March 18, 2014

Our Neighbors: ‘On air’ aspirations from a young age



“My second job was at the (again now defunct) old WYGO radio in Corbin, which was at 99.5 on the FM dial. The late Bill Slone was the program director there, and they had gotten a license to increase their power to 50,000 watts, which was a pretty big deal. I was in school at the time, moonlighting doing afternoon drive. I’ll never forget, he came in and asked if I would be interested in doing mornings. Anyone who knew me then could tell you I was nowhere near a morning person, so it was a big ‘no’ right off the bat from me. It’s ironic now. The very thing I ran from back then is what I’m now known for.

“I have been doing mornings for several years now. I honestly did not know what I was missing before. I wouldn’t go back now if I could. And the solitude —  as long as you know there’s someone out there listening, you never really feel alone, even though, essentially, most of the time you are the only one in the room.”

Sometimes the perks and rewards can be great — concert and event tickets, plus access to celebrities.

Jervis recalls some of these rewards —  meeting and interviewing celebrities.

“I suppose among the ones that stand out is Jessi Colter. She was just the sweetest thing to me, and the whole time I was freaking out double, because not only was I speaking with Jessi Colter, but she was also married to Waylon Jennings, of whom I’m a huge fan. I did a phoner with Alan Parsons once. That was cool. We talked about his time spent engineering the Beatles and Pink Floyd, and we spoke at length about his amazing recording career with the Alan Parsons Project as well. I interviewed Ron Eckerman, who was a road manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and was actually on the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane when it went down in the swamp. That was chilling, just speaking with a survivor of that. I met and interviewed the true definition of a southern gentleman, Charlie Daniels, last year. That was a thrill, as was spending some conversational time with and having my picture taken with Joan Jett. I met Dale Earnhardt as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr., in different locations but in the same year, back in the late 90s. Meeting Dottie Rambo was a big thrill, too. I made sure to get a picture with her and my grandma together, two grand ladies of gospel music. And I ran smack into Taylor Swift at a Paul McCartney show in Nashville. That was pretty cool; at least to my teenage daughter.”

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