The Big Questions with Big John is an interview show that allows Big John to pick the brains of people he finds interesting, regardless of their field of expertise or celebrity. In this episode, Big John chats with radio personality Erik “E-rock” Nagel (“Opie & Anthony”, “It’s Erik Nagel”, “Would You Kindly”) to discuss his start in radio, war stories from his time on O&A, the current climate in the radio industry, cancel culture, and more!
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02:00 Meeting at SiriusXM studio
04:00 Radio image vs. reality on Opie & Anthony
09:30 Big John’s start at SiriusXM, working with the other crews
10:30 Sports Grumblings vs. Special Delivery
12:30 Dealing with “East Side” Dave McDonald
18:15 The collapse of Opie & Anthony
22:00 Splintered relationships
24:00 Erik’s start in radio
29:00 Advice for aspiring radio jocks
32:00 Is a college education still valuable?
37:00 Being content in life
41:00 The economics of radio, running a satellite channel
49:00 Radio vs. Podcasting
53:15 Reuniting with Anthony Cumia at Compound Media
1:00:00 How much of a Trumper is Anthony?
1:04:15 The media’s need to label people
1:09:45 Free speech and comedy in the age of cancel culture
1:17:50 Gilbert Gottfried was an underrated genius
1:21:45 Erik’s favorite O&A comedians
1:24:00 The personal nature of radio vs. TV
1:25:45 The most difficult O&A guests
1:27:45 People Erik would have like to work with