When and where were you born?
August 16, Gastonia, NC
Hometown and high school?
Gastonia, NC, Hunter Huss High
Gaston College, Electronics & Technical Electronics Service
Hobbies as a child?
Electronics, Radio Broadcasting
The Wizard of Oz (I know, I know...)
That depends entirely on what I'm doing at the time. I like everything from Jazz to doo-woop.
Restoring Classic Cars, Audio and Video editing and yes, Apple
Computers - my daughter and I buy, repair and sell Apple
Duties with The Big Show?
Executive Producer, General Manager (yes, really)
How did you start in this business?
My father owned a tiny little AM Radio Station when I was born. It was the family business until I was in High School. Radio is all I've ever known. Sad isn't it.
Any entertainment background you want to include?
I was Scooby Doo one summer at Carowinds Theme Park. Does that help?
Any odd habits?
I just can't resist a clearance item. I'm a real sucker for anything
marked half-off. Also, I'm a little more than a tab obsessivecompulsive.
Not a real good combination for my retirement
Are you married, and if so, how long?
God yes...since 1985.
Children...first names and ages?
One daughter - Miranda. She's now 22 and a proud student at
High Point University where she is majoring in Interactive Media
and Video Game Design. (Behold the power of dominate geek
2 dogs; A Sheltie named Earle the Wonder Dog and Sami - The
World's Sweetest Jack Russell Terrier.
What famous person would you like to meet ?
I still gotta go with Neil Armstrong on this one - but now that he's
where he is, I'm not in quite as big of a hurry…
If you could be any one person for a day...who would it be?
Definitely John Boy - but only if he was going to be me on the
same day...then I'd show him...I mean me...or him...
1969 Chevrolet Malibu. Three on the tree. Bald tires and a blown
head gasket - just five more payments and it's all mine!
Worked for my Dad at the radio station - but didn't get paid...first "paying gig" was as a bus boy at Harry-O's fish camp. My first radio job came along in 1978. It was a small Top-40 station in Dallas, NC (WAAK-96). That's where I first met another radiogeek named Billy James - we've been friends ever since.
Do good things and good things will happen. - Earl Hickey
Best memory on the show?
Broadcasting live from the White House...
Most interesting guest?
I think all of our guests are interesting. I'm always amazed at how normal the celebrities we have in seem to be.
Hopes for the future?
The future?! - I'm just trying to make it through today!