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Job Spotlight: Ed Bostic, DJ at Boomer 95.3

People tell Ed Bostic it must be great to work just four hours a day.

His reply is that if they know somebody who does that let him know.

Bostic is the morning DJ at radio station WRLD (Boomer 95.3) and the program director as well.

His job is much more than the 6 a.m.-10 a.m. he is on the air Monday through Friday.

"I'm here at 4:30 in the morning and am often here at 3:30 in the afternoon," he said.

Then there are those radio remotes at car lots and stores around the Chattahoochee Valley and playing emcee at various functions, many of those on the weekend.

Many a holiday, he is seated in front of his microphone.

But he really wouldn't have it any other way.

"I can't think of a better way of making a living," he said.

He has no hobbies and spends most of his free time "working in the yard."

While he loves spending time with his wife and daughter, he loves meeting new people, an opportunity his job gives him.

He also works as public address announcer for the Columbus Lions football team, which he really wishes more people in Columbus and Phenix City would support. "It is good football and it is fun," he said.

Where do you get some of the funny material you use on the show?

It comes from everywhere. I was in a restaurant and saw something I liked on a place card. Sometimes, it just come to me. I read one day that it was the anniversary of the first automobile accident. The first thing that came to my mind was "one telegram, that's all," playing off the Ken Nugent ads.

What got you interested in radio?

When I was a kid, a van would pull up by the shopping center and the man would play records. One day he asked me if I wanted to be on the radio and I said "sure." He asked me want I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a Playboy photographer. All the color went out of his face. I was about 8 or 9.

Are radio DJs still considered celebrities?

To quite a few people, yes.

Do you like being a celebrity?

Actually, it makes me feel a little uncomfortable, especially when someone comes to me in a restaurant and wants to pay for my meal. I've had men come up to me in the restroom and want to shake hands. I've signed baseball gloves.

How about the term DJ?

I like announcer better. DJ has been diluted by rappers.

Have you had embarrassing moments?

Oh sure. I've gotten a funny thought in my head and not been able to stop laughing or broken down and cried at a charity event. When we used records, I'd leave the room and come back to find the record skipping playing the same part over and over again.

Records? Times have changed.

When I began, I was playing my own records on the air. I was in heaven. Everything is computer hard drive now.

You like the idea of having local DJs on the air.

Somebody on a syndicated radio show can't tell you about a wreck on Macon Road. When people need information they turn to the radio.

You become a friend to listeners, somebody they trust.

I've had people call me threatening suicide. I talk to them off the air trying to help. They hang up and I never know what happened.

You've played all kinds of music.

Country, classic rock, adult contemporary. Everything. I love the oldies music I play now because it is the music I grew up with. When I was in country I used the name J.P. Morgan. I thought it sounded cool. I really need a better radio name. You know, Ed Bostic, is just not that exciting.

Do you enjoy remotes?

Yes. I like to hear what people think of the show. When I'm on the air, I'm sitting in an empty room. I never know if anyone thought what I said was funny.

You work with Chuck Leonard. What is that like?

Chuck is great, a real brainiac. When it comes to trivia, he knows everything.

Do you ever regret not continuing your career as a musician and maybe having someone playing your songs?

I was at a great Vince Gill concert here and did think about how cool it would be to be up on that stage performing.