“We’re in that chair for four hours to entertain. If we can do that and make someone laugh, I feel like we’ve done our job.” – Kevin Turner
Kevin Turner doesn’t sleep, and that’s not his fault. It also might be one of the reasons why he’s very good at his job.
Ben and Skin on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas are one of the most entertaining local sports radio shows in the country and although Kevin operates behind the scenes, his impact on the program each day is felt by many.
KT is the latest guest on the Podcast About Sports Radio to talk about his career shift, the challenges of guest-booking, the behind-the-scenes creation of bits and more.
INSIDE THIS EPISODE
- How he got the bug for sports radio and earned his first job
- The way he wound up working on the “Ben and Skin” show
- Why he gave up his desire to do Play by Play
- What a typical day with his show consists of
- How he manages sleeping despite the heavy workload
- The creative process with “Ben and Skin” and his favorite bits
- Dealing with critics who want more sports, less fun on the show
- How he handles situations when his ideas don’t appear on the show
- Some of his pet peeves of what he hears on sports radio stations
FROM THE GUEST
- Kevin’s Twitter handle: @KTFunTweets
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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