Information Diet: Kevin McHale

Friday, June 03, 2011


Adweek: What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
Kevin McHale: Besides the texts that I’ve gotten while I slept, usually Twitter. I follow everybody on the show, my family, and some of my best friends. I don’t follow a lot of celebrity feeds, but I do follow Rev Run.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
Breakfast is my favorite meal, so I try not to do too much, but I do enjoy reading. Right now, I’m reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s short, so you can read it in one day, but I’ve gotten a little sidetracked.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
I’m a big Radio 1 junkie, which is the BBC radio station. I have Sirius XM radio in my car. I love The Scott Mills Show and the Chart Show every Sunday. I also listen to my iPod—I learn a lot of the songs we’re doing on the show while I’m driving to and from work.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I’m on an airtime-restricted diet, I suppose. I pick and choose, but I don’t watch a lot of TV. I used to, and then the weird thing is since I’ve gotten on TV, I’ve stopped watching it. I think it’s because of our work hours.

What do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
I do TiVo stuff, like Top Chef and Shameless. But most of what I watch is online because I like a lot of U.K. shows—I love Misfits and the original Skins, especially the first two seasons.

Before bed, do you: Bite into a novel; graze on Twitter; or fast until morning?
This is why I don’t sleep: I take my computer to bed, and I troll Twitter and Facebook and all types of blogs. I’m slightly obsessed with Oh No They Didn’t!, which is a big gossip blog.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
As far as news, I’m going to have to say Web. I follow CNN.com, and I love the BBC. I like getting minute-to-minute updates instead of waiting for the newspaper the next day.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
My favorite app—besides Twitter—is probably Tiny Wings. A lot of the guys on Glee are obsessed with it. It’s kind of like Angry Birds . . . It’s a very simple, stupid game, but you become addicted to it.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
It would probably have to be iTunes.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
It’s taken me time to realize what I appreciate—I have my mainstays, but it’s hard to cut out the fat. I usually don’t. That’s why when I get in bed, I’m up until all hours of the morning looking at useless information.

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