THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE BIG RED RADIO
I started working at 98 KUPD in fall of 1998. I began as a free intern, after a year was hired as a part-time “jock”, and later hired as the full-time overnight DJ.
These days, I’m lucky enough to still work at The Big Red Radio. I do my best to entertain the good people of Phoenix part-time, every Saturday afternoon and on holidays.
After 14 + years of being affiliated with Arizona’s best Rock station, I’d like to share some of the “little things” I love about this place.
- The water that comes out of the break room sink is literally the hottest liquid on earth! Sorry lava, at best, you’re second place. If you place your hand under the faucet after it’s been running for 1.7 seconds, you may end up in the emergency room. What’s weird is, there’s NO hot water in the bathroom, a place you’d expect or welcome hot water.
- Speaking of the break room, there are 4 coffee makers and I’m pretty sure only 1 of them works. One coffee maker has been here since the Reagan administration but for some reason, nobody throws it away. The employee lockers are very cool, looking at them is like opening a rock n’ roll time capsule. I hear if you open a secret locker, you’ll find hundreds of “Sex Machine Band’ records. As I mentioned before, I’ve been around here for 14 years and one thing has never changed, the vending machine is filled with expired snacks. How does one continue to fill a vending machine with dangerous, rancid, inedible, food-ish products? I still love Twix no matter how old it is.
- When the decision was made to redecorate the Big Red Radio halls and studio with autographed guitars and gold and platinum records from artists like Metallica, Tool, and Megadeth, it obviously meant some of the older “decorations” had to go. Long gone are posters and flyers from the ghosts of DJs and events past. Buy what do you do with memorabilia rock n’ roll history that are… not as cool as they used to be, but are still somewhat relevant, like Live or Everclear? Stick ‘em in the bathroom! It say’s “we care enough not to throw you in the garbage”, but also say’s “you’re only good enough for the room where we shit”.
Finally, and the reason for this post in the first place is what is used for a doorstop in the KUPD studio. I’m guessing in most places, people use a doorstop to prop open a door? Maybe a medium sized stone? Well, we use a “wahwah” pedal! That’s right, A Wylde Cry Baby “Wah Wah” pedal! Made famous by such legendary guitarists as Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell, Slash, Kirk Hammett, and Zakk Wylde, and we use it to keep our door open! That’s metal bro.
All those things, plus great people, great music and great events, make the Big Red Radio an awesome place to work.