Pugs Moran: from Chicago to Dallas

Pugs Moran (John Myron) got his radio start in Chicago, where he was executive producer for Wendy Snyder and Bill Leff's show on Q101, Kevin Matthews' producer on AM 1000 WMVP, and created a show with Kelly Mohr on WCKG. That's where he and Kelly got fired when Steve Dahl recorded their private conversations and played them on the air. Pugs says, "Beware of meeting Superman without his cape." He talks about the support he got when he was fired, including from Garry Meier; his career in Dallas, which included a popular show with Kelly on KLLI Live 105.3 (listen to their demo here) and a brief stint at KDBN The Bone (which flipped formats); what he thinks the Chicago School of Talk Radio is; interning at Shadow Traffic in Chicago with Kathy Voltmer; working at WLUP The Loop with Mitch Rosen (who was Eddie Schwartz's producer); how the Case of the Texas Seven made Kelly and him more successful; Texas food, steak, pizza, and more. This interview was recorded during his June 13th show on Deep Ellum On Air.

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jasone said...

Wow, Steve Dahl sounds like an arrogant jerk!

Anonymous said...

I'm from the northeast and Pugs and Kelly along with Live 105.3 helped make Dallas feel like home to me after I moved here. Thanks for your down to earth interview with Pugs and for the back story of their journey to Dallas. We miss him on terrestrial radio!

Margaret Larkin said...

Thanks for listening!

Anonymous said...

Just got done listening and loved the interview! Found you through a search and glad that I did. I'll be looking up Pugs now as I do most of my radio listening over the internet since moving from Chicago a year and a half ago to the Phoenix area. I grew up on the westside off of Division & Austin. Yes, there is a westside!

Have to agree, Dahl sounds like a complete ass but I think most of us knew that after his break up with Garry. Keep up the good work!

bobbyfever72@yahoo.com said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the interview with Pugs Moran.

In full-disclosure, I became The Pugs and Kelly Show executive producer for nearly two-and-a-half years; just a few short months after they took over middays on LIVE 105.3-FM (originally KYNG). It was ironic because I was also the associate producer for the previous midday show for which the P&K Show eventually replaced.

It was nice to hear the back story; and, all the details of what was going on behind the scenes while I was still working for the other midday show; and how things eventually came to be that they replaced us.

Overall, working with Pugs was some of the most memorable moments of my life.

I still have nearly every show we ever did from 2001-2003 archived on mp3 and over the last couple of years I've revisited those shows and relived the memories.

I've been in Vegas, now, for the last 10-years ever since my departure from their show. Throughout the years, I've always entertained the thought of one day working with Pugs again in some capacity.

Pugs, glad to hear you are still living the dream and doing what you do best, my friend.......maybe our paths will cross again, someday.......I certainly would welcome the opportunity.

Although we havent communicated much since I moved to Vegas, we are facebook friends. I might have to give him a call next time I'm back in Dallas and see if he might like to grab a pound of beef fajitas and share some conversation over few Irish whiskys.......

Long live those LIVE 105.3-FM memories; and, long live Chicago's very own Blue Island boys Enuff*Z'nuff; who I just hung out with last week when they played here in Vegas.

Chip Z'nuff and I, briefly remenisced about how it'd been nearly ten-years already, since Pugs had surprised me by bringing him into the studio when they were playing at the Hard Rock in Dallas back in 2003; Pugs knew they were one of my favorite 80's bands.

For those of you that don't know about the band, just buy their 2nd album, "STRENGTH", and you'll see why.......even Pugs and Rolling Stone magazine have both commented on what a phenomenal album it was.

Anyhow, thanks again, for the enlightening interview.

Keep up the good work Margaret!!!

Bobby Garza