The February 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features 107.9 Mountain Country's Chris Torrick
What is your current position/title?
Station Manager/Ops Manager/PD/Whatever gets thrown at me lol!
What are your favorite parts of the job?
There are so many positives to what I get to do, I think
I would be here all day. I work with some incredibly talented
people that all make our LPFM a pretty special place to be. I
like the idea that we have complete control over content and
music. We are also really fortunate to have a nice facility
in Alpine. Most radio people are a little shocked when they see
Who are your all time favorite musical artists?
U2, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Cash, r.e.m., Radney Foster, English Beat, Hank Williams, Talk Talk, Wayne Toups, Dwight Yoakam. I'm pretty much an 80's alt geek that loves Country, Cajun Zydeco and a good singer/songwriter.
And your current favorite?
We started playing a song from Miranda Lambert a few weeks ago called "Automatic" and I cant get enough of it. I'm loving what is coming out of the U2 camp and their new record. I've also been listening to the Hymmed Again projects from Bart Millard. Locally I've been digging Graham Nancarrow and Sara Petit.
Tell us how you got in to radio -
I got in to radio when a music career as a kid fell apart.
I had been playing music in local hayrides and bluegrass
festivals in Arkansas and Moved to San Diego for the
first time in 1981. Things escalated for me here after someone
saw me playing music at a place called Speakeasy Pizza in El Cajon.
A few days later I was visiting with a reporter from The Daily
Californian and I was featured on their TIP (teen information page).
That got in to the hands of Frankie Laine and after a visit with
him I was connected with Rock Kreutzer at "Big Oak Ranch" in Harbison
Canyon. I started appearing there with the house band and Rock was
sneaking me in the back door at "The Palomino Club" in North
Hollywood for showcases. It was at the Palomino where I played
a party for the cast and crew of the series "Dukes Of Hazzard".
The music career came to a halt when my manager was arrested for the second degree murder in the death of his son-in-law. I sold my storage unit full of PA equipment, exited the music business and never looked back.
What are your favorite restaurants?
Bud's Louisiana Café, Alpine Taco Shop, Mardi Gras Cafe, Village Pizzaria,
In and Out Burger, Filippi's - Little Italy
What are your movie interests?
I've become a documentary dweeb of sorts. Last one I watched "Good Ole Rita" on Netflix and loved it. I just finished "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" and am trying to get in to the whole juicing thing. Care for a Spinach,Kale, Carrot & Apple juice combo? Another movie that stands out is "The Way Home". It's a Korean film. My Wife and I had 3 exchange students from South Korea for a year and they turned us on to it. Anything music and film related I like "That Thing You Do", "Music And Lyrics","U2 360".
Do you have any hobbies?
My family is my hobby. My wife Pamela and I celebrate 15 Years together
next month. I've got 2 incredible kids - Grayson turns 9 in August and
Aubrey just turned 7. They keep me busy when the radio station doesn't.
What are your favorite parts of the city?
Any place I can go by trolley. I have been itching to take a day off and
just go riding on the trolley and explore. We love going to Coronado as
a family. There is something about that beach that says "disconnect". Sea
World is a regular stop for us. It's not to hard to find something cool to
do in Americas' Finest City.
Chris, thanks for taking your time for SanDiegoRadio.org!