In this edition of our Guest Spotlight, we grabbed some time over a haircut to talk with Andrew Wadden, Vancouver radio anchor, producer and all around sports super-fan.

Andrew Wadden is a man who knows his sports. As a DJ on TSN 1040 Vancouver he spends his time breaking news stories and waxing lyrical about the latest in world of sports. Over the years Andrew has been a mainstay in the chair of Salon Partner Adam Petipas where the two have put the world to rights over a clean haircut and love of basketball. Most recently Andrew interviewed Adam on his show (stream below) where they talked thom. – men’s salon and barbershop as well as the gapping hole left in the world of basketball with the loss of the legend that was, Kobe Bryant.

"...There is nothing more exhilarating than a major story happening and having to scramble to get the best possible coverage"

— Andrew Wadden

What’s your coffee order?

I’m really basic when it comes to coffee. Just regular coffee with cream. If I’m feeling exotic, I get an almond milk latte.

What inspires you?

I’m fortunate that I work in a job that I consider my dream job, so I draw inspiration from the people that I work with on a daily basis. Being able to talk about my passion in life, which is sports, and working around a news cycle that can change drastically on a daily basis is exciting and fun. There is nothing more exhilarating than a major story happening and having to scramble to get the best possible coverage and executing that for the listeners. It’s rewarding and makes more feel grateful every day for the opportunity to be a part of it.

What are some of your style icons?

The first icon that comes to mind is Tony Hawk. When I was a kid I was enamored by the skateboarding world, and Tony Hawk and the Powell Peralta “Bones Brigade” were who I wanted to mimic. When I was a teenager hip-hop music was a major influence on how I dressed and carried myself. Though I definitely made some questionable choices trying to define my style (lime green Cross Colours jeans comes to mind), skateboarding and hip-hop helped me develop a style that I felt was me.

I get paid to talk about sports for a living. It’s not a real job and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Who is your thom. stylist and why?

Adam is my stylist. We’ve known one another for close to 20 years. We met through djing, hanging out in record shops and night clubs. We used to snowboard or play basketball daily together, back when we didn’t have day jobs. Plus, he’s from Newfoundland which is dear to me because my Mom is a Newfie. He makes sure I get a proper cut and loves to talk hoops, though, since he’s a Chicago Bulls fan I question how much he actually knows about the NBA.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I get paid to talk about sports for a living. It’s not a real job and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What would be your ideal day?

In the winter my ideal day would be waking up in a mountain town with fresh powder, and getting out for first lifts and crushing all day. Come home to a great meal with some frosty beverages and a Toronto Maple Leafs game on television. In the summer it would start with a round of golf, preferably at my course of choice Northlands out in North Van. Hopefully, score well on the course. Come home and head to the beach in White Rock for a nice lunch and maybe a nap in the sun. Finish the day with an evening baseball game, whether it’s playing on one of the two teams I play for, or checking out a Canadians game at the Nat, or perhaps heading down to T-Mobile in Seattle to check out the Mariners (especially when the Blue Jays are in town).

Top 5 albums/Top 5 artists?

Massive Attack – Blue Lines, A Tribe Called Quest – Low-End Theory Sub Focus – Torus, Katy B – Honey, Outkast – ATLiens

what does masculinity mean to you?

I think it means being comfortable with yourself. Treating people with respect and basically being a good person.

Listen to Salon Partner Adam Petipas talk thom. and basketball on TSN Sports Saturday: