“In the radio business, you have to love the sound of your own voice.”
This episode was recorded August 1, 2016. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!
Orlando Montoya was my first introduction to professional radio two decades ago, and he’s still doing what he loves today. For 15 of those years, he was associated with Savannah’s NPR station including serving as the local host for “Morning Edition.” He has interviewed literally thousands of people, and took his stories online with SavannahPodcast.com. His content also appear on WHCJ 90.3 FM (Savannah State University) and in Connect Savannah.
Check him out in action here:
0:00 – Meet Orlando through the wonders of a game called Public or Commercial.
7:24 – How we met at WUCF.
14:05 – How do you get the interview? Shove the mic in someone’s face. Get out there and start talking.
18:44 – Orlando goes to Savannah. Radio journalism gives him the opportunity to become part of the Coastal Empire like few get a chance to.
27:17 – Orlando’s Top 10 list (established 1992). For 24 years, Orlando has been producing a list of his weekly top songs. An homage to Casey Kasem? Yes!
31:54 – How Orlando approaches editing his podcasts, taking it from an interview to storytelling. That brings us to karaoke.
38:00 – More about Orlando, in a nutshell.
44:19 – Working in the newsroom together and learning how to craft a story.
1:00:03 – Twenty years in radio, mostly public. How Orlando handles the responsibility of telling his stories.