10 Questions with ... Rico
July 2, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Once upon a time, long, long ago, in '89 (as in "19" 89) I got my first gig at KMYX/Oxnard-Ventura. Eventually the "CHUrban" format would change to Country and I wasn't ready to wear boots at that time. Shortly there after, I worked for KKUR (AC), then I did a stint at some station in Palmdale/Lancaster...I think it was "Hot" something. I was drinking a lot at the time. Came to KCAQ...took off to Vegas for Hot 97.5 (KVEG). Came back to KCAQ only to bounce once again with Mambo to help create and work at "103.3 The Vibe". I'm almost done! Hang in there! Then the "Vibe" decided to go into a "Different Direction" (how many times have we all heard that?), we were cut and unemployed for about a year and three months and now I'm back at KCAQ/KQIE!
In closing and from the bottom of my heart, I really want to thank Brian 'Big Bear' Davis for the constant coaching and guidance. You're a super being Bear! Also, no matter what I say about Daniel 'Mambo' Herrejon, I'm forever in debt to you. You're like a little brother to me and I hope nothing ever happens to you because then I'd have to leave radio and I'd be shit out of a job.
1. What got you into radio?
The love of music got me into radio. The reality of the matter is, I knew at an early age that with my looks and my chubby body, I was probably never gonna have sex. I decided to get into radio, eventually met my wife (as planned) and FINALLY got laid!
2. You've worked with your morning partner, Mambo for many years. Which of you is the better partner?
For print purposes, I'd have to say that by far and without a doubt; Mambo is the better partner. If you and I have a one on one conversation...I'm the best partner ever! Let's just keep this between you and I. Our partnership is like a marriage. Where he lacks I pick up and vice versa.
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work with numbers and money! I was taking business classes at a local college and ultimately wanted to become a CPA...(#boring). As you can see, that didn't quite work out well.
4. The last few days have been unusually hot for Southern California. How have you been keeping cool?
Thanks to JC Penny and the NEW "Rico" underwear.
I've been walking around the house just wearing a 'Wife Beater', Adidas flip flops (no socks and no pedicure) and sporting my "Rico" underwear.
5. Ever have a comedian on the show that wasn't really funny or interesting on the radio?
Oh shit! You had to ask! Mambo and I are huge fans of comedy and often feature comics on our show. We recently had one come in, WITH notes that he'd taken as he was driving in listening to our show. He tried to so hard to be funny and use some of his notes, but thank God SUPER Mambo was there to be funnier than the comic. Please don't ask me who he is, because I can't say.
6. Is Mambo in your will? Do you think you are in Mambo's will?
Mambo? In my will? HELL YEAH! I hope I'm in his will. I mean, Mambo doesn't have very many friends and his wife and kids only like him because they live under the same roof.
7. What would you leave Mambo in will?
I'll leave him in charge of all the car wash fundraisers that he's going to have for me to help pay for my services. You know how us Mexicans do it? For those of you who don't: Traditionally speaking, we're broke and have no insurance so we have car washes to help raise funds for burial services.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to improve my Greek God-like body by BBQing as much as I can! I love TRI-TIP! You're invited!
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
If my wife would never know: THE BACHELOR! You do the math.
If my wife knows about it: THE PRICE IS RIGHT!
10. Who's the tallest member of the Rico & Mambo Morning show?
Our co-hostess, Margaux! Whenever we pose for a pic in this order: Rico, Mambo, Margaux...we look like the AT&T antenna signal thingy.
If you had to eat one meal for 30 days, for every breakfast, lunch and dinner, what would you eat?
I would have to say a turkey sandwich! I do it now. My wife can't cook for $H*T! However, she is a Gangsta Microwave Cook! Nobody can push that "One Minute" button as good as her, OR look as hot as she does when she presses it! Trust me!
It really pisses me off when Mambo _________________?
It pisses me off when Mambo gets mad. It kills the mood. I like to see my little buddy with a smile. :-)