What are you ...? with Gary 'Turbo' Webb of RSU radio
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2012
11/15/12 at 4:00 AM
Rogers State University student Gary Webb recently won Specialty Music Director of the Year award from CMJ. It's a big deal.
The College Media Journal awards "are like Billboard awards for college," he said of his prize.
Most listeners know him as Turbo, the man on the front lines of local, regional and national metal music on his Turbo's Metal Meltdown, which airs live 8 p.m.-midnight every Tuesday and 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays on RSU radio, 91.3-FM. It also streams at tulsaworld.com/rsuradio
At age 34, he's a non-traditional student who moved to Claremore from St. Louis in 2008. He talks fast, he eats fast, he moves fast, he listens to fast music, and he chugs energy drinks.
"I was called Turbo way before I started in radio," he said during a recent telephone interview. "It feels really weird when people call me Gary."
What are you …
... listening to in your free time?
All my listeners know that Pantera is my favorite band of all time. So there's a lot of that. Whatever I'm listening to is undoubtedly metal - Lamb of God's new album, Gojira's new album.
... hopeful for once you graduate?
I've been here on RSU radio for 4 1/2 years, and I've put a lot of my eggs into the underground metal music scene here. I've created something that doesn't exist in radio anymore - I'd love to keep doing a metal-based show, whether it be locally, on satellite radio or podcast.
... most surprised about when people meet you?
When some people first see me and know the type of music I listen to, they think I'm mean. People assume metal fans are mean people. People are terrified of me. I'm tall, bald, loud, tattooed and have mutton chops - but give me five minutes of your time, and I'll completely change your mind. I make a point to be nice to everyone I meet.
... doing in your free time?
(laughs) I'm always at the station, doing interviews, preparing the show or studying. When I'm not doing that I'm at concerts.
... watching, as far as Oklahoma bands go?
There are too many to name, but a few are Two Minutes of Hate, Epitaph, Zerotheist, Enfuneration.
Metal Meets Industrial event
Featuring Axis, Pittersplatter, Bloodshot Tragedy, Reborn in Fire, Rivethead, Aulluvia and more, hosted by Turbo and Dr. Drewcifer from RSU Radio 91.3
When: Doors open 5 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: The Shrine, 112 E. 18th St.
Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Must be at least 21 years old. Learn more and get advance tickets at tulsaworld.com/mmi.
Original Print Headline: What are you ...? with Gary Webb, Rogers State University Student
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Gary "Turbo" Webb of KRSU radio show Turbo Metal Meltdown recently won the Specialty Music Director of the Year award at the CMJ College Music Awards. Courtesy