The Wings 94.3 DJs
Rich Perkins, a Birmingham native, grew up with a love for music and the radio. As a child of the 70s and 80s, it was the big power rock stations that first grabbed his ear…Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Boston and Foreigner. Then, after moving to Atlanta for his high school years, it was the emergence of post-punk, college alternative sounds that became “his” music…R.E.M., U2, The Smiths, B-52s, The Violent Femms. And his love for music never stopped. His iPod contains everything from Chris Isaak and Dave Brubeck, to Liz Phair and Kings of Leon. It’s a big, beautiful music world, and Rich wants to experience it all! In 1992, after 4 years in the Navy, Rich came to Auburn, following in his father’s footsteps, and never left. A career in sales was the plan, but the radio bug bit him hard after his first gig at WEGL, Auburn’s campus radio station. Rich has been on the air, in one manner or another, virtually ever since. Rich joined the team at Auburn Network, Inc. in June of 2011 and handles various programming and technical responsibilities in addition to co-hosting the Rich & Jeremy in the Morning weekdays on Wings 94.3.
Rich Factoid: Rich served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) during the Gulf War and spent almost 8 months at sea, deployed in the combat theatre of operations in the Red Sea.
What is the best concert you have ever attended? That’s a toss-up between U2’s “Joshua Tree” tour and The Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour. Both at the Omni in Atlanta.
What is your favorite Wings band? Led Zeppelin
What was your most memorable day on the job? Early in my career I had an overnight shift and mentioned being tired. Ten minutes later a nice young woman showed up at the studio with a cup of coffee. To say a light bulb went off in my head would be an understatement.
If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing? MOVIES!!!! (Or watching a game with friends)
If you had your own band what would the name of it be? Pinot Ale
What is something about yourself that no one else knows? 2 of the 3 only escapees of Alcatraz are my grandmother’s cousins (The Anglin Brothers)
Is the name you go by your real name? Yep
What is your favorite spot in Auburn? Downtown (so much happening!)
What is your favorite movie? No way to narrow it down to 1, but The Godfather ranks up there. Diner is a close second.
What one word describes you best? Bald
What is your favorite restaurant? There’s a great little Italian joint in Birmingham, Gianmarco’s, that is just about perfect.
What is your favorite movie quote? “Certainly it hurts. The trick… is not minding that it hurts.”
Jeremy Henderson is the heavier half of Rich & Jeremy in the Morning, a blessing from the Lord that allows him to harness his God-given gifts for conversation. He’s also editor of the The War Eagle Reader, and arguably Auburn University’s most memorable Philosophy graduate. His parents both graduated from Auburn, as did his grandfather, who became a major player in Auburn’s Agronomy Department and went on to invent the soybean. Jeremy, affectionately known by his friends and listeners as “Jer Bear”, has won feature writing awards and is currently writing books. According to Wikipedia, he is technically a Gen X’er. Jeremy is a native of Birmingham but has brought joy to the Auburn/Opelika area for nearly 20 years. He has three children and one wife.
Jeremy Factoid: Technically speaking, Jeremy was once a professional actor. He was on his way to child superstardom and even got clear plastic braces on the advice of the talent agents. He can’t remember exactly why he hung it up. Better late than never!
What is the best concert you have ever attended? Probably some house show in college. They all blur together.
What is your favorite Wings band? The Cars.
What was your most memorable day on the job? Today.
If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing? Sleeping, writing, eating a second breakfast but my wife would think it’s my first and I’d just let it happen.
If you had your own band what would the name of it be? I had my own band once. If I had another one I might go with Electronic Bible.
What is something about yourself that no one else knows? I was going to be on of the Two Witnesses of Revelation at the young age of 21 but Y2K wasn’t the end of the world so it didn’t happen.
Is the name you go by your real name? Nothing to hide.
What is your favorite spot in Auburn? My desk chair. Maybe my bed. The AU library can also be fun if you’re high on destiny. Chick-fil-A drive-thru line can be nice. Also, Wings Studio C. It’s fun to feel alive!
What is your favorite movie? Hard to pick faves. Maybe Karate Kid. Annie. Sound of Music. Talented Mr. Ripley is great. Social Network is great. The Paper is great. Like I said, it’s hard. Oh, You’ve Got Mail. Serendipity. Oh my gosh, SNEAKERS.
What one word describes you best? Special.
What is your favorite restaurant? We eat at Laredo a lot. And I tell you what, sometimes a Five Guys burger ‘n’ fries hits spots you didn’t even know existed. Also, Mellow Mushroom sometimes gets that’s 1980s mozzarella taste, at least when it’s still hot, and that’s always a nice moment. God is good.
What is your favorite movie quote? “It’ll be just like Beggar’s Canyon back home.”
From the moment her parents gave her the names Layla (from Derek and the Dominoes) and Michelle (from the Beatles), they unwittingly doomed their poor daughter to a life of obsessively studying rock & roll –and dominating trivia night at the local bar. As a child raised on the Fab Four, Zeppelin, and the Stones, young Layla’s musical tastes differed significantly from that of her schoolmates – but that’s okay, New Kids on the Block sucked, anyway. After graduating from Auburn University, she tried her hand at being a legitimate journalist in the TV news biz, but the siren’s melodic call was simply too strong; it beckoned to her like a flame to a moth, and she soon conceded that a life of hanging backstage with rock stars was infinitely superior to chasing tornadoes and covering city council meetings. It was a choice she has never regretted. Layla is a doting wife, the exhausted mother of two rambunctious little boys, and the owner of two sweet dogs who constantly beg to go out only to scratch at the door to be let right back in.
Layla Factoid: Layla is a huge baseball fan, and has attended a game in all 30 MLB ballparks. Her favorite experience was watching the Cubs at Wrigley, and her least favorite experience, coincidentally, was watching the White Sox at US Cellular Field.
What is the best concert you have ever attended? Paul McCartney, twice, in Toronto and New Orleans. He played 3+ hours both times — no breaks. Maybe there is something to that vegetarian diet of his….
What is your favorite Wings band? The Beatles
What was your most memorable day on the job? When Hurricane Ivan came through East Alabama in 2004. I took turns going live over a 36-hour period, keeping everyone informed about its projected path, as well as tornado warnings and power outages. It was the first time (and probably one of the only times since) that I felt like what I was saying might actually matter to people’s safety and well-being.
If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing? The Stay-at-Home-Mom thing. Except – bless my heart, I’m a terrible housekeeper. I’m a great cook, but I hate doing dishes. Laundry isn’t my favorite, either. Alas, all those little boy Underoos ain’t gonna wash themselves….
If you had your own band what would the name of it be? Wingardium Levio-SAH
What is something about yourself that no one else knows? I have always secretly resented that, as an Auburn fan, I can never wear houndstooth.
Is the name you go by your real name? It’s on my birth certificate and everything!
What is your favorite spot in Auburn? The lemonade counter at Toomer’s. I’m also pretty partial to hanging out on the AU campus and pretending that I’m still young enough to be there.
What is your favorite movie? Forrest Gump, Pirate Radio, and basically anything with a good soundtrack. Also, Field of Dreams makes me misty-eyed – every dang time.
What one word describes you best? Feisty!
What is your favorite restaurant? I could seriously eat at Momma G’s every single day. Gimme a freshly-steamed Momma’s Love and a cold Yuengling, and I’m one happy camper.
What is your favorite movie quote? “I’m an American citizen and I don’t give a hootenanny damn about your nitpicking limey laws. I intend to broadcast from this ship 24 hours a day until the day I die…and then for a couple days after that.” -Philip Seymour Hoffman in Pirate Radio
John Garrett grew up in Pell City AL where he listened to Mark & Brian out of Birmingham while working as a well digger’s apprentice. When his radio heroes landed a big-time gig in LA, John realized there was money to be made running one’s mouth as opposed to ruining one’s Reeboks, so he traded in his hip waders for a pair of headphones and the rest is history. John’s radio career has included memorable stops in Birmingham, Montgomery, Jackson MS and Knoxville TN. And not-so-memorable stops in Greensboro and St. Louis (where he spent a month one night.) Today, in addition to hosting afternoons on Wings 94.3, he operates his own voiceover company and is heard on car spots (“zero percent interest for 60 months with approved credit!”) and is the staff announcer for a bunch of TV stations across America (“it’s 6 o’clock and this is Channel 2 Eyewitness News!”)
John Factoid: John’s favorite Wings Classic Artists: Van Halen (prefers Sammy to Dave), The Beatles (prefers Paul to John) and AC/DC (prefers Brian Johnson to Bon Scott.)
What is the best concert you have attended? Journey in Birmingham 11/2006
What is your favorite Wings band? Van Halen
What was your most memorable day on the job? Al Mason and I had lunch with Shania Twain at the Famous Elite Cafe in Montgomery back in 1995, before she was famous, and neither of us got an autograph, picture or anything… Boy we were/are DUMB
If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing? Maybe a sitcom writer, but I’m not funny – maybe I could write for “The Office”
If you had your own band what would the name of it be? You-Hoss
What is something about yourself that no one else knows? In the winter, I take long baths and listen to soft rock like Chicago and Air Supply… not everyday, but often —HAHAH
Is the name you go by your real name? No, my real name is Julie Burns
What is your favorite spot in Auburn? Cheeburger-Cheeburger
What is your favorite movie? Jurrassic Park 1 (still a great flick), and Jaws, and any made for TV movie starring Kirk Cameron
What one word describes you best? Nerd
What is your favorite restaurant? It changes, but Country’s BBQ lately
What is your favorite movie quote? “Eat my shorts!”
Mike Hubbard became enamored with radio at the age of 13 while on a field trip to WKLY radio in his hometown of Hartwell, GA. In the summer of 1975, he began his career as a DJ when he gave the time and temperature and then played Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John. He worked at WKLY through high school and continued to hone his radio announcing skills working part-time at Q105 (WAGQ-FM) in Athens, GA while earning a degree in radio and television from the University of Georgia. Although Hubbard has dabbled in other areas – helping run a successful Heisman Trophy campaign, building a sports radio & television network, serving as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party as well as a State Representative and the first Republican Speaker of the House in Alabama in 136 years – he never got the whole radio DJ thing out of his system. That’s why he has played Classic Hits while holding down the Saturday morning airshift on Wings 94.3 since the station went on the air in 2007. Incidentally, he often plays Philadephia Freedom.
Mike Factoid: Mike’s college roommate, Terry Hoage, was an All-America football player, finished 5th in the 1983 Heisman Trophy balloting, played for 13 years in the NFL, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and is now a winemaker in California.
What is the best concert you have ever attended? The Doobie Brothers in Clemson, SC while in high school in 1978 and again in Montgomery a couple of years ago.
What is your favorite Wings band? The Who
What was your most memorable day on the job? September 11, 2001.
If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing? On Saturday mornings? Probably cutting grass.
If you had your own band what would the name of it be? The TigerDogs
What is something about yourself that no one else knows? Kim Basinger, the actress, is my cousin. I have never met her, though.
Is the name you go by your real name? Yes. For now, at least.
What is your favorite spot in Auburn? The recliner at my house.
What is your favorite movie? Airplane!
What one word describes you best? Loyal.
What is your favorite restaurant? All of the ones that make the wise decision to advertise on Wings 94.3, NewsTalk WANI, ESPN 106.7, 96.3 W-LEE or East Alabama Living magazine.
What is your favorite movie quote? “Surely, you can’t be serious. I am serious….and don’t call me Shirley.”