SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

Thanks for 'Tuning In' to SanDiegRadio!

Today I bring you another edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotight. A feature I run for you to know a little more about the people behind the mic, board or even camera (TV News), traffic reporters, and maybe folks behind the scenes who help make radio/TV possible.

Today I welcome into the Spotlight Entercom San Diego's Jack Taylor, son of longtime radio host Stacy Taylor.

Jack, thanks for taking the time to chat!

What is your current position?

JT: I'm the Executive Producer and third chair on the Dana & Jayson morning show on Alt 949

SDR: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..

 When you talk so much about your life on the radio, and you work with two of your best friends, they are often one in the same! Life is good. Work is good. I love everything about my job except what time my alarm clock goes off. "There's no business like show business..."

SDR: Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?

JT: This sounds super cliche, but there are truly too many stories to keep them all straight. I've worked for many stations and many companies, but all during the first week I started working for Alt 949 (then FM 94/9) I broke up with a girlfriend I lived with, loaded up a promo van, hit the road for my first ever Coachella, and selfied with Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Not too shabby for the first week on the job.
SDR: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?

JT: I really love Fiesta Island. It's really clam and beautiful, and I can take my dogs, a pair of headphones with a beloved album or a podcast, and just waste away an afternoon in the best way possible.

SDR: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?

JT: One of the many amazing things about radio is that no two days are ever the same. Some of the technical stuff might be similar, a few things are mildly routine, but there is always something new, something to learn, or something you weren't expecting. Another cliche, but there are still a ton of days I pinch myself to think I work in this business and people pay me to do it.

SDR: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

JT: Give me all the tacos, enchiladas, etc so there are many contenders, but Miguel's Cocina in Coronado is really yummy and I love it a lot.

SDR: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?

JT: I am Radio Joe Nelson's secret love child. I play music by ear, meaning I can play the piano and guitar badly, but I've never taken a lesson, and can't read a note of written music. I'm not sure if that's interesting, but it's certainly true.

SDR: How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?

JT: I grew up in a radio family. My father worked in the business in San Diego for years and years, so I have always been around the industry in one way or another. For previous generations, the vast majority of the job was strictly what came out of the speakers. Today, we don't just do radio. We're full-service multimedia companies who do a little bit of everything. We're social media experts. We're bloggers. We're online content creators. We're Podcasters. The number of ways we have to communicate and connect with the people in our communities has grown exponentially, as have the number of entertainment options with music streaming, smart speakers, podcasts, and radio stations that stream around the world.

SDR: How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?

JT: It's everything. It's what makes radio amazing, and like no other media out there. People listen at various times in various ways, but the connection to people's routines and lives (especially for a morning show) is so important. That time in the car on the way to work is the gap between home life and work life, home family and work family, and I feel the reason people get so connected to morning radio is because they get to belong to a special club, a radio family. Just like real families, adopted families, work families, or friend families, radio comes with inside jokes, stories, and connections you get more and more invested in over time.

 What is your favorite movie?

The Usual Suspects. Gritty. Amazing dialogue. Amazing character actors. Visually striking and cool. And one of the best twists in cinema history.

SDR: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners?

JT: It's one more way the job of radio professionals has branched out from more than just what comes out of the speaker. Not everyone has the opportunity to call in and interact on a variety of relatable issues, stories, or topics, so social media is one more way people can have their voice heard, and one more way they can connect with the personalities, music, stations, events, hobbies, and anything and everything else they're in to. It's a gateway for us to reach more people, and a gateway for more people to find and interact with us.
SDR: What is your favorite radio moment?

JT: Being the San Diego Radio Spotlight!

SDR: How long have you been in radio?

JT: I started in professionally in radio around 2004, but I've been in it my entire life. Like many, my path started with a promotional tent and a stack full of stickers and t-shirts. Since my dad was in the business, for a long time I insisted I would do anything except this, but here I am nearing two decades later.

SDR: Are there any ares of radio/media any you may dislike?

JT: What makes San Diego unlike a lot of other markets is the fact we are such a transplant city. This doesn't mean we don't have people who are born and bred here, but it does mean people don't automatically glom on to things locally just because. It's the same reason San Diego sports teams have struggled to keep the attention of the masses. There is so much to do, so much to see, so much to experience in San Diego and the surrounding areas, that you're competing not only against other radio stations and other shows, but you're competing against their home town station streaming online, a walk down the boardwalk in OB, a trip across the border for a few street tacos, and anything and everything else Southern California has to offer.

SDR: What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

JT: I'm doing it right now, every morning on Alt 949 with Dana & Jayson.

SDR: What broadcasters do you look up to?

JT: Shotgun Tom is a friend and legend, Howard Stern is still one of the best interviewers ever, and locally there are far too many friends and colleagues I've learned from to mention, but I also got a lot of my early inspiration from late night TV broadcasters, specifically Dave Letterman and Conan O'Brien. I guess I have a 12:30am sense of humor.

SDR: If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?

JT: The 60s and 70s seem to really be where it was at. Society was changing with music and culture at the forefront, and radio was still more art than science... more passion than paycheck. You were judged on the music you played, the opinions you had, and/or the stories you told. As much as the internet has allowed more and more people to connect, it's also taken away a little of the small town feel of local radio.

SDR: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

JT: Cookies and pizza. I'd like to share cookies and pizza with everyone.

Thanks for this fun and candid interview, Jack. You're one of the good ones! And you really take some of the best pictures and post them, I am slightly jealous of your Luke Skywalker sefie!
Here are a few pics I have gathered up while running into Jack out on the town...

Joe Nelson


gloria said…
Why did Stacy flee to Mexico?
kcbQ said…
heard nick upton out of entercom

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