Interviewed by Steve Harmon
A moment with JDB...<a guy I listened to growing up when he
was on WLIR, but I didn't dare tell him..Harmon>
One person is in a bad mood, the rest of you <do what to him/her?>
Berate them and make them feel worse.
How long in Philadelphia now?
got here a few weeks after William Penn
things about Philadelphia?
I've worked in four different markets. This is by far the best city I've
ever spent time in. Because of our sports fans the people of the city have
looked boorish and without class. I really don't think that's true. Yes some
do stand out but overall this is a very passionate city and its people will
always let you know where you stand. Once they embrace you you are theirs.
Just don't get on their bad side. This city is a lot more than pretzels and
cheese steaks. I grew up in New York and never thought I could love a town
more than that one. I've always said there isn't enough money to get me to
move back to New York. That's really not true. There is, they just never
will offer THAT MUCH! I live 14 miles outside of one of the largest cities
in America and I have deer walking on my front lawn, a groundhog who lives
in a hole on the side of my property and an owl who lives in my backyard.
When I lived in New York City if I drove 14 miles outside of Manhattan... I
was in Brooklyn!
there a radio star you loved growing up listening to?
Dan Ingram, Scott Muni and Jonathan Schwartz. I learned timing and humor
from Ingram, how to do an interview from Muni and how to tell a story from
What's your biggest challenge?
time do you get into the studio for your 5:30-9am show?
much webwork do you do?
maintain the John DeBella page myself. It's a pain in the ass but it keeps
me looking for new things on the web. I actually put my first website up in
1993. I was the first person in the market using the web on the air.
you know Philips Daily Dose includes videos for your website every day?
Yes. And I also know that Philips Milk of Magnesia is great for an upset
many promos a day and who decides what runs.
There are only three promos a day that say what's happening tomorrow, but
there are flashback drops that happen every hour throughout the day. I
record the tomorrow's, Rob producer and Charlie my PD work on flashbacks.
are you using Facebook?
hate Facebook. I have a radio show, a website, and a life. What the hell do
I really need Facebook for? My local mall has a Facebook page... what's its
status, open? Once a month ago into Facebook and decide who's my friend. If
I know you're my friend if I don't... Goodbye!
your biggest challenge?
The balance between content and music. Because listeners tune
to my show for both and the balance can be tricky. Over the years I've
learned not to push the joke too far. Get in there, build it up, make your
point, shut up and play the music.
your prep changed recently?
use assorted different services kind of like watching three newscasts at the
same time. Want to see what people are leading with and want to see what
others have missed.
is your take on PPM at this point?
We were the first market to have PPM and now that we're going into our third
year with it we're realizing more and more that Arbitron still as a know
what the hell they're doing. There are ways to play it to your favor but
this is you think you know what's going on you realize that may have been
true last week but not this week, or you find out that Arbitron is either
undersized sample and everything you did was misrepresented. I love living
in the future
best BitBoard bit we ever tried was....."
Ask Dwyer and Michaels.... it was probably their idea.
or tweaks for Bitboard you might like?
would make it lemon scented and I would tell that guy that five pages from
"Jokes to Read on the John" isn't really content... unless it's working for
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