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Between Patsy Cline's 'Walking After Midnight' and Donna Summer's 'Last Dance,' Michael Stabile spoke with Frank Huang about Bette Midler, Neil Diamond and life as ringmaster of would-be rock stars at The Mint Karaoke Lounge on Market Street

Michael: Describe your job.

Frank: Karaoke host. They call me a 'KJ.'

Do you like your job?: I do. This is my second [karaoke] job. Actually, it's the greatest job you could have. I get to sing, also, and listen to people sing. Singing makes me happy. It puts me in a good mood.

How did you get this job?: I used to work here a long time ago, back when they first started karaoke in '91. They asked me to come back again.

What is the most popular song?: That's really, really hard. Lots of people like Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing this?: Running a restaurant. That's my forte. My dad is a chef and we had our own business before [I started] doing this.

What are your favorite songs to sing?: Love ballads. I used to sing "At This Moment" a lot; [now] "Lady" and "Wind Beneath My Wings." Any song that touches my heart.

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From the October 5-18, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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