Markley & Vancamp
David Van Camp
BY JAMIE MARKLEY
David is an interesting cat. Well, not only is he a “cat whisperer” (he has a calming effect even on feral cats), he’s a football guy from Texas, a Star Wars nerd, a guitarist (Gibson SG, nice choice), a singer-songwriter, a foodie, and will tell you a real man eats his steak, rare.
He’s truly one of a kind. As a former news guy who’s now unleashed, he brings a unique perspective to what’s happening in the world. He sees right through people’s bull, and is not afraid to call them out.
David works his butt off, leaving no stone unturned. It’s funny to hear him go off on his own generation. But if I criticize millennials, he’ll be quick to defend them and call out my generation (I’ve got 20 years on him). I like that. The dude’s got spirit. And a whole lot of intelligence and humor. It keeps this gig fun every day.
BY DAVID VAN CAMP
Jamie Markley is one of the most unique people I’ve ever met in this business.
He looks at, and breaks down, topics in a way that no one else in media does: like the average person. That’s not to say he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; it’s to say he is able to take complex topics and drill down to the heart of every topic, and approach it in a way that gets me thinking about it differently.
He’s also a walking music encyclopedia, who’s not afraid to drop random facts at a moment’s notice.
Like, did you know Tom Petty didn’t want to record the song “I Won’t Back Down,” because he thought it was “too obvious?” I learned that during a conversation with him about tax reform (Did I mention he suffers from ADHD?).
Some of his opinions on music are clearly wrong (like, “The Beatles are overrated” and “Guns n Roses had more than one good album”), but I don’t hold that against him.
It’s a ton of fun working with him, and every day he helps keep me sane in the crazy news cycles we’re constantly living through. I think that helps keep the listeners sane, too. All I know for sure is that he’s unlike anyone else I hear in talk radio, and that’s a great thing.