10 Questions with ... John Magic
October 7, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Started my career as an intern for 99.1 KGGI in 1997 for Bobby Sato.
- Won the "Wanna Be A DJ" Contest on KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles in 1999 and immediately got hired to do weekends.
- Worked as a part time jock for two years on Power 106.
- Pattie Moreno hired me fulltime to do nights at KKUU (U 92.7)/Palm Springs) in 2001.
- She took me with her when she moved to KBOS (B95)/Fresno, CA) in 2002.
- Fresno was my home for 10 years working the night shift at first then moving to afternoon drive.
- I left radio in 2012 to become the touring DJ for comedian JO KOY (from Chelsea Lately) and did a nationwide tour for a year including Australia.
- Got offered to do mornings back where I started at KGGI/Riverside in August 2013.
1. What got you into radio?
I was a club DJ when I was younger, and a some of my mentors/friends were in radio at the time. Filipino DJs DJ Eman from Power 106 and DJ Icy Ice from 92.3 The Beat were a big influence in my career. And yes, I'm Filipino lol.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember wanting to be a teacher. A 4th grade teacher to be exact. I still remember my 4th grade teacher by the way, Mr. Faulk at Preston Elementary.
3. You're a native of the Southern California's Inland Empire. When you came back to the area and KGGI, what was probably the biggest change that you noticed?
I didn't notice too much change in the area. Is that bad? LOL...Ok, I guess a few things I noticed is that there were a lot of new high schools, also that we had an arena (Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA), and finally the Victoria Gardens shopping center is cool.
4. You're part of KGGI's The IE's Morning Show. Aren't you also a mixer?
Yes, that's what I was doing before radio. I mix at 5:30 for the "Wake Up Call" and at 7:20 for the "Breakfast Breaks"
5. You toured with comedian Jo Koy. What was that experience like?
I love to travel and for one year straight that's all we did. I got to visit most of the 50 states and we spent a whole month in Australia. I got to experience so many things, I could write a book about it. Plus performing weekly on a live comedy show let me be creative in a different way from radio. Oh, I can't forget about all the different food we ate!
6. What would probably surprise most people about the Inland Empire?
That a lot of their family and friends are moving here, lol. There are still so many things I haven't experienced here, like hiking up Rubidoux, or catching an event at the new arena. Now that I'm older, I'm appreciating the area more and more. It's a growing area and we're only 30 minutes from Disneyland.
7. If the IE's Morning Show, Evelyn Erives, Diana Whebe and you were competing on Survivor, who would win?
Probably Whebe. Because, she is a strict vegan and all she eats are plants and seeds. So it would be normal life for her. Although, I would win a lot of the challenges and have immunity. So, I guess, I could win.
8. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I used to work as a magician when I was younger, but I don't know if I want to do that professionally. Something I've been interested in lately is owning a restaurant, so I'll go with that.
9. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hanging out with friends, and looking for new foods to eat at different restaurants. I also picked up golf, and currently is one of my new hobbies.
10. As we head towards the Holiday season, what's at the top of your Christmas Wish List? Say "World Peace' and I'll come kick you in the shins and have Evelyn and Diana kick you too.
My wish would be to finally propose to my girlfriend. Wait...that might be her wish!
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
Who on the air staff is going to be the story of the staff Holiday party?
I'm sorry, that's all the time I have for this interview...