Johnson & Johnson
(Tommy & Joe)
Salt Lake City
Interviewed by Steve
Harmon: What would CRS, CMA,
BFD, ACM, um Bootcamp be without the smiles from our longtime successful
friends Johnson and Johnson...although to fess up I can never remember which
is which and still just say HI BOYS!
Harmon: Lets re-visit and refresh us all on how you found each other and
came together on air and update your team! Current show staff..station..that
kind of thing..
We were paired up in late '93 in Pittsburgh. Tommy - who'd previously taken
Z-93 in Dayton to number one - was promoted to mornings. He needed a partner
and Joe was the only candidate inexperienced and cheap enough to know what
he was signing up for! Fast forward to now: 16 years later. We're at K-Bull
93 in Salt Lake City, doing the same show with the help of the very capable
Matti "Matt" Ramone, Sandy Beach with news and General Gridlock with
Harmon: Harmon: How long in your market?.
Dave: We've been here since September of
Harmon: Harmon: What does it take to
stay in a market for a long time and still be fresh?.
Dave: As long as a show relies on the local and
national current events, trends, happenings, and tries to talk about what
everyone here is talking about ... it's not an issue because that way, the
show is constantly fresh and evolving anyway
Harmon: Coolest thing about your city?
Dave: Right now - the coolest thing about Salt
Lake is that we have two local finalists on American Idol (and rumors of an
Osmond getting called BACK to American Idol), two Utah natives on Dancing
With The Stars, one local on Survivor, a Utah contestant who's just come
home from The Bachelor and we're the home of all 3 High School Musical
Harmon: Radio star in your city you loved
growing up listening to?
Dave: Tommy grew up in D.C. and didn't realize
how lucky he was. He's heard the legendary DC 101 shows of Stern and all the
classic Don & Mike. He had WPGC and also got to hear "The Greaseman"
whenever he wanted. Joe grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and listened to Gary
Burbank in the afternoons.
Harmon: Harmon: Positive things about
Dave: Streaming. With a few keystrokes, you can
listen to nearly any show, anywhere. It's a great tool to hear fresh ideas
or new techniques from shows who really have their act together.
Harmon: Harmon: What time do
you get to the studio? How much prep happens before you even leave the
Dave: After 16 years together, we both STILL
show up at 4 am sharp. We go through our local paper & USA Today and a stack
of show prep 2 inches thick. All the while, watching the 10'clock news from
the night before to find out what we and the newspapers, missed. At home we
go through another local paper, watch Idol or Dancing With The Stars or
whatever is hot and local - at the time, and both of us make notes about
Harmon: What's your biggest challenge?
Dave: There are 5 country music stations in
Salt Lake City, including ours, in this - the most over-radioed city in the
Harmon: Do you eat during the show?
How do you try to stay in shape? Do you try?
Dave: Tommy eats an apple every morning around
7. He then eats a peanut butter bar around 8.
Joe eats a 6 dollar burger from Carl's Jr. around 9. (All true)
How do we stay in shape? Next question.
Harmon: At ten o'clock or whenever you get off,
how do you know it was a "good" show?
Dave: When every line is STILL blazing and we
... are ... exhausted
Harmon: Amount of time with PD every
Dave: About 20 minutes a day, over the phone.
(And it's never about the show but instead ... it's about some girl he puked
on at a party back at SDSU, or the night he spent in a Mexican jail, or last
-Thursday - when he was "feeling up for it" and asked one of us to have an
argument with him.)
Harmon: "The best BitBoard bit we ever tried
Dave: Can You Drink a Gallon of Milk Challenge
The Big Thank You.
Harmon: Wish more people on Bitboard would....?
Dave: ... talk more about what they did on
their shows and go into more detail about how they executed their stuff on
<<PERFECT answer! People, take
Harmon: When the room's tense how do you break
Dave: Drawing Joe Tummy Art. Find out more at
How do you like this years re-design of Philips Daily
Dave: Inventive, captivating and fun. A great
read. The feel good hit of the 2008 - 09!
<<Okay... you haven't really seen it,
have you... -Philip>>
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