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PASR73: RJ Choppy – 105.3 The Fan

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“The new way of sports radio is less caller driven and more topic tree development. In Dallas we can go a week without taking a phone call and nobody bats an eye at it.” – R.J. Choppy

RJ Choppy didn’t know exactly what he was going to do with his life. But, it was definitely going to be something in sports.

An aspiring golfer, Choppy took to a radio station gig at a fairly early age and the rest is history.

He worked as a board op, producer and update anchor before finally beating down the door enough to be given an opportunity to be the Dallas Mavericks pre/post game host.

Since then, Choppy has made a name for himself working alongside Shan Shariff on the morning show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He’s also built a name for himself in other realms as well.

Hear about those, plus the day his boss knew the combo was going to work and much more on this edition of The PASR.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE

  • Being an aspiring golfer with no plans to do sports radio
  • Interning at a sports radio station in Knoxville and taking a liking to it
  • How he was drawn to the format by listening to Mike and the Mad Dog
  • Comparing the old ways of sports talk to the new style of sports radio
  • Interning in Dallas for Scott Masteller and landing his first paid job
  • Getting a break to do updates and fill-ins on the Mavericks Pre/Post shows
  • How the game of attrition factors into landing a good opportunity
  • Looking for work outside of sports radio when the job with the Fan came up
  • Meeting with Bruce Gilbert when he arrived in Dallas and pursuing a spot at The Fan
  • How an impromptu meeting with Shan Shariff in Bruce’s office led to their pairing
  • The different ways he and Shan game plan a show and keep content fresh
  • Why focus is his biggest weakness and how every PD he’s worked for would agree
  • How working catchphrases into D-League basketball games became popular
  • The way his show is built and how knowing their roles helps make it easier

FROM THE GUEST

R.J.’s Twitter handle: @RJChoppy

FROM ZACH

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TOPICS COVERED WITH CHRIS:

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FROM THE GUEST:

Connect with Chris on Linkedin: Chris Oliviero

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FROM THE GUEST:

Follow Mike on Twitter: @ESPNGreeny

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FROM THE GUEST:

Sam’s Linkedin profile: Sam Savage 

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