JD & the Wake Up Crew
West Palm Beach
Interviewed by Steve Harmon
I really can't say when
I first met JD, but he has been a great Bitboard member for years and years. His
work ethic is second to very few, and he will spend his own money to make a bit
or stunt go the way his vision of it is. Check his website for great bit ideas
at www.wirk.com. Its JD, Jennifer, Bill & Tiny
Harmon: JD, how did you end up in West Palm Beach?
JD : I got here in 1996 after
working at KLDE in Houston where I did the morning show and weekend weather for
NBC's KPRC-TV. Before that, I had stints in Chicago, Sacramento, Springfield,
Illinois and Davenport, Iowa.
Harmon: Who's on your team?
JD: I truly have the best staff right now that I've ever had. (NO
Harmon, you can't call any of them and offer them jobs!) Seriously, Bill Adams
is the best damn news guy on the face of the planet. Jennifer is the most
creative female on radio. Tiny (our producer) must be Tommy Sablan's son!
Harmon: BFD 2003 is Florida
bound. What's it like doing Country in South Florida?
JD: Well, try catering to everyBODY from Donald Trump, Celine
Dion, Rod Stewart and Jimmy Buffett to guys who haul garbage in the swamp in
Belle Glade! That's a snapshot of our audience. We'll do a benefit at Bud
Paxon's (PAX-TV) Casa Nana one weekend on Palm Beach and host the Swamp Buggy
Races the next!
Harmon: How would you
describe your show?
JD: We're a very contemporary show that just happens to play
country music. Our prep and stunts get us more TV time and press than any other
station in the market! It's like this. I suck. So, I surround myself with
brilliant people to make up for my inadequacies!
Harmon: What's the one thing
you wish you HADN'T done on air?
JD: A 50-minute music hour after 9:00 a.m.!
Harmon: What's the coolest
thing you've done on the air?
JD: I bought the $250 million
dollar Palm Beach Courthouse for $5.00 with a personal check. Every year we
broadcast live from the courthouse (which they've since renamed "JD's Palm
Beach County Courthouse") on the anniversary of the purchase and hands out
free donuts to everyone.
Harmon: JD, what do you think
are your best/worst qualities?
Jennifer & Bill: Oh, we got this one!!
Worst -- OVERLY anal about being on-time! In JD's world, 8:00 a.m.
means 4:00 a.m. (honestly). We're having visions of the time we sat in the
Nashville Airport for FIVE count 'em FIVE hours to make sure we made our flight!
The plus-side to this is that if we get to an event and JD's NOT there, we know
we're either in the wrong place, something's not right, or JD is in for some
major flack on the air.
Best -- JD, is a good leader and a fun guy to work with.
Harmon: Most memorable
experience as a group?
JD: Sleeping together in L.A.... they only booked one room for ALL
am proud to say after 16 years together, Harmon and Evans never slept in the
same room for any reason, at any time. Thanks Team, for working so hard and
sharing your best stuff with us on Bitboard.