Orlando Montoya,30-Year Radio Veteran, sets sights on Atlanta horizon.

Orlando Montoya, one of our WRUU 107.5 FM founders, is moving to Atlanta to start new endeavors. Orlando became a pivotal lynch pin for WRUU 107.5 when he began volunteering with WRUU 107.5 FM bringing his strong background in radio to WRUU 107.5 FM. As the Voice of Savannah, Montoya’s soothing voice has been heard across radio airwaves for nearly 30 years. Behind the scenes, he not only hosted several radio shows, including Sunday’s Heart and the Hand programming, but also wrote and directed the fundraising drives for WRUU 107.5 FM, as well as offered his vast radio knowledge for new hosts as well as seasoned veterans. Always willing to lend a hand and a positive message, Montoya’s voice has helped lift others in the Savannah community as well.
 
We are going to miss Orlando, and he will always be a part of our WRUU family. We wanted to share this interview with you about Orlando to showcase him and what he has done to help us build WRUU 107.5 FM into what it is today. 
 
From all of us here at WRUU and Savannah, we want to thank Orlando for everything, and we wish you well in your new home. Don’t forget to come back and visit!
 
WRUU: Please talk about your background and how you started in radio.
MONTOYA: I started in radio in 1995 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where WUCF FM was a typical college radio station with lots and lots of volunteers and eclectic programs.  I wanted to be a music host.  So I approached the radio station music director and asked for a show. They made everybody prove themselves as a reliable volunteer somewhere else at the station – fundraising, operations, newsroom, etc. – before getting a show.  I chose the newsroom because I was good at writing.  I eventually became news director and music host, both paid part time positions.  In 1996, WUCF FM management, responding to ratings and fundraising realities, decided to make the station a more conventional “all jazz” NPR station.  Most of the volunteers quit.  I stayed as news director until I graduated in 1997 and stayed as music host until 1998 when I left Orlando for Savannah.  WSVH FM Savannah was the only news position that I ever applied for.  I only applied for it because my program director urged me to and he knew the station manager in Savannah.  I really wanted to be a music host.  In radio, you must be flexible. WSVH FM Savannah proved to be a good, 15 year job. 
 
There, I became the No.1 rated FM news program host in Southeast Georgia, won many awards, interviewed thousands of people and had amazing experiences.

WRUU: Why radio?
MONTOYA: I wanted to be in radio because music saved my life.  I loved music but didn’t play an instrument.  So radio is the next best thing.  I loved listening to the countdown shows with Casey Kasem and Dick Clark.  I loved classical music and light rock.  I loved listening to the talk shows with Tom Snyder and Bruce Williams.  Garrison Keillor made me think I was a Minnesotan.  Radio is the most intimate of broadcast media because it’s in your mind. Your words, sounds and moods create images in people’s heads.  And that’s very powerful and won’t go away.  As long as there are cars, showers and morning jogs, some form of audio will be there with us.

WRUU: Please talk about what your fondest memory of being part of WRUU has been.
MONTOYA: I loved the WRUU fundraiser concerts.  They were always fun. I am most proud of the relationships that I made with 60+ Unitarian Universalist ministers around the world who gave me their permission to broadcast their sermons on Sunday morning.  Everywhere you turn on the radio dial, there are religious broadcasters pushing a kind of religion that is intolerant, narrow and dangerous.  When I came to Savannah in 1998, I vividly remember stumbling across a radio minister who celebrated the death of Matthew Shepard.  As a gay person, I am proud to put on messages that promote themes of Unitarian-Universalism: justice, love, learning and hope.

WRUU: What’s next on your horizon? Will you continue to do radio?
MONTOYA: In Atlanta, I will pursue personal and professional opportunities in a much larger market with many more opportunities, including in radio.  I will introduce myself to people and seek the kinds of radio jobs that I want – instead of the kinds of radio jobs that people want me to have.  I am open to many possibilities, but especially production, operations and music.  I am not terribly interested in news, except arts and feature reporting, which I love.  And if I stumble into another career, wholly unconnected to radio, I’m open to that, as well.

WRUU: What would you say to someone looking to get into radio today?
MONTOYA: Be flexible, open and curious.  If you’re interested in a career in radio, you cannot be set in your ways.  The reality of markets and money – who is paying whom and for what — mean that change is constant and not always to your liking.

WRUU: Do you have anything else you would like to add?
MONTOYA: Thank you to the incredible volunteers of WRUU who responded to my messages, invitations and calls for volunteers.  Thank you to the founders of the radio station and to the people who keep it running behind the scenes.  And thank you to Savannah for listening to me.  One of my mentors, an Orlando talk radio host named Peter Rocchio, with whom I worked as a board operator as an intern in 1996, used to end his program with this line, which I have adopted as my own: “Do something good for yourself.  You deserve it.”

Thank you to Adam Messer, WRUU newsletter volunteer, for interviewing Orlando. Adam is an author and journalist, and hosts the WRUU program, “The Adam Messer Show,” interviewing authors, artists, and entertainersSundays from 3-5.  http://www.theadammessershow.com

Authors Patti Henry and Retta Bodhaine join The Adam Messer Show live today 3-4p & 4-5p EST respectively on @wruu_107.5_savannah (Wruu.org). Can’t listen live? Catch the #podcast later on theadammessershow.com #theadammessershow #adammesser #wruu

#91 Ellen Datlow

I had the pleasure of talking with Ellen Datlow again for a second interview, this time live on the radio!

Ellen Datlow -Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION.

She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than a hundred science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters, Fearful Symmetries, Nightmare Carnival, The Doll Collection, The Monstrous, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and Black Feathers. Forthcoming are Haunted Nights (with Lisa Morton), and Mad Hatters and March Hares (stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There).

https://ellendatlow.com/

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#90 – Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow -Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION.

She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than a hundred science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters, Fearful Symmetries, Nightmare Carnival, The Doll Collection, The Monstrous, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and Black Feathers. Forthcoming are Haunted Nights (with Lisa Morton), and Mad Hatters and March Hares (stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There).

https://ellendatlow.com/

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#89 – James Nettles part two

#89 – James Nettles – aka Jim. Jim Nettles is an author, business and IT coach, and has a new column in Storytellers Mag.

We talk about what’s going on, news, and some other cool stuff like the new issue of SteeRange Comics, and The New Aberdeen Tapes, as well as a bunch of stuff going on with Con-Tinual.

Links:

www.jamesnettles.com

www.steerangecomics.com

https://bit.ly/3oiou6A – The New Aberdeen Tapes on Youtube

www.storytellersmag.com

 

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#89 – James Nettles part one

#89 – James Nettles – aka Jim. Jim Nettles is an author, business and IT coach, and has a new column in Storytellers Mag.

We talk about what’s going on, news, and some other cool stuff like the new issue of SteeRange Comics, and The New Aberdeen Tapes, as well as a bunch of stuff going on with Con-Tinual.

Links:

www.jamesnettles.com

www.steerangecomics.com

https://bit.ly/3oiou6A – The New Aberdeen Tapes on Youtube

www.storytellersmag.com

 

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#88 – John C. Arnold and Stephen Arnold

John C. Arnold and Stephen Arnold join The Adam Messer Show with special co-host Josh Vasquez.

Podcast: https://youtu.be/w1pjAKnhtM8?sub_confirmation=1

https://youtu.be/0Gve3Dos3tE?sub_confirmation=1

John Arnold spent nearly a decade in Savannah, GA, attending SCAD and working in the film industry when he could. He’s always loved a good story. John is always trying to gain greater understanding of the craft though reading books and great screenplays, working on his own projects, and having conversations with other storytellers.

https://johncarnold.myportfolio.com/

Stephen Arnold graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree that includes Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, and Creative Writing. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia as an ambitious sort of boy and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. After tiring of not being beaten up enough from the enlisted side, he decided to earn a commission in the same service as an officer. Stephen reads voraciously from every subject you can imagine but especially reads C.S. Lewis and considers him an intellectual mentor. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Megan.

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Storytellers Mag Launch Party!

I had a great time talking with Bobby Nash & Ron Fortier for the Storytellers Mag Launch Party yesterday. The magazine and interview podcasts are coming soon! Sign up for the email notifications to receive the free magazine!
Storytellers Mag Launch Party! Authors Bobby Nash and Ron Fortier joined The Adam Messer Show live Sunday January 9, 2021 from 3-5p EST on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah http://www.wruu.org

Podcast link: http://theadammessershow.com/storytellers-mag-launch-party

Thank you for your interest in Storytellers Mag. Our monthly magazine podcast features creative storytellers from all walks of life talking about their love of storytelling.  Storytellers Mag is a publication of Valhalla Books. We are a small print publishing house sharing compelling fiction people love to read. To sign up for the free monthly e-magazine  https://mailchi.mp/07c166f10e94/storytellers-mag

#87 – Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s a member of Horror Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as 11 novels and three active speculative mystery series. You can support her work via Patreon and find more about her at http://www.nicolegivenskurtz.net

Podcast:

http://theadammessershow.com/87-nicole-givens-kurtz-part-one

http://theadammessershow.com/87-nicole-givens-kurtz-part-two

#86- David Harland Rousseau

David Harland Rousseau is a down-to-earth writer, director, and actor, and this is reflected in his work. His stories are grounded, and the salt-of-the-earth characters who inhabit his narratives are approachable, if not entirely empathetic.

The American actor is known for playing crafty, determined characters who are trusted — at least until they get their way.

David Harland Rousseau is the co-author of the best selling, “Storyboarding Essentials: How to Translate Your Story to the Screen for Film, TV, and Other Media”, published by Random House.

The award-winning illustrator teaches drawing and design courses, including “Drawing for Storyboarding”, in the School of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4384033/

Podcast: http://theadammessershow.com/86-david-harland-rousseau