Sam Topmson

Sam TopmsonHow long have you lived in Atlanta?

14 years

Where are you from/ grow up?

Boston, Mass

What is your fav. place to vacation?

I’d get my wife and head to the airport and then it would be off the Seychelles.
I’d figure out what I’d do with the rest while sitting on the beach.

If you had a million dollars what you spend it on?

Is this not the hardest question to answer? You answer first.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Aria in Buckhead is probably tops on my list right now. But I’m a pub grub guy. I like Front Page News, Loafing Leprechaun, the Vortex. New York Prime is always great for an incredible steak dinner. Trilogy in East Cobb has great seafood! Crab cakes to die for!

Where could we find you on a Saturday night?

Either working an event or a radio station gig. I like getting down to Philips Arena to see the Hawks. I just want to be around some friends or making some new ones.

What is your favorite place to get a drink?

Anywhere there are good people and good music, and hopefully some karaoke. And I’m always up for a Frangelico on the rocks at Applebee’s.

What was the most recent concert that you ever went to?

Shawn Mullins. He’s awesome. He’s an Atlanta guy and Atlanta people are cool.

If you had a theme song what would it be?

Probably the theme to FSN’s NBA basketball coverage. That’s what I want to play when my alarm clock goes off in the morning.

Who is your favorite band?

Too many to name. I love Van Morrison. I love the Pogues. Van Halen, Led Zeppelin. Frank Sinatra is probably my favorite singer of all time. The Cure. Of the newer music out there I really like the Shins. David Holmes (who scored all the Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13) is a favorite of mine too

Do you have any pets?

Yes. Two shih-tzus. Riley and Chloe. Riley is 6 years old and weighs 19 lbs. Chloe is 5 and weighs 14 lbs.

What is your favorite place to see a concert in Atlanta?

I like Eddie’s Attic because it’s a cool room and the pours at the bar are always generous. Smiths’s Olde Bar is neat because you could be in there on a Wednesday and there not be many people in there and you might hear a band you’ve never heard before that is just awesome. Chastain is always fun in the summertime. Sunsets, sweat and Chardonnay. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Who is your favorite musical group from Ga?

Would have to say R.E.M.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Laura Linney, Lauren Graham. And maybe a select female cable network news anchor or two. OK, just one.

What is your favorite sports team of all time?

Without a doubt, the Boston Celtics. The history and the tradition are just awesome. And they’re actually doing well now! But I am a fan of the sport and specifically, the NBA. I have the NBA League Pass and enjoy watching all the games. I like being able to watch all the games late out west too. And you know I love those Golden State Warriors!!

What are three things we would find in your refridge. at all times?

Beer. Milk. Bread. Yup. I am ready for a snow storm at any time.

What is one thing that would surprise us about you?

There are actually a few “chick flicks” that I really like. “The Notebook” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” in particular. I also lived in Portugal for a year when I was 9.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be?

I wouldn’t trade places with anyone for any reason. I am very happy being me.

If you had the chance to interview anyone that you wanted who would it be?

We’d need to get some folks out of the grave for this one. Frank Sinatra. Hunter S. Thompson. John F. Kennedy. Mary. As far as living people, Charles Taylor (the former President of Liberia) and anyone high up the CIA or FBI after a few drinks.

What is your favorite television show?

Call me whatever you want, but I think the writing and character development on Ugly Betty is among the best I’ve ever seen on TV. But I am way picky with my TV. That’s why I watch more basketball than anything else. I like seeing stuff that’s live and real.