CoMo Tech: Chris Kellogg


Who are you?

Chris Kellogg

What do you do for money?

KPLA’s Chris & Monica in the Morning radio show on KPLA, Program Director for KPLA, KFRU, KLIK, KJMO and Operations Manager for Cumulus Broadcasting-Columbia/Jefferson City.

What do you do for fun?

I play a little piano, write a few songs, listen to a lot of music, read (mostly novels like John Grisham and Steve Martini for quick reads and force myself to read at least one biography a year), watch my sons compete in swimming, enjoying happy hour with my adult daughters.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Fun, stimulating and challenging.  It took a long time to get use to a mouse after learning DOS.  I still fall back on keystrokes frequently.  At the same time, I get very excited about learning new technology.  In my work, I’m the frequent troubleshooter for our on-air software and remain pretty fluent at writing DOS code.  Website design has become a fun past time as well as a part of work.  I’m still a firm believer in Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V/Modify.  Why create from scratch when one can copy, paste and modify.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

I use a Droid Samsung Glaxy.  Twidroyd is my preferred Twitter ap.  From traveling with my sons’ swim team, I’ve really appreciated the Navigator app, expecially for finding the nearest coffee place. Just started a StumbleUpon account with the Droid app – kinda cool!  And then there is the most frequently used TuneIn Radio and Scanner Radio.

Mac or PC or Other?

PC.  That’s really by default.  The old Apple keystrokes seemed less intuitive when I first starting using a computer.  I really like my daughter’s Mac, though.  Obviously Apple did a lot of research on aesthetic appeal for all elements of their product from physical design to visual presentation.

I use twitter for …

1. News –

Around 1982, I had USA Today delivered to my work (granted – a day late) because I could take in more relevant content in preparation for my morning show because of USA Today’s “snapshot” style compared to old-school newspaper journalism.  I have always been a consumer of quick and fast (USA Today, CNN Headline News).  For me, Twitter is the next logical step:  Headline with link.  Then if I so desire, I can follow the link.  If not, I’m on to the next thing.

2. Localism –

I like to know what people are doing right now.  Whether they are current listeners or potential listeners, it doesn’t matter.  They are part of the same common, everyday experience as everyone else in town.  Work consumes the bulk of my day and this is a great way to know what I’m missing.

3. Brand Extension –

I’m kind of “over-the-top” on the radio and I use my tweets as an extension of that persona.  Sadly, the persona is very much like the non-public Chris Kellogg.

I use facebook for …

As little as possible.  These days, it feels so clunky and slow.  The great thing about Google compared to Yahoo was the uncluttered, quick-loading page.  Facebook has become Yahoo.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I don’t have any favorite blogs.  I learn about most blogs via Twitter.  So much goes into play about whether or not I’ll follow the link:  time of day, mood, time available, interest level.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Okay – this is just me – but I love Gyros from George’s.  Crazy, I know.  Especially considering all the wonderful places in town!

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is:

If it were Architects of Loaf, I would say they were my lazy sons.  Other than that, no clue.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Again, kind of simple – Stephens Lake Park, and downtown Columbia.

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

Love Colorado.  My wife and I honeymooned there and will revisit this summer for our 25th anniversary.  Plus, my brother, who lives there, is a goat farmer (actually true!).

Chris Kellogg and his other art ...

Thanks, Chris!

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