Without further ado… I give you Part Two if my Jake Fogelnest, Sirius XM DJ and Stern contributor!
What’s the best part of working at XMU/Alt Nation?
The people are great. It amazes me, I’ve been at Sirius XM for four years and I’ve never had an argument once. I love who I work with. Rob Cross and Jeff Regan, Gregg Steele, Steve Blatter. It’s like all the guys who GET IT in radio seem to come work at Sirius.
It’s also pretty damn awesome who passes through the halls. I get to interview all these amazing bands and see them perform a few feet from my face.
And the way we produce stuff it gives me lots of free time to work on other projects.
I am really happy to be at Sirius XM – it’s the best job in radio. I feel bad for anyone who works somewhere else!
Do you get to choose any of the music you play?
Jeff and Rob are extremely good about that. I’m always asked for my input but I don’t take advantage of it nearly as much as I should. The thing is those dudes are so great at programming there’s not a lot for me to complain about!
What have been your most memorable interviews? The good / The bad?
I got to interview DEVO this year which was a total dream come true. I’ve been interviewing bands since I was a kid, but no band has meant more to me than Devo. Just getting to sit down with those guys and get them to sign my energy dome was amazing.
Do you ever get to hang out with Howard?
Howard is amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to be around the Stern show since I was 17. The first time I called in to the show I was 13. I made a phony phone call to a local Bible show in Philadelphia:
“Can you say a prayer for my sick daughter… and have you ordered Howard Stern’s Butt Bongo Fiesta 1-800-52-Stern?”
Howard and Robin loved it.
The whole Stern show crew have been so cool to me over the years. I got to see a screening of “Private Parts” with them, one of the first times the whole crew had actually seen the film. I got to go to Scores and have Lonnie take care of me on my 18th birthday. They just recently replayed me as a guest on the Stern show when I was seventeen years-old. Howard had me on as a guest because MTV had canceled my show, there were all kinds of rumors about me with drugs and he wanted to hear the story.
I was actually pretty amazed listening back to it a few months ago. I was seventeen when it aired. My show had just been canceled. I wasn’t officially hired at K-Rock yet. That could’ve been the absolute end of my career right there. And I found myself listening to it, almost fifteen years later… and it wasn’t the end of my career at all, but the start. I can’t tell you the gratitude that filled me with.
One other cool Stern story: The day after he left for Sirius, I ripped the “MIC 1″ button off of his radio console. I didn’t like the idea of anyone turning on that mic besides Howard. I stole it to ensure it would never be used by anyone but him. Besides, it was easy to replace. David Lee Roth could use a replacement.
One morning I heard Howard was gloating about the demise of K-Rock and CBS Radio and he mentioned feeling a bit nostalgic about his old console. I decided it was time to return this item to Howard. So I gave it to Tim Sabean.
Tim had the button enclosed in a glass box and gave it to Howard. He thought it was really great and has it in his office. I thought that was an insanely cool thing for Tim to do. I’m glad I was able to return that little piece of history to the Stern Show.
Anything else you can think of that our TSS Contingent would want to know?
I think it’s the job of a disc jockey to be unobtrusive and as non-annoying as possible while playing the music. There are so many DJ’s that try to force in their agenda instead of just presenting the music and some brief cool stuff with it. Those DJ’s need to find other outlets to get that sh*t out of their system. I hope that when people listen to me on Sirius XM I’m doing my job right — just trying to be slightly amusing and not being too much of a pain in the ass in between the songs!
TSS Radio is awesome – all you guys are so cool and such great fans of what Sirius XM does. And it’s been a pleasure to promote it during my idiotic webcast on Friday night!! It’s cool to talk radio stuff and Howard! Not that I don’t love VH1 and comedy and everything, but radio is such a big part of my life. You guys are like Sirius XM’s biggest supporters and that is AWESOME!!!!
Thanks, Jake… We think you’re alright too!
Follow Jake on Twitter at @jakefogelnest
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