Off The Air with Doug Walker

In television, every newsroom has someone who coordinates all the stories reporters cover and keeps track of what's going on with the staff. At WLOX News that someone is Doug Walker. As co-host of Newswatch This Week, Doug has been the one to ask all the questions. Now we turn the tables and talk with Doug about an assortment of random things Off The Air .

In your opinion what is the best song ever?

DW: The best song ever written is, uh… Oh, boy that's a tough one. White Christmas is one of them. But also one from the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album called She's Leaving Home. That's my favorite album of all time, so I would say She's Leaving Home .

When you cook out do you use charcoal or gas?

DW: I haven't got time for charcoal. My life is way too fast paced. Give me a match and turn the crank and I'm cooking… cooking with gas! (Laughs)

How do you eat your steak? Medium? Well? Rare?

DW: For me, if I actually have real steak it's medium rare.

What is at the bottom of your closet?

DW: My wife's doll collection. She has four or five hundred. They're not all at the bottom of the closet, though. They're scattered about the bedroom. They range anywhere from character dolls to porcelain dolls.

Have a favorite local restaurant?

DW: I like McElroy's, which is good. I also like Po-Boy Express in Ocean Springs. They make some great poboys… shrimp, roast beef, ham, whatever you want.

What time do you get up?

DW: Five O'clock. That's 5 O'clock A.M ., by the way.

If you were stranded on a tropical island, would you rather have a shovel or an axe?

DW: I'd rather have an axe. If you have to do yourself in because of frustration, an axe would be a lot cheaper and quicker than having to hammer yourself to death with a shovel.(Laughs)

What day do you buy groceries?

DW: I usually go early Saturday morning. I do the grocery shopping for my household, which is rather unusual. I bounce around between stores a lot. I go to whoever has the cheapest prices.

Clip coupons?

DW: Yes, I actually do clip coupons because I'm a cheap guy. I probably save five bucks a pop at the store.

Which three movies could you watch over and over again?

DW: One of them is my favorite movie of all time, the best movie ever made in my opinion – The Godfather. I could probably watch One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest over and over again, it's also a great motion picture. And the third movie… it's a tie between Back to the Future, the original one, and the first Indiana Jones movie Raider's of the Lost Ark .

What's your favorite local movie theatre?

DW: I refer back to the cheap comment I made earlier. I very rarely go to the movies, and when I do it's usually at that place in Edgewater Village.

The Silver Screen.

DW: Yea, The Silver Screen because they have the cheapest tickets. (Laughs)

What were your top three TV shows to watch when you were growing up?

DW: I used to watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E. . I would play with one of my best friends and I still remember his name after 39, 40 years. His name was Randy Crutchfield. He would play Napoleon Solo and I would play Illya Kuryakin because I was the one with the blond hair. I used to watch Lost In Space . I also loved Lost In Space when I was a kid. And I used to watch Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea .

What's your favorite sport to watch?

DW: Basketball. I love basketball. It's fast moving. Those guys are incredible athletes, probably the best on the planet with the finesse, grace, and power they show.

What's your favorite sport to play?

DW: I like to play basketball though I'm not very good at it. I like to play tennis – not very good at it. I like to play golf – not very good at it. In fact there's not a sport I'm really very good at. (Laughs) Tee ball. I'm really good a tee ball . (Laughs)

What's your favorite board game?

DW: Monopoly. No doubt about it. I like to crush my opponents into the dust. I'm usually the car game piece.

What was the first car you drove?

DW: A 1962 Chevy Bel Air. Standard transmission. It had a 323 V8, I believe. It was built like a tank. I eventually had to sell it when the driver side door kept falling off into the middle of the road, but I parted with it with great sorrow.

Name your favorite country music artist.

DW: I like Hank Williams, Jr. and I like Reba McEntire. I'm from the old school of country.

Do you play an instrument?

DW: I used to play the drums. I used to play the piano. A lot of "used to's" there. So the answer there I guess is really "No." But I'm trying to make myself sound more talented than I actually am.

How long does it take you to get to work?

DW: Depending on Keesler traffic, it takes me somewhere between 23 and 29 minutes.

What makes you mad when you're driving Highway 90?

DW: All the other drivers! (Laughs) I'm the only perfect one out there.

What station is your car radio tuned to at this second?

DW: I believe it's WXRG .

What was your most memorable / horrible moment when you were behind the board in radio?

DW: I put on a record by Roger Daltry and he made an obvious reference to a certain bodily function. He never really said the word, but he did the first letter of it. I thought he was going to say it, but he didn't. It seemed like an eternity. I saw my entire career going down the toilet. But he never actually did so I praised the Lord and said a Hail Marry and went on.

Would you ever sky dive?

DW: No. I don't like heights unless I'm in control.

Is there anything off the wall you would like to know about any of your WLOX News colleagues?

DW: I would like to know from Jeff Lawson how he got to be such an incredible cheap-o?

You're one to talk. I refer you to your earlier comments. Nevertheless, he probably went to the same school of economics you went to.

DW: Probably so. That why Jeff's a good guy. A cheap guy, but a good guy.

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