Joey Bradfisch doesn’t mind being the victim of a shock collar or being threatened by criminals at the courthouse. As audio producer for Phoenix radio station 104.7 KISS-FM‘s morning show, Johnjay and Rich in the Morning, Bradfisch has become the program’s unofficial whipping boy who will do just about anything asked, as long as it makes listeners laugh and sounds great on air. The 26-year-old Tempe resident not only performs hysterical stunts on the show, he’s also responsible for the audio magic behind the boards, ensuring the show’s eight markets broadcast accurate programming — and he gets to work at 4 a.m. just to do so. When he’s not amusing listeners with his antics, Bradfisch manages local rap-pop group Weird Is the New Cool, who plays the Pray for Snow Party in Old Town Scottsdale Saturday, November 3. Keep reading to hear five reasons why Bradfisch is happy he made the move to the Valley.
What brought you to Arizona?
I worked for a syndicated show, the Steve and DC Morning Show in St. Louis, and I kind of wanted to venture out. I grew up outside of St. Louis in Illinois in Grafton, a town of 600 people. I had pretty much the same role as I do here, which is audio producer, and I participated on air with them a lot. I was kind of the young dumb kid on the show, so they kind of made me do all these dumb things. I was looking for a change. My cousin lived out here, so she was like, ‘If you want to come out here and go to school or look for a job, you’re more than welcome to stay with me.’ I worked in air conditioning for awhile. I didn’t want to get in radio back then because I wasn’t making a lot of money in St. Louis. Continue reading