10 Questions with ... Talus Knight
October 4, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
WQOK/Raleigh (96-98), WHAT/Atlanta (98-2000), WFXM/Macon (2000-2001), WCDX/Richmond (2001-2003), WENZ/Cleveland (2003-2007), WFXM-WRWR-WYPZ/Macon (2008-2014), KKND-KMEZ-WRKN-WZRH/New Orleans
1. What got you into radio?
I remember riding along with my father when I was younger while he listened to radio icons like Paul Harvey, Don Imus, and whoever else was on the AM dial. So, at a very young age talk radio was my first love which is pretty weird because most of my peers focus was on the FM side. I was already an old black man at the age of 13!
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a History professor. I've always been a student of history which I feel gives one a special perspective on the current events of the day.
3. What was the biggest change in the move to New Orleans?
The HUMIDITY for one! And having to budget monthly for heartburn pills. lol
4. Who are some of your radio mentors?
Darryl Johnson, DJ DVS, Kesha Monk, Mike Roberts, Alan Sneed, Lamonda Williams, Mary-Catherine Sneed, Tonya Byrd, George Cook, Steve Hegwood, Tony Gray, Russ Parr, Pat Galloway and Jeff Brown...good teachers and great people. I'll forever be grateful to these folks.
5. New Orleans isn't a big secret to most but what would probably surprise most people about New Orleans?
We all say that this is a "who you know" business we're in, right? Well in Louisiana and especially in NOLA if you don't have a 'plug' it's really difficult to get anything done. So I've spent most of the last two years networking the different social circles here which has done wonders for our brands as far as access is concerned.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Kanye West "Father Stretch My Hands" (just makes you feel good when it comes on)
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
Teaching a History class somewhere in America.
8. What do you like to do with all that spare time that programmers today have? ;)
Hahaa...well I'm addicted to reading biographies so there's that. It's going to sound cheesy but I love to walk the Central Business District and the French Quarter and marvel at the architecture. This city is like Disneyland for someone who not only loves history but American History.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
Definitely The Apprentice...so I could tell Trump he's FAT too!
10. When I tell a stranger that I'm in "music business", they invariably ask me what instrument do I play. Do you have any musical talents?
Not in the classical sense but I started my career as DJ although I did stray away from that when I started getting interested in programming and branding.
If you had to eat one type of meal every day for a month, what would it be?
ALL CREOLE EVERYTHING! Who Dat!
Being in New Orleans you had to know there would be more than one 'food' question. Which are some of your personal favorite restaurants in the city?
- Doris Metropolitan (Dopest steakhouse EVER)
- Luke's (Seafood)
- Sammy's (Greatest Lunch spot EVER)
- Compere Lapin (Upscale Caribbean food)
- Bourbon House
- District Donuts...there's really not enough room here, I could go for days.