Terry's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Austin, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

TERRY LICKONA

Producer
Austin City Limits

“Almost anything is worth trying at least once, just to see if you like it.”

INTERESTS:

Music Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Fear Exploration Risk Instincts Talent Choices Chance Courage Hard Work Perseverance

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

adventure, advice, balance, brain, conflicting feelings, creativity, discovery, heart, learning, meet people, move away, new world, practice, procrastination, proving yourself, public speaking, shy, trying new things, voice, volunteer

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was in high school, someone mentioned that he had a great voice for radio; that stuck with him.
  • Throughout college, he worked a full-time job in radio, which he said was "like therapy": it gave him a chance to speak out.
  • After finishing his bachelor's & master's degrees in political science, he packed up his car and moved to Austin, Texas.
  • He had $400 dollars and no plan; when he got to Austin, he realized finding a job would be much tougher than he'd thought.
  • During his job hunt, he was surviving on frozen dinners and donating blood for a little bit of extra cash.
  • Started volunteering for the television program Austin City Limits and was soon hired as an employee.
  • He has been working as the producer of Austin City Limits since 1978. and was instrumental in creating the program's unique sound.
  • Says "if your brain and your heart are telling you to do something different, that's the advice you should follow."

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