Blogs

Eric Michaels

How did I get my start?  "I sent an email to the station asking for an internship. I got the job right out of High School and the rest is HISTORY!"

What is my favorite or MOST memorable interview? "I've gotten to interview a lot of people over the years. However, I really enjoy interviewing the up and coming artists. They are usually so grateful and appreciative! They are so glad that you've taken the time to chat with them and it's cool for me because when/if they make it big you can say, "I interviewed them WAY BACK WHEN!" Some of the recent ones include James Wesley, Florida Georgia Line, Darren Warren, The Wheeler Sisters and the list goes on and on."

Best part about working in radio? "Playing the music, meeting the listeners, interacting with the people that make this station so successful. We'd be nothing without them!"

If I could do it all over again, with no stipulations/no money involved/ no age limit; what would I be doing? "You're looking at it! This is all I've ever wanted to do, can't imagine doing anything else!"

Most technological change since I started working in radio? "The increased emphasis on the digital mediums over the last few years. Websites, social media, streaming etc. have revolutionized our industry."

How would I describe your first radio gig? "I am still at my first radio gig! This is the only station I've worked for and plan to keep it that way as long as they'll have me!"

What artist would you be surprised to find on my iPod? "IPod? Psssshhh....I listen to the radio! Nothing beats the feeling you get when your favorite song comes on the radio!"

Do I have a favorite hobby outside of radio? "Ever since I became a homeowner, I find myself tinkering around the house, rather than outside the house...I think I'm getting old?"

What advice would I give people new to the business? "If this isn't your passion and what you really want to do, don't waste your time. Make yourself available and take it all in. Make yourself as versatile as you can!"

What's the biggest gaffe I've made on-air? "One time, when we were in our old facility, our studio looked into the studio of our sister station, I turned the mic on and just about said THERE positioning statement instead of ours! OOPS!"

Name an artist/act (living or dead) I'd love to meet and why? "Some of the older artists like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and even Hank Jr. Just to sit and have a few beers and listen to their stories! I guess it could still happen with Hank!"

Which celebrity do I get mistaken for? "When Eric Church was in town a while back, I got a hat and glasses close to what he wears and a few people actually thought I was him!"

What is one truth that has held constant throughout your career? "To expect the unexpected and things are constantly changing."

Would I rather watch a sitcom, a reality show, a police drama, a legal drama or a medical drama? Or something else? Why? "A friend of mine accused me of watching nothing but trash TV. My TV is usually set to Discovery, TRUtv or the History Channel."

What would I do if I had a million dollars? "NOTHING! Absolutely nothing and I'd love it!"

If someone offered me 50 dollars to sing karaoke on your show, would you do it? "Sure! It'll buy a half take of gas or so! Warning...I can't sing!"

 

More posts from this author

The Music City Minute for July 1st. Tim McGraw Reflects On The 4th of July! Tim McGraw reflects on what the 4th of July means to him! “Country music … baseball … trucks,” “Look… from where I came from, the small town that I grew up in, in a lot of ways, sort of the situation...
The Music City Minute for June 30th, 2015! Cole Swindell and the 4th of July! Cole Swindell grew up in Georgia and had to make his way to Florida to really enjoy the 4th of July due to Georgia's strict fireworks laws! “So we were always down in Panama City, Florida,” Cole...
The Music City Minute for June 25th, 2015! Tim McGraw Expalins why Shotgun Rider Is a Special Name! Tim McGraw had a successful single named Shotgun Rider , now he expalins why it's a special name not only or the song, but for his tour as well! “Every now and then a song comes...
The Music City Minute for June 25th, 2015! Tyler Hubbard is ALMOST a Married Man! As we get closer to the end of the month, Tyler Hubbard and his fiance Hayley are getting closer to walking down the aisle! The big question is, who is to thank for all the planning?! “I pretty...
Toby Keith is putting together a new project, check out 35 MPH Town, the first single from that project!
The Music City Minute for June 24th, 2015! Easton Corbin Building On Past Success! Easton Corbin burst on to the country scene several years ago with A Little More Country Than That, ever since then he has been working to build on that initial success. “That song was a huge song...
Check out the latest from Austin Webb! All Country On You is today's Ricks Smokehouse Lunchtime Find!
The Music City Minute for June 23rd, 2015! Luke Bryan Loves the Summer Heat! Luke Bryan grew up in South Georgia, so he loves being outside in the heat, however, he does have some concerns! “For me I love gettin out there and workin and sweatin, I grew up in south Georgia...