Robert Hughes is co-owner of San Diego's independent rock music station 102.1 KPRI. He is the host and producer of "Night Time Words & Music," which can be heard Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Robert is also a voiceover artist for national and local commercials, network promos, movie trailers and narrations.
Robert is also a musician, record producer and voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He has produced and released nearly a dozen recording projects. He is a founding member and guitarist with The Shockwaves, a rock band that plays rock songs from the 1960s to today. He is also a founding member of The Midnight Ramblers, a Rolling Stones tribute band.
Before moving to San Diego in 1993, he and his wife, Pat Hughes, lived in Washington, D.C., where he was a broadcast executive with U.S. Radio, CBS, Gulf Broadcast Group and Metromedia. He began his career as a radio-TV journalist assigned to the White House, Capital Hill, The Pentagon and the State Department. He graduated from Fordham University in New York where he studied mass media with Marshall McLuhan and English literature.
What brought you to Del Mar?
Radio broadcasting. My partner Jonathan Schwartz and I had a chance to buy radio stations here. We moved to Del Mar with our families in 1993.
What makes Del Mar special to you?
It's a very appealing small town on the shores of the Pacific. Because of its location and distinctive character and spirit, there's no place in the world like it. I continue to be amazed by the caliber of people who are my neighbors.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Del Mar?
If I could improve one situation with a finger snap, it would be: raise all the money Del Mar needs to acquire and use the Shores project. There's no better legacy for our community to give to future generations.
Who or what inspires you?
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Sting, Thomas Jefferson, Bono, Jennifer Luce (world-renowned architect), Barack and Michelle Obama, Pat Hughes, Michael Lewis (New York Times reporter and author) and Louise Hughes, my mother. That's nine, but we could find room! Each of these individuals has a wide-ranging perspective that would enable them to connect. It would be an amazing evening.
What are you currently reading?
"The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss. This is a 30-year-old guy who has lived enough experiences to fill three or four life times - and he tells you how to do it. I'm also reading the "Year in Ideas" issue of The New York Times Magazine. It proves there's still no end to human genius.
What is your most prized possession?
That's a tough one. I have a couple of little dogs I'm very fond of. But if you mean inanimate objects, it would probably have to be one of my guitars. I haven't decided which one yet.
What do you do for fun?
I actually get tremendous pleasure from doing my radio job. I meet such amazing people. Then there's the chance to play live music for an appreciative audience. It's a privilege and a joy to have the life I have.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
I'm happy with the way my two daughters have grown up. Not only do I love them, I also like them. I admire the people they have become. I don't think there's anything better than that.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
My Dad lived in Peru during World War II. He liked to toast everyone with his version of the traditional Spanish toast "Salud, amor y dinero y mucho tiempo para gosarlo." He translated it: "Health, love and money - and much time to enjoy." It stuck with me. It's a good idea.