Member Spotlight – Bryan O’Neal

What is your favorite song?
“My Savior, My God” – Aaron Shust

What is the last book you’ve read?
Elon Musk – “Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”

What led you to a career in radio?
My best friend, Jim Donovan, from my youth group. He was getting into radio; I was going to be a photographer. I followed him into the business in 1972.

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Find someone to mentor you and stay dedicated about learning. Also, practice, practice, practice!

Give a shout out to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
I’ve got to go with my friend John Frost. While he never tells me what to do, he’s always there as a sounding board, and he help strategize what I am thinking of doing, helping me to get the most impact for KSGN. He’s a big help coaching talent to be the most relatable to our listeners.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
By giving work a rest. Get out and live life with everybody else and you’ll find all kinds of life experiences that you can bring back to the show. Also, watch a lot of comedy.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Neither – I’m connected enough with my iPhone and my MacBook Air.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My time on the Morning show with Brandi and Melissa. They get me; we have worked well in mornings for nearly 7 years.

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
My favorite Air personality passed away two years ago. Charlie Tuna. I listened to his airchecks in the 70’s when I was a rookie. He was always prepped, funny and just a regular guy on the radio. I also listened to him in the LA market when I moved here in 2006.

What was your last non-industry job?
Berland’s Shoes – Selling Women’s shoes… lot’s of running back and forth to the stock room as they try on several pair.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
To me, the biggest accomplishment is growing the KSGN audience by 280% in the nearly 12 years that I have been at the station.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
It’s better to use brass floats rather than plastic ones in your Holly 750 carburetor. The plastic ones deteriorate quicker.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’m not sure if they have this one yet… Blue Skies! Because that sounds like hope! AND, it’s my favorite “pick me up” song by my friend Bryan Duncan. The fact that he wrote that positive outlook song in the midst of depression is amazing to me.

Bryan O’Neal
KSGN – Program Director
CMB Gold Member Since 2017