Here are a couple of stats that may shock you: the John Tesh Radio Show is heard on hundreds of radio stations across North America each week, including 95.9 FM in Los Angeles; and together with, this mixture of homegrown music and life advice employs a staff of 300 people.

Ahead of a concert performance Friday in Marion, Ohio, the former Entertainment Tonight golden boy shared some intriguing media observations with Columbus Dispatch reporter Kevin Joy (the source of that astounding employee stat). Tesh finds TMZ hysterical, recalls how PBS mocked his plan to rent the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in 1994, and says Oprah was born to do what she does:

Both worked at Nashville TV stations in the 1970s – Tesh at an NBC affiliate (where Wheel of Fortune mainstay Pat Sajak was the weatherman) and a young Oprah Winfrey at another local station. ÔÇťOprah was famous for going to a garden party and ad-libbing,” Tesh said. “She could literally interview people for a half hour about nothing, and it was entertaining. She had her own show before she had her own show.”

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