10 Questions

  • 1) What was your first job in radio and who were your early influences and mentors?

    I was an intern in the News Department at full-service WFVA-A/F in my hometown of Fredericksburg, VA. That internship created a path to my first full-time position (hosting middays) with WFVA/WBQB. Vince Genson, Fred Jacobs, Woody Bartlett, Greg Mull and Dave Beasing are among those who, early in my career, offered solid direction and inspiration.

    2) Before we talk about WDRV (The Drive), you have quite a strong programming background. Give us some of the stations and highlights from your career prior to joining The Drive.
    • Middays - WFVA-WBQB/Fredericksburg, VA;
    • PD/OM - WJMA-WJMZ/Orange, VA
    • PD/OM - WAVF/Charleston, SC
    • PD/OM - WMFS/Memphis, TN
    • PD/OM - WAQY-WLZX/Springfield, MA
    • SVP/Programming - WFBQ-WOLT-WNDE-WUBG/Indianapolis
    • PD - WDRV/Chicago
    3) This January will mark two years since you took over the programming reins for The Drive and I understand the station is performing quite well in the market. Can you give us the latest ratings report card?

    I am fortunate to work with such a talented group here in Chicago. Over the past 22 months, The Drive has emerged as one of the most-listened-to radio stations in Chicago among 25-54-year-old adults and a clear favorite among men. Nielsen Highlights for Summer, 2017, include the following Chicago market rank positions (Mon-Sun, 6a-Midnight) for WDRV:

  • 1) What your first job in radio and what led you to do radio in the first place? KAMU Texas A&M University, March 30th, 1977. Board of Regents would only let us play classical music. I was part of the station's first staff. I auditioned because I had a crush on a local ...

  • 1) What was your first job in radio and early influences? KLDN/Eldon, MO ... overnights, weekends, news, empty trash cans, make coffee ... anything I could do to get experience. Early influences: my first PD, at KLDN, Ken Kuenzie taught me good radio, good habits and ...

  • October 17, 2017
    10 Questions with ... Mud

    1) What was your first job in radio and your early influences and mentors? When I was in elementary school, I would travel with my Mom about an hour in the morning to drop my sister off at work. My Mom would then take me to school. I can remember hearing 77 WABC everyday ...

  • 1) What was your first job in radio and early influences? I was almost 18 years old when I got my 3rd Class FCC license in July, 1979. I landed a gig at KJJR-A/Whitefish/Kalispell, MT. It was working overnights playing Top 40. The station was a whopping 250 watts at ...

  • 1) What made you want to get into the radio business and who were some of your early mentors? Does anyone's answer on this part ever swerve from "I wanted to be in radio because I listened to the radio?" No? Well then, let me join the herd for a few seconds. I'm going to ...

  • 1) What led you to a career in radio and what was your first radio job? I've wanted to do radio since I was nine years old or so. However, it wasn't until I turned 30 that I decided to finally follow my dream and enrolled in the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in ...

  • Band Members: Jonny Hawkins - lead vocals Mark Vollelunga - guitar Daniel Oliver - bass Ben Anderson - drums 1) Where does this interview find the band right now? Jonny: On the bus halfway between Texas and New York City. 2) Let's start at the beginning. The ...

  • 1) What was your first job in radio and early influences? Jim: WYNZ, Ypsilanti MI. 2/11/1967. I was 14 years old. I was joined a few months later by my junior high classmate and friend Jim Harper, who was 13. He went on to a long career as one of the top morning ...

  • 1) What was your first job in radio and early influences? My first job in radio was interning for Sarah and No Name's Morning Show on Alice 97.3 in San Francisco. Matty Staudt was the producer and Hooman Khalili was the third mic/phone screener. At that time, I was also ...


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