Get To Know Evolution is a series of profiles focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask our staff basic questions, so you can get to know us a little better. Today I spoke with Turner. You might’ve noticed that Turner doesn’t have a last name, but neither did Madonna or Cher, and he’s just as fabulous.
What do you want people to remember you for?
My flaming homosexuality and love for Pepsi.
What made you get into Radio?
I worked at a call centre and had enough people ordering pizza saying “Gee, you sound like you should be on the radio!” that I decided to dive head first into this realm of broadcasting and I haven’t looked back.
How has the program changed your view on radio?
Honestly, I didn’t realize people, be it those who have worked in the industry, like our teachers, or listeners themselves could, be so passionate about the music and personalities on their local radio stations.
What are your Favourite bands and why?
Easily, hands down, has to be Florence + the Machine. There’s something about the way their frontlady, Florence Welsh performs and creates her music that just simply resonates with me on a deep, emotional level. Second place? Bastille, followed by Alt-J/Two Door Cinema Club tied for third.
Favourite concert memory?
Andra Day, a gorgeous American R&B artist who has a 1970/80’s vibe about her, looks like Rihanna and sings like Adele, played a show in Vancouver at the end of 2016. During my favourite song by her, “Rearview”, I sang along with her and she HEARD ME IN THE CROWD. I very fortunately got it on tape. Whenever I’m feeling down, I play the clip on my Instagram, @turneronair.
“Sing, you sound so good.” – Andra Day
Favourite TV Shows and why?
Family Guy for the immaturity and the laughs, Grey’s Anatomy for the drama, and Fargo/Mindhunter for the crazy blood and gore.
Favourite Movies and why?
5) Silver Linings Playbook. Why? Jennifer Lawrence.
4) Anchorman. Why? Will Ferrell.
3) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Why? Will Ferrell
2) Skyfall. Why? Adele
1) The King’s Speech. Why? PERFECTION.
Favourite Sports and why?
I’m a Montréal Canadiens fan through and through, but I also avidly follow a few different racing series! Indycar and F1, mainly.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
I’m torn between choosing mainland France, namely Paris, and Martinique, a French speaking Caribbean island. Did I mention I speak French yet?
What would you be doing, if you weren’t in radio?
Probably working towards managing a Starbucks or insuring airline passengers had their seatbelts properly fastened in mid-flight.
What’s your dream job in the industry?
I dream of waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning, entertaining and informing the people of Vancouver on their drive into work. Preferably on a pop station I think. Montréal is lovely too though! Or Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg even…
Strangest thing you’ve ever done?
I once loved working for Starbucks. OH! I also pretended to be straight for a bit there.
As you can see Turner is quite the personality and he brings a maelstrom of energy whenever he hits the air. You can hear Turner and his co-host Nick Toren on the “Rinickulous Turn Up Show” starting next week, 6-9AM. If you need a little more Turner in your life, be sure to follow him on Twitter @TurnerOnAir