Ed Chandler probably doesn’t need that much of an introduction to local audiences. No only has he been on local radio airwaves since 1986, he grew up in Grand Junction, graduated from Central High School and Mesa State College, as Colorado Mesa University was known at the time. That local connection is an important piece of his decision to become program director for The Junkyard, the oldies station owned by GJ Media, and an on-air personality for both The Junkyard and The Outlaw.
“I said yes (to joining GJ Media) because the stations were owned and operated by someone in Grand Junction who knows Grand Junction,” Chandler said. “All of our decisions are made here. Our playlist is in-house; we don’t have someone else telling us what to play.”
Although The Junkyard is the oldies station, Chandler likes the freedom to play the music of artists who are coming to Grand Junction for shows. He also pays attention to the stories behind the music and plays newer music every now and again.
“I played the new Ringo Starr song,” said Chandler, adding that corporate radio stations wouldn’t allow and oldies station to play a new song like “What’s my Name?” regardless of who recorded it, who collaborated on the album or who wrote it. But on The Junkyard, Chandler could tell the story behind the song.
Chandler also said yes to the job at The Junkyard because of the pull of GJ Media.
“It gives us a huge amount of resources,” he said. “This building is large. There are a lot of people who work here that do a lot of different things.”
In his previous radio experience, sometimes a group of radio stations would have one news person, who covered everything from sports to current events.
“There’s a whole staff of news people providing information,” Chandler said. “Now it’s at my fingertips. I use the newspaper content on my show. I even use The Nickel for Friday Freebies.”
Chandler recognizes that what GJ Media can do is a game-changer for the community. Not only does it make life easier for advertisers or for those who want to promote events, but it’s easy to share news stories, updates on news stories and encourage listeners to find out more by reading The Daily Sentinel.
“I can’t do full-blown stories on the radio,” Chandler said. “I can’t do in-depth analysis.”
Chandler has gotten adept at keeping track of breaking news, and has brought some of the sports writers on his show to add more information and depth.