10 Questions with ... John Mullett
September 27, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
After attending Berklee College of Music, I spent some time touring in a band. My passion has always been music, so after enjoying the road for a while (and needing a real job), I found myself at WNCS (The Point) in Montpelier, Vermont. During my time at The Point my duties included lawn mowing, hiking to transmitters with the chief engineer, helping in the business office, helping with promotions and everything in between. From there I was fortunate enough to become the Marketing Director of WXRV (The River), which brought me to Massachusetts. Then about three and a half years ago, I came to Greater Media as the Marketing Director of WBOS (Alt 92.9). About a month ago I was given the opportunity to take on the music Director roll here at Alt 92.9, I am beyond thankful for the opportunity.
1. How did you become interested in radio?
From a young age I was a total music lover, it really became the fabric of everything I did. The combination of that and growing up in a town with such an emphasis on the importance of community, made me really fall in love with the live and local aspect of radio.
2. What led to your move from Marketing Director to Music Director?
I greatly enjoyed my time as Marketing Director but was so excited to be granted the opportunity to really be one of the people that helped to curate and shape this brand.
3. What has been your biggest challenge in your new role?
I would say the biggest challenge is managing a balance of science and analysis without completely losing sight of what makes great music great. Truly a challenge, but also a fantastic learning experience.
4. Tell us about the station's recent rebranding from Radio 92.9 to Alt 92.9.
All of us at the station are very excited about the rebrand. It's an honor to be able to plant an "Alternative" flag in the Boston market.
5. What is it like working for Ken West?
Ken is an incredible leader, analyst and programmer. One of the exciting parts for me about taking on the role of Music Director was that it gave me the chance to continue to work under his leadership.
6. What is your favorite part of your job?
Music, music, music! I love hearing new records, I love talking about new records, I love seeing new bands thrive, and I love seeing old bands stick around.
7. What may surprise people to learn about Alt 92.9?
We play Chumbawamba "Tubthumping" more than any other station in the market...maybe that isn't a surprise.
8. What do you like best about living in Boston?
From a live music standpoint we are lucky; we have great venues and no shortage of shows. As someone who grew up in the country, it is a blast for me to be able to experience city life. Plus, it's fun to drive angry (just kidding).
9. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without _________?
Lunch before 12:30pm. Anyone who has worked with me can confirm that.
10. What would surprise people most about you?
I started playing the fiddle when I was five. My parents were kind to endure the early years of horrible squeaking and out of tune versions of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
What are your hobbies?
I have an unhealthy obsession with cars. Actually, anything with a motor really.
Last non-industry job?
I worked at 802 Honda in Berlin, Vermont.
First record ever purchased?
If I remember correctly it was Smash Mouth's "Astro Lounge."
My dad took me to see Simon & Garfunkel's old friends tour.
Favorite band of all-time?
I have to give two, the first would be the Eagles, I grew up with my parents listening to them and they will always hold a spot at the top of my list. My favorite artist right now would have to be Andrew McMahon. I think everything he has done from Something Corporate to Jack's Mannequin to his current project Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness has been phenomenal. On a side note, he is also one of my favorite artists to work with.