Congratulations to Matt Jones as he marks 30 YEARS with KKRZ today!!
Matt Jones Milestone!(16 posts)
Posted on February 14, 2014 - 03:32 PM #
Congrats Matt! That's equivalent of 90 years at a normal job! :mrgreen:Posted on February 14, 2014 - 07:03 PM #
He's da' man!!!Posted on February 14, 2014 - 07:12 PM #
Yea "Iron Man" Matt! Craig...when you're working for Clear Channel 30 years is equivalent to a hell of a lot more than 90 years! :lol:Posted on February 14, 2014 - 08:17 PM #
BRAVO, Matt!!Posted on February 14, 2014 - 08:44 PM #
RIGHT ON Matt!
:)Posted on February 14, 2014 - 11:22 PM #
When I came to Z100 in Nov. of 1992, the start of the digital revolution had begun. The Orban workstation sitting next to two reel to reel machines in the production room. Matt introduced me to the world of digital and I haven't been able to escape it since.
Those were some big learning curve days, Matt. I appreciated the help, big time.Posted on February 15, 2014 - 01:00 AM #
Matt...Congratulations..you are in a new league...except for Barney Keep, I can't think of anyone else in this town that did that....way to go!Posted on February 15, 2014 - 08:16 AM #
Wow! I'm honored. I've never been the subject of a PDX Radio thread before...
I have to say, I work with the coolest people in the biz! They really made me feel honored yesterday. Corporate radio is what it is....but the local folks you work with day to day, are what make it all worthwhile.
Thanks to each of you, for your kind words. It's been a great ride. And I hope it's nowhere near over yet. I mentioned to a coworked yesterday how funny it seemed, that I've stayed at the same job all these years, and yet I've worked with almost everyone in town at one time or another! But, as for longevity?.... I know Iris has me beat...and Marty, too. (even though he's retired now).
I haven't spent a lot of time on "memorey lane", since there's always been something new to learn, and a new skill to achieve. I suppose that's why I keep doing this. Because it's alway a new experience every day.
Please indulge me for a second, because I'd really like to offer thanks to some folks. Without their influence, I'd have never been able to do this. As some of you know (and now I guess everyone who reads this will know) I'm legally blind. Needless to say, there have been obstacles to overcome. That's not unique to radio....any field has its challenges for folks with disabilities. Yet these people have helped and inspired me along the way...
Kevin Flink: For showing me the ropes at KBPS, and explaining the overall mechanisc of how studios work. He even allowed me to do a segment on-air, whene I reviewed new albums. I'd record the feature on cassette tape at home, and transfer it there to reel. My first taste of radio!
Karleen Martin: A disc jockey at KPAM 1410 in 1980-81, when it was a Comtemporary Christian format. She was the wife of the youth pastor at my church, and allowed me to visit the station while she was on the air. I was also allowed to check out the Production room! That's when the radio bug fully bit me!
Dave Spacek: One of my instructors at MHCC. In my first term of college, Dave said that my visual impairment would hinder me. "You might want to look for a different field of work," he said. That statement only made me more determined to succeed. Dave and I have worked together on many projects over the years, and I consider him a great friend. He told me once (when I reminded him of that comment), that he's very pleased to eat those words.
Steve Naganuma: For letting me be his intern at KMJK. His professionalism, and great patience with this newbie, proved invaluable. He'd even give me a ride downton to the bus mall, helping me to aviod one leg of the journey on Trimet. Catching buses from SW Portland, to my home on Mt. Tabor...at midnight....was challenging, to say the least. Steve went above and beyond the call of duty.
Bill Ford: Who hired me at KKRZ (The Rose) to run the board, after "The St. Valentine's Day Masacre" of '83, when the entire airstaff was let go. This was my "foot in the door."
Dave Crowl: The first GM of Z100, when Taft took over. Dave put me on the air doing weekends at Z, before there was a PD in place.
Gary Bryan: For letting me keep my weekend shift. Also for shaping me as an air talent.
Sean Lynch: For hiring me as Production Director. A position I haven't left!
Mark Capps: For trying to fire me, which forced me to dig deeper to improve myself.
Dave Milner: For not letting Mark fire me.
Ken Benson: For reinventing Z100, and pushing me to always make the sound coming from the speakers (imaging) as compelling as possible.
I've listed these people chronologically, but my greatest thanks goes to the Engineering and IT folks...
Early on: Byron Swanson, Shane Ruark, Dave Bischoff, Duane Vaughan.
Currently (and most importantly): Chris Weiss and Curt Brown. These guys have been instrumental in helping this visually impaired guy, to function, as all of the computer technology has evolved over the past 15 years. Without their help, understanding, and incredible patience; I can't be sure I could fulfill my responsibilities. They are the true "Iron Men."
I love what I do. Always have. Here's to continuing the ride for many more years!Posted on February 15, 2014 - 10:20 AM #
Matt, I've always looked at the career you have with admiration and envy. We started together at MHCC with a similar interest and passion for radio. And while I jumped on a lucrative opportunity right out of the program that steered me away from radio, you consistently kept true to your dreams. As for your visual impairment, I just remember seeing you hunkered down over that board at the old "KMH" (which became KMHD), diving into the task of making great radio, and knowing that your passion would get you through no matter what. Congrats on 30 years in the biz!Posted on February 15, 2014 - 11:22 AM #