houston at Kiss 98.5. Under the direction and under the influence of Rob Scorpio and Charles Chavez. What up Chucky!
A year later the station flipped format and I took the gig at Q104.7 to do afternoons and earn some programming stripes as MD for Dan Garite. I had a great time in the 805 and got nice on Selector for about three years. I also had brief stints for Michael Martin at KYLD/San Francisco and KSFM/ Sacramento. I got a call from Bruce St James at KKFR/Phoenix.. He wanted me and my radio partner to be Co-MDs and do afternoons for him "Da Nutz in the Afternoon" was born! We RAN Phoenix for about 10 years and eventually went to mornings. After management and staff changes, I made my way back a year ago to Q1047, to work with my good friend Brian 'Big Bear' Davis. Back in afternoons at Q104.7 in Ventura and simulcast into Riverside. Also helping program Q1047 as well as their new Pop station Live 105.5.
1. What got you into radio?
Career Day works! Freshman year in high school I signed up to for an occupation described only as "DJ" I thought it would be some local wannabe DJ Rectangle who had a mobile DJ business. Turned out it was Frank Lozano, who did nights at Power 106! He walked into the classroom, pushing a fatback tv with a vcr strapped to it. He popped in the tape and simply said, "Hi kids, I'm Frank Lozano from Power 016 and this is what I do." I was sold. I decided then and there that's me. Seven years later I hosted nights at Power 106.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a trumpet player. I played for about 7 years until I got to high school. Only class they had was marching band. I wouldn't do the band nerd thing and soon came that fateful Career Day. Also, I thought I would get more ass working along side Richard "Humpty" Vission at Power, than Dizzy Gillespie.
3. What insight has being an APD/MD given you to being an on-air personality?
Mainly, I understand the importance of a PPM break. What's funny in 30 seconds, is funnier in 20! As well as dealing with labels on the daily gives me insight and info on their artist. I use that info religiously on "The Joey Boy Show"
4. You're a busy young man. If you're not at the station, you're doing a club gig in Ventura, Riverside or in your old stomping grounds, Phoenix. How do you budget your time?
My motto for years has been "Sleep Is For Suckaz!!!" Staying on the scene and staying relevant has always been part of my growth. Oh! And thanks for calling me a young man.
5. Doesn't your son help out on your show on 104.7?
Yes. It's a family affair! Monday thru Friday at 4:40 we do "Jojo On Film". It's where my 8 year old acts out a scene in a classic movie and the first listener that calls in and guesses correctly, wins the prize. My daughter used to do it before puberty hit, voice changed and she became a teenager. I then bought a shotgun and then called up my son from the minors to take her place. I'm looking to procreate within the next year or so to keep the bit going.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
On the Rhythm side. I smile when I hear the Trinidad James. He is NO Rakim or anything...or actually lets be honest he isn't even 2 Chainz, but I get it. On the Pop side. I still enjoy hearing the Lumineers on air. Maybe I will call Def Jam to say if they can put Trinidad on the remix to the Lumineers' "Ho Hey". Maybe the "Hey Ho (remix). My life would be complete.
7. Could you imagine having your boss, Brian 'Big Bear' Davis as a teacher in high school?
Haha! I definitely can see him teaching like Music Appreciation 101. This guy is like a freaking robot and obtains so much music knowledge. He makes my job on being an MD a nightmare. Everytime I ask him "Bear have you heard...." A quick interruption from him with a smirk and a "Heard that last week" He does that sh*t on purpose! I see you B. Davis..Haha. But he keeps me on my toes and my ears to the street.
8. Who's your favorite celebrity interview?
No question Notorious B.I.G. I got to interview him about a month or so before he was killed. He was my favorite artist before his passing, so I didn't know how he would be one of the greatest. Fortunately I found a couple CD covers he signed for me years later AND found an interview we did with him at Power 106 on REELS! Remember those kids?!?!
9. If you could ask your girl for one "celebrity pass", who would it be?
My lady already knows and I have a signed hall pass, done in Sharpee. Definitely...Jennifer Lopez. After my crush of about 15 years, I finally got to meet her this past year, backstage at her concert. My advancement and "the stare" was not welcomed by Jenny from the block. But I believe it was just the cologne I was wearing. Drakar Noir was a bad choice.
10. Hypothetical question...If you were getting married in two months and you could have any group or singer perform at your reception, who would you choose?
Musiq Soulchild. NO question. If you can make that happen, J Lo can kick rocks and Amber(the baby mama) would be your new BFF. And we'd name our next born after you. Hurry though. Biological clock and stuff. Coochie cob webs are building. #Justfriends #Love #halfcrazy #girlnextdoor
Beer and pizza or sushi and sake?
Sushi and hot sake everyday besides Sunday. Sunday is beer and pizza all day! Word.