Editor's note: A full version of this Q&A interview originally was published in a previous issue of the In The Record Store magazine.
Johnny DiLoretto has been a towering figure in Columbus since 1998.
He is the co-host of WCBE's (FM 90.5) Cinema Classics and the host of The Not So Late Show at Shadowbox Live.
Whether he's on TV, radio or in print, you always can count on DiLoretto for honest and intelligent -- not to mention hilarious -- content.
DiLoretto answered some questions about his experiences in the music industry.
In The Record Store: You were also on TV doing nighttime entertainment reports. What was that like?
DiLoretto: That was an incredible experience. I remember, one day I was unemployed and grading standardized tests in a gutted-out strip mall, and a few months later, I was standing in a posh room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel getting ready to interview Ben Affleck. I thought, "Wow, I'm a con man. I have conned people into thinking I know what I'm doing."
ITRS: Tell me about the Not So Late Show.
DiLoretto: It's a comedy talk show focused on the most interesting people and topics in Columbus. It's like any other late-night TV talk show except that we have zero budget, our set sucks, my wardrobe is woefully out of date and we don't have any writers. But it's over by 9:30 p.m., and we have absolutely amazing guests plus MojoFlo is the house band. I promise at every show, you will laugh and you will learn something.
ITRS: What makes Columbus a great place to do radio?
DiLoretto: Well, every place is a great place to do radio; it's whether or not there is any great radio. Most stations plug in pre-programmed content and let it go. That kind of radio is worthless. WCBE produces more local content than any other station in Ohio.
ITRS: What traits of a classic film make it endure?
DiLoretto: Bread crumbs. Emotional, spiritual, psychological bread crumbs make a movie endure. A movie can't be a classic unless it edifies people in some way. A great movie leaves a trail of bread crumbs that you follow back to some truths, some joy, maybe some instructions on how to be a better human being. You return to great movies again and again because they nurture you in some way.
ITRS: And what's the best music film?
DiLoretto: Movies like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and "Lawrence of Arabia" are as exciting to listen to as they are to watch. And directors like (Martin) Scorsese and (Quentin) Tarantino instinctively know how to populate their films with great songs. I also like when I hear a song in a movie that I might normally hate, but because of a particular scene it takes on a different life -- like the Propellerheads song ("Spybreak!") in "The Matrix." On its own, kind of annoying. But in "The Matrix," kind of sublime.
Colin Aldridge helps write the weekly In The Record Store column, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.