Russ Egan

 

I was born on a secluded island off the North Atlantic that the Lenape Tribe called “Manna-hatta” the day after the Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field. My earliest memory was being smacked on the butt to the sounds of “That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly & The Crickets. It was then I decided to get into radio.

Fast forward 20 years and failed attempts at becoming an astronaut and professional baseball player.

Like Bruce Springsteen before me, I was asked to leave Ocean County College in Toms River New Jersey, but not before I made my mark on the radio station there. Actually more like several “cigarette” burns on the carpet. My fate was sealed.

My professional radio career began at a small station in Ship Bottom, NJ. That’s “Ship” with a “P” but sometimes it was hard to tell the difference. Other stops included Atlantic City, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York City, Yuma and finally winding up in Phoenix, where I plied my taudry trade at The Peak, The Coyote and last but not least, KSLX.

The best part about what I do for a living? It has never felt like work, especially at KSLX. Great people, fantastic music and the best listeners in The Valley. Plus I get paid!

When I’m not on the radio, I like to spend time with my wife and pets (2 cats, 1 mutt), eat bacon cheeseburgers or spaghetti and watch X-Files, Californication Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or West Wing DVDs. I have man-crushes on David Duchovny and Aaron Sorkin.

I’m a fan of the NY Mets, Cleveland Browns (yes, I was dropped on my head as a baby), D-Backs, Coyotes, Blue Jackets and NY Rangers.

Movies I watch over and over are: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Buckaroo Bonzai, all the Men In Blacks, all the Bournes except the latest one (disappointing)< Godfather 1 & 2 and Big Trouble In Little China.

When it comes to music, I know no bounds; Elton John, Jethro Tull, Pretenders, Queen, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Warren Zevon, David Bowie, Van Halen, Badfinger, Todd Rundgren, Chicago, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bruce (first 5 albums), Grand Funk, Moody Blues, Lou Reed, The Carpenters (that’s right, I said it, I meant it, I’m here to represent it), Steely Dan, Renaissance, Clapton, Frampton, Joan Armatrading, Steve Forbert, Al Stewart, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan, The Band, Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Diana Ross, O’Jays, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, 5th Dimension, Santana, The Police, Billy Joel, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Squeeze, 10cc, Genesis, Alice Cooper, ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Carole King, Berlin, Patsy Cline, The Motels, The Tubes, B52s, Sabbath, Doors, everyone else that isn’t Debbie Boone and of course Led Zep, Who, Stones and Beatles (both individually and collectively).

There are tons more and I’m sure I missed some, so help me out. Email me with your favs!

I’m on the air weeknights from 7-11. Don’t be a stranger.

Contact info:
Request line: 602-260-1007
Email: russ@kslx.com
Facebook: russeganrocks
Twitter: russegan
Instagram: russegan