10 Questions with ... Deuce
February 17, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Swing Shift/Morning Show Producer at KQKS/Denver 2004-2007, MD/afternoons at KDGS/Wichita 2007-2010, PD/afternoons KPTT/Denver 2010-present
(Also overnights on Rhythmic PC for iHeartMedia, weekends and fill ins on KXJM and WJMN)
1. What got you into radio?
I started at seven or eight years old recording fake broadcasts into my mini-tape recorder. I would do the whole production, crowd noise, weather effects, throwing it to "reporters" on the street. I was a lonely child. Later on in college I began listening to Ulibarri, Kendall, & Kathie on KQKS. I was ignorant & arrogant towards the business and sent a scathing email to Kendall B (your biggest "haters" are often your biggest fans). He had the patience and grace to respond to my rude email and chose to educate me on the business. That turned into a dialogue. I eventually pestered him into an internship. They couldn't get me to leave the station after that. It was in my blood. I've been lucky to have so many amazing mentors that have taken time to teach me, I'm forever grateful to Pat Conner, Joe Bevilacqua, Cat Collins, Dylan Sprague, John E. Kage, Greg Williams, Kendall B, Greg Foster, SLiM, Larry Ulibarri, Lucas, Tony V, Kathie J and (cue grammy music) so many more.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I dreamed of NBA stardom. By the way anyone out there that wants to get a game of 21 going, I'm your guy. Unfortunately an affinity for carbs and a lack of lateral foot speed steered me towards my other passion, radio.
3. Most important thing you've learned working with veteran programmer Joe Bevilacqua?
Joe believes in his people. He gives us the leeway to be creative and proactive in our brands. He's also an energizer bunny. He brings an infectious passion that makes this place a joy to come to every day. He also has a swagger that is unmatched, we're lucky to have such an enigmatic leader (how's that, Joe?)
4. Your worst experience with Denver altitude?
Well the bad experience is when you leave the altitude. You have to consume 5,000 calories to catch a buzz at sea-level. It's hilarious to have friends who come in from out of town who think they're going to tackle a fourteener without acclimating, meanwhile they have trouble climbing the stairs.
5. What would probably surprise most people about Denver?
It doesn't snow as much as everyone thinks! We get more days on average of sunshine than California. I'm sitting here in February and it's 71 degrees (of course in 5 minutes we could have a blizzard). Also, Denver is a "big little city", there is culture, sport, and a great food scene here. It's also an amazing place to have a family and the simpler pleasures of life.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Uptown Funk. It's a smash, it puts everyone in a good mood and it makes me wish I didn't dance like the uncoordinated white guy I am. (It's bad, lower lip biting, finger snapping the whole package).
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I have no clue. A lot like John Elway with Peyton Manning "There Is No Plan B". I'm thankful to not have a "job". I come to my passion every day. We should all be so lucky.
8. Best drinking game ever?
My mixer DJ Bedz recently hit me with one. He invites a young lady over and they catch a "Golden Girls" marathon. Every time a joke is made insinuating that Blanche is a "woman of loose morals" they take a shot of Fireball. I like that.
9. Hypothetical question...you are picked to replace Chris Soules as The Bachelor and have to choose a bride between Kelsey Poe or Ashley I.? What's your call?
Is there really any way to win? Either way, she's getting half in the end... no euphemism intended...
10. What's your favorite thing about living and working in Denver?
Aside from having access to one of the most beautiful and vibrant places in the country, It's home. That's the best thing. I'm talking to the people I went to school with, their kids, my family, my community. There's nothing like being home.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
This part of the country (Colorado and New Mexico) it's all about Mexican food WITH GREEN CHILE. I could swim in that stuff. Anything smothered in cheese and green chile is victory in my book.
Do you have a favorite artist interview?
Kanye was my first. It was right when "Through the Wire" hit. I was a terrible interviewer and he was a glimmer of the Kanye we know and love today. It was just a magical moment for me; an "I made it" moment. Dave Chappelle and Gabriel Iglesias are also amazing guys who make interviewing fun.