In this episode, Cody has a conversation with radio host and comedian Matt Collins. Matt got his start in radio at 17 years old at 87.7 The End in Anchorage. He was the overnight jockey and intern there, learning the ropes and getting used to being on-air. From there he went on to work as a producer and board op at 100.5 The Fox. But then after the Bob and Mark Show moved from The Fox to 106.5 KWHL in 2004, so did Matt. At KWHL, he continued to produce the show, as well as host his own afternoon show, Alice in the Afternoon. He says that he got the nickname Alice because Bob Lester—of the Bob and Mark Show—said he looked like Layne Staley of Alice in Chains if he was into donuts instead of smack.
Throughout his life, Matt has been drawn to live performances. When he was a teenager, he performed in local plays. From 18 to 26, he played the drums in a number of bands. And then from 26 on he’s done stand-up comedy. When he was younger, Matt says that he was a basement dweller and that he was intimidated by the world. But as he got older and more involved in stand-up comedy, he became more comfortable with the world and his place in it.