One of my favorite toys as a kid was the old-school cassette recorder I got one Christmas from Santa. I was in heaven with that thing. I pretended I had my own show, taped The Patridge Family off the TV and recorded my friend's farts as well as some of my own. I even did my own versions of those old Dickie Goodman comedy recordings like Mr. Jaws and Mr. President. Mine were about Star Wars and Farrah Fawcett and though the farts were always funnier than the shtick, I'm proud of my little comedy cassettes nonetheless. Some of the jokes hold up.
I first hit actual airways when I was in college at Arizona State University. I hosted a weekend radio show on the campus station, KASR that was available only in the dorms. I think maybe two people listened the entire semester but I had fun and I discovered Suzanne Vega, which was a good thing.
The first time I was paid to be on the radio was in 2003 as a fill-in guest host on SiriusOutQ's morning show Harrison on the Edge. I've since logged many hours on OutQ as a frequent guest and fill-in host on The Frank DeCaro Show, Derek and Romaine and The John McMullen Show. I love the freedom and spontaneity of OutQ, the listeners are a blast, and would give my left nut to host my own show on the satellite channel. Seriously, I would. I already have it wrapped up in a box, ready to go.
In January of '06, Twist, a two-hour, nationally syndicated, pop culture and music show hit the airwaves. It was like Kasey Kasem but gay and who doesn’t love a music countdown. In addition to playing songs, we had fun talk segments and interviews with people like Janet Jackson, Olivia Newton John and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. I got to work with the mega-talented co-hosts Will Wikle. Melissa Carter, Jason Drew, Jackie Clarke, Ryan and Caroline and Ben Harvey. Alas, Twist went “on hiatus” at the end of 2008. I’d love to see it come back sometime.
I dived into the wild world of podcasting in 2009 with The Comedy Couch with Dennis Hensley and Tony Tripoli. Tony Tripoli is a hilarious stand-up comic and roommate for fifteen years. On The Comedy Couch, we discuss everything from Samantha Harris's frequent verbal gaffes on Dancing with the Stars to the perils of dating in Los Angeles, stopping along to way to rave about whatever type of Mexican food we're obsessed with that week, like the seasonal tamales at El Pollo Loco. Yum
I hope to do more radio in the future because I love love love it. In the meantime, I get to enjoy The Comedy Couch and hope you will too. Subscribe for FREE on iTunes today. Happy listening.