SanDiegoRadio is Interviewed

By Joe Nelson
   I have interviewed many people in the radio and TV industry over the years. Tuesday I was on the other side for the first time.

   By now I think everyone knows for the last year my daughter & I have been living with Iheart's Chris Merrill and his wife, "Mrs. Voice of Merrill" LuAnn. Also their daughter Sierra and dog Dutch as well as newcomer Milli the puppy.

   Sierra is a senior and was to interview someone 'with a passion'. She came to me and of course I had to accept.

   At the end of July we will be moving our separate ways but this has easily been one of the most enjoyable years of my life, not to mention how much confidence my daughter Katie has gained through the guidance and mentoring the Merrills have provided. This is a GREAT family!

(Chris can now be heard on KFYI in Phoenix via the Iheart app Mon-Fri)

And now, the interview:

Sierra Jones

Show Me the Passion

Joe Nelson is the Editor-in-Chief of He is someone that I look up to because he is so passionate about everything he does, especially radio. Joe has been a close family friend for almost five years now, so really he is more family than a friend. Being editor-in-chief Joe has several responsibilities; photographing, interviewing, writing and researching. He has been working on for five years, it was his experience and opportunities to get involved in radio that got him involved and kept him interested ever since. Joe puts in at least 20 hours into his work every week, but that isn’t much considering how much he enjoys what he does. Meeting people, socializing, and everything that he learns on a daily basis are some of the things he enjoys the most.
Joe says; “People have jobs and careers, but when you truly find something that touches you deeply it becomes a passion and not a job.” He is thankful that he has found his passion in his life. Even if he won a $100 million lottery, he would continue doing what he is doing because it has been his passion for many years. In the past Joe saw himself as a baseball player but he knew he had a knack for writing and radio so he made something out of it. There are very few things that Joe does not enjoy about his job. But there are challenges and lessons to be learned from every career. Joe occasionally receives information about a person's’ fate, such as if they are going to lose their job, even before they are aware. He has to make the difficult decision to either keep this information to himself or publishing it for fear of hurting other people. Besides that Joe loves what he does, he hopes to continue this career because of how rewarding it is.
There have been many people in Joe’s life that have inspired him. Firstly Jim Ladds’ book, Radio Waves has inspired his life he carries this book with him almost everywhere. His daughter also plays a huge role inspiring and helping move forward his career. She has been there from the start, she is always a huge help and it has produced some great father-daughter bonding time. Joe has met a lot of people from his career, people who have become life-long friends. People such as Shotgun Tom Kelly and Dave Rickards. Meeting these people have been the highlight of Joe’s career. Growing up Joe's role models were his parents, as he got older everyone he met and worked with in his job became important role models because of the positive influence they had in his life. Now everyone that is in local radio or TV are his role models because of the close relationships that he has made with them and the impact they have had on his radio career.
Joe is the only mediawriter in San Diego. He has created something that is entirely his own and the impact is great on the community because it is his own voice. Joes’ advice to a high school student preparing for the future? “If you find your passion, go at it 100% and your heart will always thank you.”

-It's not surprising that she is wearing swim goggles or that there is an Amazon box on the porch. That's the crazy we love with, and love-

Joe Enjoys long walks on the beach, Disneyland, and mexican food. You can find him frequently at Cafe Coyote in Old Town. If Joe wasn’t doing radio he would be building sets for Hollywood movies. And if he were a dog, he would be the president's dog so he could protect the leader of this great nation.  


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