Making major moves by entertaining people from all backgrounds, Chuey Martinez is no stranger to the spotlight. He grew up in East LA and started working for LA’s #1 hit music station 102.7 KIIS FM at the age of 25, while simultaneously being an on-air talent for iHeartRadio and Sirius XM. As his popularity increased on the radio, Chuey’s resume grew in 2007 when he was invited to be the LA correspondent for MTV Tr3s, the first bilingual MTV station.
His next venture came in 2012, when he became the host of “All You Can Meat” on the Travel Channel in addition to regularly contributing to ESPN and ESPN Deportes. With so much on his plate already, Chuey is taking on a new endeavor by creating his own production company “Chumongous Productions” for the development of film, TV, and music projects. With his easygoing demeanor and charismatic charm, it isn't hard to see why millions tune in every day.
Get to know more about Chuey, the soon-to-be household name:
Take us through your day, starting from when you wake up.
The first thing that ALWAYS happens is that I’m greeted by my English bulldog Bosley Martinez. I take him for a mini walk in the morning and feed him breakfast. Considering I don’t have to be at the radio station till 9pm, I fill up my day with meetings, auditions, gym (when I feel like it), and I also usually film during the day—if it’s not for Mitu, ESPN, or working on a new project. I get to the radio station at 9pm, then we rock 'n' roll till 2am. I usually head home around 4am.
Best part of your job/big break?
When did you get your big break? Hmmmm I would have to say my first big radio contract was in 2005 with KXOL 96.3 FM in Los Angeles. I was there for four years. After that I landed my dream job at 102.7 KIIS FM.
Who is your childhood music inspiration?
It’s a big mix…My mom would listen to her salsa, merengue, cumbia, ranchera records really loudly when I was young, but I grew up listening to '80s & '90s hip-hop.
What is your high school make-out song?
Ha! I would have to say anything by 112, Carl Thomas, Jodeci, or Aaliyah. That got the job done. When I read this question, I just remembered my freshman year dance, and dancing to Cupid by 112…Comedy!
How is the music world different in TV vs. radio?
I still believe the music world really needs radio. TV? Not so much. Very few places play music videos anymore. All the videos I watch are on YouTube now. Not to say that any artist should dismiss TV altogether, no! You still need to get interviewed and people need to know what you look like. But radio is extremely powerful in the big picture…I might be biased because I love radio and have been doing this for over 15 years. Hahahaha
What has been your craziest radio or TV interview?
I would have to say the craziest or most fun would have to be my interview with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. You can see it on my YouTube now. Such a good time, you can see how humble both of them are. I’ve interviewed both of them at least five times each. I also love the interviews I’ve had recently with Iggy Azalea. I’ve watched her career from the beginning and it’s just rad seeing how far she’s come. I’m extremely happy for her. She’s only getting started.