10 Questions with ... Kyle Richard "DJ Kay Rich"
August 2, 2016
1. What got you into radio?
Listening to 106 KMEL as a kid, I loved the energy behind radio. I would pretend to have my own show with my childhood friend and mentor, Hobbs One. "Bedroom Radio" is what we called it. He would mix and I would rock the turntables. Many years later I found myself at Santa Clara University's college radio room as a guest host to Supa Sayn's overnight show with my other mentor DJ Check-o in the mix. I got the radio bug at that point. I later entered a contest at KBOS that had 19 DJs competing for a Friday and Saturday night mixshow slot. I came in second place but was invited back a few months later to join the mix squad. Over the years, I developed as an air personality, mixer and show producer and I built up my production room skills.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, I wanted to play basketball. When my growth spurt stopped, I developed an interest in Kinesiology Athletic Training.
3. What's your favorite part about Summer in Fresno?
The temperature. Today is 108 degrees.
4. How did you end up going to college and playing football at Fresno State?
I applied to Fresno State coming out of high school and got accepted. It was far enough away from home but close enough to where I could feel a sense of independence. I walked on to the Fresno State football team. There were 100 people who tried out. Five received invites back for spring training, summer conditioning, and the season. Out of the five, I was the only one who got playing time as a fullback that year.
5. What would probably surprise most people Fresno?
Fresno is an un-tapped market in terms of the talent that is out here. There are some super stars ready to sky rocket out of here. The music that I have been exposed to out here is so unique and at times ahead of the curve.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
My person favorite song right now is Marc E. Bassy Feat. G-Eazy - You & Me
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
Professionally, I would be involved in entertainment. I enjoy bringing people together through music. I have events weekly that I travel to and provide my disc jockey services for.
8. Aren't you very involved in the Fresno community?
Yes. I DJ all of Fresno State's events and work with the City of Fresno for a majority of their park openings, Kids Fest events, and more. I hold an annual shoe drive to collect shoes for the homeless in Fresno as well. I also travel around the area to DJ clubs, weddings, proms/formals, special events, fraternity and sorority events, community events etc. I am also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. We are constantly holding events to help out the community.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
I would want to be on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" as the recuccurring DJ for all of the Kardashian events that are on their show.
10. What do you think playing big time college football contributed to you as a young man and a radio professional?
The road to make the team as a walk-on was one of the most difficult things I have done in my life. The amount of hours put in and the sacrifices that it took showed me that if you put the time in and focus, amazing things can happen. I have a knack for being the underdog that gets overlooked. I am fine with that because I know that I have to work that much harder in order to succeed. It also taught me that at any given time, someone could be scouting you. That means give it your all and never pass on an opportunity to be great.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
I love Italian! I would have to figure out how to make some protein pasta if this were the case!
Who have some of your favorite artist interviews been with?
My favorite artist interview was Busta Rhymes! This guy really is a true entertainer and has so much wisdom. I even did a quick mix of all his records, live on the radio, and he was so amped! I put on an instrumental to talk over and he ended up rapping the song! It sounded EXACTLY like the record! This was definitely a special moment for me. Grew up listening and watching Busta's videos and now he was right in front of me.