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Eric Ferguson Biography
Elburn Ferguson is An American Radio Host who has entertained Chicago radio listeners for over a decade after working around the country including Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The University of Iowa alum claims he was attracted to a career in radio mostly because of the flashy, form-fitting uniforms that he gets to wear and the early hours allow him to pursue his dream of caddying on the PGA Tour.
Eric Ferguson Age
As of 2019, he is around 49 years of age.
Eric Ferguson Wife /Family
He is Married to Jennifer Moran who is a Dentist In Chicago and together they have four kids. Ferguson married Chicago dentist Jennifer Moran and became a step-dad to Jennifer’s 8-year-old daughter, Meghan. The couple soon had twins, Avery and Ethan, followed by baby Peyton Diane, who is now three months old.
Eric Ferguson Salary
According to Chicago mag, He earns A top Percentile In His Line of work.
Eric Ferguson Net Worth
His Exact Networth is Still Under Review Though it is estimated to Be Roughly Millions.
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Eric Ferguson Heart Surgery
Eric Ferguson, Chicago radio’s biggest star, will undergo elective surgery on his spine Friday to relieve numbness in his arms and hands.
One-half of the top-rated morning team of Eric & Kathy on WTMX FM 101.9, Ferguson, 46, said he’d been putting off the procedure for years. “It’s just gotten to a point from a comfort level that I want to get it done and get it over with,” he told me Thursday.
The surgery to correct spinal stenosis will involve removal of a disk and fusion of vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
“I don’t want people to worry too much,” Ferguson said. “As far as spine surgeries go, this is considered an easy one — although no spine surgery is easy, I guess. I’m actually anxious to get it done because I’d like to get the feeling in my hands and arms back to 100 percent and be able to enjoy myself over the holidays.”
Ferguson said he isn’t sure what caused the problem. “It could have happened 10 years ago in a fall or playing basketball or in a car accident or any number of ways. It’s just been uncomfortable, and my arms have been more numb than usual. So I’ve decided to do it now before we get into the holidays. I’ll be good to go once we get past Thanksgiving.”
How soon he’ll return to his show on the Hubbard Broadcasting hot adult-contemporary station “just kind of depends on how I feel over the weekend,” he said.
The spinal issue is unrelated to an earlier health scare that took Ferguson off the air for a while. In 2010 he was hospitalized twice for treatment of irregular heart rhythm. Both times he underwent catheter ablation procedures to destroy abnormal heart tissue that was causing his cardiac arrhythmia. Doctors gave him a clean bill of health.
According to the latest Nielsen Audio survey, Ferguson and partner Kathy Hart dominate morning listenership among adults between 25 and 54 with a commanding 10.2 percent share — double their next closest competitor. They’re in their 18th year together on the Mix.
In September, Eric & Kathy duo won their industry’s highest honor when they were named Major Market Personalities of the Year in the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2013 Marconi Radio Awards.
Eric Ferguson Interview
Q} What made you decide to get into radio? Is it something you just always wanted to do?
It actually has been something that I’ve always had a passion for. I can remember as a little boy, even as young as 2nd or 3rd grade, listening at night to a little AM radio and hearing John Records Landecker do “Boogie Check” on the old WLS and thinking even as an 8-year-old boy, “Wow, what a cool job to have.” Then through college I always still had an interest and dabbled in it but didn’t think it was the grown up, responsible way to make a living. Then, as I was graduating and getting ready to go to law school, I got an offer to do a full-time radio job on the east coast with a friend of mine. I figured I’d just go do it for a year and get it out of my system. That way I’d never look back and say, what if? I’d have done it, and then after a year I can go back and start my real life, my real responsible life. And that was 22 years ago.l.
Q} “Eric & Kathy” has been a Chicago radio mainstay. To what do you attribute the success and unusual longevity of the show?
I want to believe there’s a relatability to our show — being native Chicagoans, growing up here and living the life that a lot of our listeners live, and having a lot of the same points of references that they do. I think there’s some value in that. And just being the kind of show that is interactive and inclusive and in which everyone’s involved. It’s a very listener-driven show — the whole sound of a group effort on the air, both us and the listeners really translates well.
I’m hearing from people that say, “Wow, I listened to you in grade school, and now I have my own family and I’m married and have kids,” and I’m like, that’s amazing. And then you hear from a listener that is 15. Our goal is to try to have a little bit of something for everybody, it’s not really the kind of show that is hyper-targeted at one specific age demographic. It’s evolved and our topics are things that everyone can relate to no matter what age they are. Especially in that sort of relationship-driven stuff that everyone experiences.
Q} A lot of people probably don’t understand how much goes into putting together a radio show. The conversation and topics come off so fluidly. Describe a typical day schedule-wise and what kind of planning goes into an average show?
With a lot of jobs, you go to work and you punch a clock in the morning and you come home at night. You work 100 percent for eight hours and you come home at night and relax. In my job, it’s more like I work at about 75-80 percent all day long. So even during the down time there are opportunities, or ideas, or topics that are coming up that I’m thinking about for the next day on the show. We obviously go at it pretty hard from 5:30 a.m to 10 each week day. Then at 10 or 11, after the show, I leave the station and go do other things, whether it’s work out or play golf, to get away from it for awhile and clear my head. And then I typically come back about 3 or 4 in the afternoon and start prepping for the next day’s show. And then in the evening, after dinner, I’m going at it pretty hard until bedtime trying to come up with a general outline and theme and topics for the next day’s show. The great thing about it is, of everything I have ready to go, we probably only get to maybe 45 percent of it because the show naturally evolves into different conversations. And that’s the great thing about it, that’s what it’s designed to do. Instead of force-feeding things on the show every 5 to 10 minutes, it happens naturally in a conversation type format.
Q} You’ve had countless celebrities on the show over the years. Do any stand out as being especially good to interview? Any not-so-great ones?
We’re fortunate in that we haven’t had any really bad experiences to speak of. And the great experiences, they stand the test of time. You know, with somebody like Tom Cruise you think, wow, he’s the biggest you are going to get. And he turns out to be — regardless of what everybody else says or you hear about him — one of the real great guys. Just a nice, genuine, decent guy. We’ve had Will Ferrell, Oprah and Bono call the show and, contrary to what you’d expect, I have found the bigger the name of the celebrity, the nicer the person they are. It’s actually the mid-level celebrities on their way up, or even worse, on their way down, that tend to be a little more difficult. They come with a little more attitude. Not that that’s a bad thing, just more challenging. But sometimes that can lead to more interesting interviews, too.
Q} Why the recent move to the suburbs and what attracted you specifically to Hinsdale? How are you adjusting to the non-city life?
You know, it was a big decision to do it, after living in the city for 15 years. My kids were born in the city and raised there through their toddler years and now into their middle school years. But the timing just seemed right. I wanted to provide them the more traditional, suburban existence, not only from a schooling standpoint, but also from an extracurricular activity standpoint. There’s something to be said for urban living that I really, really enjoy and that I think has been great for them. But I think giving them the suburban existence, too, it makes them more well rounded. They get to see a little bit of everything. And Hinsdale was a natural landing point for us because I have family that lives in Burr Ridge, a brother in Hinsdale, and another brother in Darien. Over the years, around the holidays and that kind of thing, we were in the area quite a bit. We just became really comfortable with it. So if we were going to make the move out of the city, the Hinsdale area was really the only location we were considering.
Q} You had quite a health scare a couple years back, an irregular heart rhythm that could have been fatal. Did that change your perspective?
No question. It is a wake-up call to have your mortality revealed to you. And that’s exactly what happened to me. That’s part of the reason I’ve really changed my lifestyle quite a bit. I still consider myself intense and hard-driving and competitive and all of those things. And I’m certain my co-workers would agree that it’s almost to a fault. That’s part of the reason I leave at 10 or 11 in the morning to be able to get away and unwind. All of the tension and energy that is part of doing the show goes away and I let my body recover. I’m not going to kid you by saying that we lift heavy bricks in here, but we go at a pretty intense, focused clip for about 4 1/2 to 5 hours straight. No breaks, no relaxing. My job isn’t one of those things where if you need a moment to take a walk around the office and clear your head you can. We don’t have that luxury. So I figure taking a break at the end of the show is a good thing to do from a health perspective. My doctor actually suggested it. Then I can turn things back up in the afternoon and accomplish what needs to get done. So yeah, it was a wake-up call, no question.
Q} Many of the topics on the show revolve around relationships — dealing with breakups, going on dates, etc. Do you ever get sick of the “girl talk?”
I really don’t, actually. That emasculates me, because my buddies will ask me about that too, “wouldn’t you rather be talking about football?” And I say, well, yeah I’d rather be talking about football, but I have you guys for that. This is just another outlet to explore. And there’s some value there — I tell them it’s is an opportunity to get a look inside the other team’s handbook. There’s a lot that is being revealed on the show that you can use for your own benefit. We all have interpersonal relationships. Men may not talk about them as outwardly as women do, but the same types of questions and situations and scenarios crop up in both genders. So I think the perfect example is while we may be talking about a “woman topic,” we find that just as many men chime in as women. Our ratings reflect that, too. Everybody thinks that we have this all-female audience, but about 40 percent of our audience is male, which tells me that a lot of guys are just as interested in these topics as women are. They just might not express it to their buddies. It’s “not cool” to say that you do. So it’s almost like one of those guilty pleasures they allow themselves to have.
Q} Is radio of less importance as a medium in the context of the fast-changing world of social media?
I think radio has done a pretty good job of adapting to social media and seeing the value of it, in a lot of cases before other media did. We’ve had a full-time social media department in place for more than two years now. And we commit a pretty significant amount of resources to understanding the value it creates. So I view social media not as a competitor, but as a partner in our business. When used correctly, there are a lot of positive upsides to it.
Q} So the Mayans were wrong, the world did not end last month, as predicted. But if you’d been selected to go on a spaceship to Mars to live, what are three things you’d bring with you (not including family members, they can come too)?
I would definitely take my golf clubs. I’m an avid-to-a-fault golfer. I would definitely take a pair of shorts because I’m a shorts and barefoot kind of guy and I’d hope the weather wherever I was going would be good. The third thing I would take is probably my i-Phone because I tend to be attached to that more than anything. It’s my connection to all forms of the outside world.