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John Gregg: A life in radio

John Gregg, operations manager for KHWY Highway Radio, was born in Barstow and graduated from local schools.
He starting working for KHWY Highway Radio while still in high school and just celebrated 28 years with the same company.
“I started as a fill in overnight jock on the weekends,” he said. “Then moved to full time, then promotions, then sales, then engineering and now I'm the operations manager for our Barstow office.”
The radio station has gone through many changes over the years, because of the economy and listeners trends, but they are still here and broadcasting live again, talking to the locals and travelers a like, he said.
“I can say I am truly a lucky and blessed man to have parents, kids and friends I have,” Gregg said. “My parents gave me and my three brothers everything we ever needed in life: love, support and a good whoopin’ when we stepped out line. We had the opportunity to do or be anything we wanted in this life, our parents supported our interests and made sure we had the best life they could provide.  God has blessed me with the best parents, kids and girlfriend I could ever hope for. That's why I know I will never win the lottery, I already have.
 
Q: Why did you stay in Barstow?
A: I was born here, strong family ties and I had a great job for an amazing company. I also wanted to give my three kids what I had growing up here. Barstow is an amazing town to do that — raise a family in and enjoy life. The community closeness and pride is incredible here, plus we are two hours away from Vegas, mountains, beach and Los Angeles. All great places to visit, then get the Hell out of and come home to Barstow!

Q: What are your passions?
A: Family, friends, music and coaching and playing volleyball.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Barstow.
A: Growing up in Barstow and being a part of Scouting, Troop 169, whoop whoop. Every year we would all work together, adults and scouts to put the biggest and best float in the local parade. The entire community did the same, from schools to businesses, the floats were amazing, a lot of hard work and detail back then.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: I'm losing my hair and going bald.

Q: What are the top three issues facing Barstow?
A: Top three for Barstow are the same for our country: the economy, special interest groups and selfishness. Our import/export needs to be balanced. Special interest groups need to go away and start working for the same thing, a stronger country, America! And people need to start returning their shopping carts to the cart return bins!

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why? What would you ask them?
A: Ronald Reagan. He was a great man and leader. I truly believe he was the last president with any real power. He had the ability to move Congress. Now Congress has all the power and the president can't get anything done good or bad.

Q: Tell us about your faith.
A: Christian.

Q: Tell us about one place you would love to visit and why.
A: Any place in USA. We have a great country with a lot of amazing places in our own back yard. But if I had to pick just one, Washington DC. Never been and want to see it with my own eyes.

Q: Where do you get your values from?
A: God, father and mother.

Q: What's your favorite type's of movies and why?
A: Comedies. I Love to laugh. Life can be depressing enough and I don't like scary movies, just not entertaining to me. Any movie with Bill Murray in it I've seen multiple times. “Scrooged” I believe is his best performance to date, I watch it every year at least once around Christmas. Don't Judge me!

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Barstow.
A: Barstow being a small town, if you need help or information it is a call or two away. Everybody knows everybody here and their cell numbers. Or you call Michael Lewis and he takes care of it or gets you in touch with the right person.

Q: What is the ultimate issue facing the United States, and what's your take on it?
A: Group Division — TOO many special interest groups only care about what affects them. This is America! Be an American, period! No group, no sub-division, no hyphen, just an American! Everything we do should be for the betterment and advancement of America, not just your group.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: First — Interaction with clients and listeners. I get to meet and talk with a lot of people. Second I get to play music and talk on the air. I have always loved the anonymity of radio. Playing music and giving important information that helps people.

Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: A great girlfriend. Being honest with yourself and others, then just do the things that make you happy. Yes it's that simple.

Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Cuban cigars. Nothing like occasionally kickin’ it with a good   Cuban Cigar and friends.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Bald and a lot older.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?
A: Please re-read … “Q: What is the ultimate issue facing the United States, and what's your take on it?”

Who would you like to see
profiled in an upcoming Q&A?
Drop us a line at DHolland
@DesertDispatch.com.


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