Josh Klinger joined Shaffee last October as a new co-host on the Project 9-6-1 morning show. I met Klinger for the first time last week. Though Project currently airs a “more music” morning show, which underperforms the rest of the station, Klinger hopes over time, they’ll be able to expand it into more of a show.
“Tighten it up, then build it up,” he said. “We’re in our infant stages. It’s a long-term prospect. They’re committed to that.”
Here are some basics about Klinger, who worked several years in Jacksonville:
Atlanta ties: He grew up here, graduating Roswell High School in 1989 and Georgia State University in 1994 with a broadcast journalism degree. “I know Atlanta almost like the back of my hand. I know everything about the city. My parents live here. I’ve been visiting regularly for years.”
99X days: He got his first job in radio at 99X back when the station was taking off in the mid-1990s. He did overnights and weekend fill in for a year. Then PD Leslie Fram said the chances of him getting a full-time gig without more experience were near nil. She recommended he go to a smaller market and seek a full time job and build up his chops. He followed her advice, working in Daytona Beach for three years, then 12 years in Jacksonville until the rock station there switched formats and he lost his job.
Project isn’t his only job: he does an afternoon pre-taped show that airs in 60 markets. He also does a show on XM’s top40 station and a morning show in Sarasota, Fla.
His style: “My personality is completely opposite of Shaffee’s. His delivery is different.”
Mornings: “I’ve been doing afternoons most of my career. I’m totally up for the challenge of mornings. I did not move here to not work my a** off.”
Favorite music: “Godsmack. Metallica. Shinedown is from Jacksonville. I’m friends with those guys.”
Nightlife: “I live in the Old Fourth Ward. I wanted to step off the grid and live in the city. I go to the Masquerade. The Albert. The Righteous Room. Fellini’s. La Fonda. I love that part of town. It’s so easy to get on a bike and go.”
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog