by David van Camp
Jamie Markley is one of the most unique people I’ve ever met in this business.
He looks at, and breaks down, topics in a way that no one else in media does: like the average person. That’s not to say he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; it’s to say he is able to take complex topics and drill down to the heart of every topic, and approach it in a way that gets me thinking about it differently.
He’s also a walking music encyclopedia, who’s not afraid to drop random facts at a moment’s notice.
Like, did you know Tom Petty didn’t want to record the song “I Won’t Back Down,” because he thought it was “too obvious?” I learned that during a conversation with him about tax reform (Did I mention he suffers from ADHD?).
Some of his opinions on music are clearly wrong (like, “The Beatles are overrated” and “Guns n Roses had more than one good album”), but I don’t hold that against him.
It’s a ton of fun working with him, and every day he helps keep me sane in the crazy news cycles we’re constantly living through. I think that helps keep the listeners sane, too. All I know for sure is that he’s unlike anyone else I hear in talk radio, and that’s a great thing.