GET TO KNOW JOEY
How long have you been in Radio? How did you get into the business?
I’ve been in radio for 7 years, I was attending New Mexico State University at the time when I heard a job position was opening at Radio of Las Cruces. I was a Journalism major with no clue as to what I wanted to do.
Where are you from? Talk about the child version of you?
The majority of my childhood, I grew up in Animas, New Mexico. (If you know where that is you’re awesome!) Raised by a single mom and my grandparents, a lot of my time was spent playing sports and doing after school activities that would get me out of the house and around friends. You wouldn’t believe it now, but as a kid I was really shy.
What did you want your career to be as a child?
I really wanted to be a chef, one of the many memories as a child was being in the kitchen with my mom and grandma baking, cooking, and just having fun cooking. These days, I don’t mind rolling up my sleeves and cooking for my wife.
Who was some of your favorite musicians/artist to listen to growing up?
I grew up listening to a variety of music like Michael Jackson, Run DMC, and Kris Kross, to name a few. The beauty of growing up in my house is the different genres of music you would hear on Saturday mornings (Saturday’s were meant for cleaning house). One minute you’re listening to Whitney Houston, next thing it was Vicente Fernandez, to Selena, to Los Tigres del Norte, then to Reba McEntire or Garth Brooks. We used to fight over who would control the radio.
What has been a stand out moment in your Radio Career Thus far?
Getting the opportunity to interview Rev Run of Run-DMC! He is a pioneer in Hip- Hop. It was one of the first interviews I ever conducted. At the time, we were talking about his upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and his personal take on the future of Hip-Hop. I’ve been blessed to interview many artists, actors, comedians, and entertainers that I admired as a kid, but talking with Rev Run will always be a highlight for me! Who would have thought that this boy from a small farm town would have a job where you are able to interview living legends?
If you could have a conversation with the younger version of yourself, what would you tell them?
You are destined to do great things. The love and support of your family and friends is what will help you reach your goals. As long as you have that drive to be great, you will always be a winner, no matter what the outcome is. Every obstacle that is thrown in your direction no matter if it’s good or bad, is meant to be treated as a learning experience because it builds your character, and you’ll appreciate it later in life.
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