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Q. Where were you born and raised?
A. Pascagoula, MS
Q. As a child, how would you describe yourself?
A. Oh wow! I was very outgoing and into all sports.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. Well, everybody wants to be the typical fireman and stuff like that, but I went to school to be a lawyer and then I quickly realized that wasn't for me.
Q. What activities were you most involved with as a kid?
A. Baseball and football. When I was growing up you had to learn how to play it all. We would go out in the morning and our mom's would call us in at dark. We would stay outside all day playing every neighborhood sport.
Q. What life lessons did you learn growing up that helped shape you into the person you are today?
A. Two things helped me. First, one of my best friends died in my arms when I was younger and I tried to save him by giving him CPR. Also I delivered my niece. I have seen life begin and I have seen life taken away. It helped me to not take things so seriously. Also it helped me learn how to deal with extreme situations and the stress that comes with it.
Q. What was your first job like?
A. My first job was delivering pizzas. I was always hungry so I would secretly take a slice and then re-shape the pizza back together so no one would notice!
Q. At what moment did you realize that you wanted to go into radio?
A. Funny story- when I was a sophomore in college, my advisor was talking to a group of us and he said, "You know in the field of communications, it is important to have good grades but it's even more important to get experience and some of ya'll need some experience. I began working at 91.9 FM, WLJS and six months later I was running the station.
Q. When The Rick and Bubba Show first began, did you ever imagine that it would become what it is today?
A. I did actually. As a matter of fact, I turned down quite a few job offers because I knew the potential of the show and where it could go.
Q. What are some of your favorite memories you have from the show?
A. Streaking a Senior PGA golf event across the golf course, being attacked by a K-9, sky dying, flying in a Russian jet...all during live shows! The scariest moment of my life was climbing in a water tower in Nashville, TN, for the show and when I got to the top of the water tower the ladder had broken and listeners that were there had to talk me down because I was frozen still from being so scared.
Q. Who has been your most memorable guest to appear on the show?
A. When Richard Simmons came in studio and jumped on my lap after pulling his pants down and stuck his tongue in my eye.
Q. What are some things in life you can't live without?
A. Of course the ultimate thing is my salvation and Jesus Christ. My beautiful wife and my kids. That's my favorite thing to do; just to spend time with the family. I love just laying around on top of each other and goofing off. And I can't live without my 5- hour Energy drink at 4:30 in the morning!
Q. How do you want to be remembered?
A. As a man that loved Christ, a good father, a good husband and someone who just loved life.
Q. If you could give anyone one piece of advice, what would it be?
A. Live, laugh and love!
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