Not very many people get to do, and enjoy, the same job for almost 40 years, and even fewer get to do their work at the same place for more than 30.
Our guest today, Steve Terrell has been a working journalist, in New Mexico, based in Santa Fe over that whole period, spending the years since 1987 covering local news – everything but sports – music and culture, and specializing the covering state government for the Santa Fe daily, The New Mexican. He retired at the end of November.
Steve was 75 years too late to cover the inauguration of the first Governor of the State of New Mexico William C. McDonald, but when he arrived at The New Mexican the Governor was Garry Carruthers, followed by Bruce King, and Gary Johnson who was there in 2002, when Terrell became The New Mexican’s Statehouse specialist. Then came Bill Richardson, Susana Martinez and now, Michelle Lujan Grisham. Look down that list and you realize they hid the mold for New Mexico Governor. There is no type. Six governors, as different from one another as they could be.
Steve Terrell is host of Terrell’s Sound World — the home of Free-form Weirdo Radio which revels in garage, punk, psychedlelic surf, R&B, polka and other crazy sounds broadcast on KSFR FM 101.1 in Santa Fe, HERE & THERE’S host station. Terrell also produces a monthly podcast, The Big Enchilada, which is part of the Radio Mutation Rock ‘n’ Roll Network.
Terrell recently retired from being a mild-mannered reporter and columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican. Terrell also wrote a music column, Terrell’s Tuneup, for the paper. He’s the father of two grown children, a proud grandfather of two lads, and a full-fledged rock ‘n’ roll