Jim McInnes - November 2013 Spotlight
Each of my jobs is different every day, so it's never boring. And I am blessed to work in radio, my chosen profession. I studied broadcasting in college and I have been a professional ever since I graduated. (Southern Illinois University, Class of 1970, baby!)
Who are your all time favorite musical artists?
I get asked this question all the time and I have no answer. I love music. Music has been part of my life since I was about 9 years old. The only style of music I haven’t warmed up to is opera, and that’s just because operas are often sung in Italian or some other European language. I love the music behind the singers, though.
And your current favorite?
My old friend Richie Ranno recently made me aware of a band from L.A. called Vintage Trouble. They are like James Brown backed by ZZ Top. I also dig an organ trio from Austin, Texas, called Dupree. I am also a huge fan of Afro-Cuban, Salsa and other forms of Latin music. I am discovering new “favorites” every week.
Tell me about your personal side.
I have been married to my wife, Sandi Banister, for 30 years and we have five grandchildren. We love to travel. I play guitar (A white 1995 Fender Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan pickups, for you players out there) in a blues/rock trio with original Iron Butterfly drummer Jack Pinney, who’s also played in Glory, Jerry Raney and the Shames, The Jacks and Modern Rhythm, and bassist/singer John Gunderson, who used to play with Claude Coma and the I.V.’s, The Spectacles, Modern Rhythm and a plethora of other groups. Great guys and great players. I have been in bands, both good and terrible, since about 1967.
What are your favorite restaurants?
Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant in Kensington is one of my favorites, as is C Level on Harbor Island and Choice of Mandarin in Tierrasanta.
What are your movie interests?
I love well-made documentaries most of all. But I also love good science-fiction and concert films, most of which I see on the Palladia HD channel. I am also a fan of the Turner Classic Movies channel.
Do you have any hobbies?
I have been a “ham” radio operator since I was 15. I still have my FCC-issued license and I love to talk to other hams around the world. That’s the kind of radio that got me hooked on broadcasting.
What are your favorite parts of the city?
San Diego is so beautiful, it’s hard to pick a favorite ‘hood. I am, however, partial to the older areas like Kensington, University Heights and Mission Hills. The beaches are great to visit but usually too crowded. La Jolla's pretty posh, but If I have an appointment in La Jolla, where the traffic is ridiculous, I leave home 3 hours beforehand!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I love living in San Diego. It really is “America’s Finest City.” Whenever we fly in from some exotic location, I always think, “God, I love this place!” There’s no place like home.