Date of Interview: 09/02/2011
As one of the United States’ most-successful radio personalities, Russ Parr has cultivated a reputable entertainment brand over the past two decades. To date, his nationally syndicated radio show covers 24 markets and reaches 3.2 million listeners. Since 1996, the revolutionary partnership between Radio One and the Russ Parr Morning Show has redefined the style, pace and influence of contemporary “urban” broadcasts.
Capitalizing on his cultural capital, Russ Parr has expanded his media empire into the world of cinema. His most-recent project, 35 and Ticking, features cast members such as Kevin Hart, Meagan Good and Tamala Jones. With the release of Parr’s forthcoming theatrical feature, The Under Shepherd, Russ will continue to establish himself as one of Hollywood’s premiere “triple-threats”: writer, director and executive producer.
During a promotional campaign for the DVD release – September 13, 2011 – of 35 and Ticking, Russ Parr managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his early years as a stand-up comedian, the evolution of “urban” radio, and the professional lessons he learned in Hollywood.