Russ Parr recently spoke with online music industry trade publication AllAccess.com and answered 10 questions. Take a look at Russ’ answers to get more insight into your favorite morning show personality.
1) What was your first job in radio? Early influences?
My first radio job was at KLBS/Los Banos, CA. I was influenced by Dr. Don Rose on KFRC/San Francisco. He had wild one-liners with bells and whistles.
2) What led you to a career in radio? Was there a defining moment that made you realize “this is it”? And do you have a pet peeve?
I loved acting, but realized I wasn’t going to make enough money at it. Pet peeve is people with huge egos who haven’t earned the right to have one.
3) If you were just starting out in radio, knowing now what you didn’t then, would you still do it?
Yes, I played the game. Sometimes listening rather than talking helps.
4) One of the unique things about “The Russ Parr Morning Show” is its spontaneity. What do you have to do to make that work and keep it fresh?
It’s all about timing. A lot of times when you’re doing an improv show, you have to know when to get in and when to get out. I trust other people, but not as much as I trust myself. I still get off on a tightly executed show.
5) Another thing that we’ve observed is that your syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show,” which emanates from WKYS in Washington, is primarily geared to Urban audiences but is very mass-appeal from a content standpoint. You’re really competing with a lot of Urban and Urban AC morning shows.
Yes, because I feel everybody with a microphone, regardless of the format, competes on content. If the content you’re spewing is competitive, you can do it on any format. Currently joining me on the morning show is Alfredas, Supaken and Albert “Sumbody Trippin.”
6) In addition to your radio duties, you’ve also hosted television shows and now you’ve got a book and you’ve directed another new movie.
Yes, the book is called “The Game Behind The Game.” And the new movie is “The Under Sheppard.” Last year we completed a film called “35 And Ticking.”
Does all this significantly impact the number of hours that you have available to enjoy your leisure time?
We’re not doing the television show anymore, so that’s not a problem. However, when I direct a movie it can be trying, working 19 hours a day but I love it.
7) What are some of the other projects you’re involved with that you would like to share with our readers?
I have a comedy film that’s been out for a while, called “Something Like a Business.”
Read Russ Parr’s answers to questions 8-10, and check out the bonus questions right here.
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