10 Questions with ... Dan Hopkins
October 11, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Spent 12 years in the business so far, with some great people at Cumulus in CT, Townsquare in CT, Cumulus in NYC, and here at Berkshire!
1. You describe yourself as a "radio dork." How did you become interested in radio?
Growing up listening to the big radio jocks in town, and helping my pops repair his Wurlitzer jukeboxes!
2. Tell us about what led to you becoming PD of 103.7 Rock?
I was promoted from within the company, and I'm so excited to program the music, much of which, I went to High School listening to!
3. What sort of things makes 103.7 Rock an Alternative station?
Being all about the music is key for this format. Being the only game in town for Alternative, having a strong dedication to the rock fans looking for tunes from the '90s through today is our main goal. There's so much great new rock coming out.
4. What do you love most about working for Berkshire Broadcasting?
Being a locally owned and operated company comes with so many advantages. I would have to say that being able to make music decisions in-house is great!
5. How would you describe yourself as a programmer?
I tend to be more conservative when it comes to a lot of things ....The hits are the hits!
6. What is your favorite part of your job?
I like being out and meeting listeners! Seeing that real life connection to your product is the best feeling in the world!
7. Describe your typical weekday juggling multiple stations?
Time management is the key here ... Between music logs, production and air shifts...
8. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without _________?
Eating enough! Everyone jokes how my office is right next to the kitchen...aka "my other office"....Things turn out for a reason!
9. Who did you grow up listening to and share with us some of your mentors?
Let's see, for the rock scene Carol Miller has always been a favorite of mine ... I also do PM-drive on our Hot AC station so I'd say Scott Shannon and Race Taylor are my biggest influences in that department.
10. What would surprise people most about you?
I'm a neat freak!
What are your hobbies?
Other than radio - I'm a student private pilot
First record ever purchased?
The Wallflowers, Bringing Down the Horse
Favorite band of all-time?
This varies... Always loved Nirvana and eventually the Foo Fighters. Love the Beatles, and I got a little country in me too! Big Toby Keith fan!