10 Questions with ... A-Webb
April 5, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started out as an intern in the promotions department. Then I interned on our sister station's morning show. I got my first paying gig on Surf 98.3 on weekends. From there I moved to nights and then eventually to afternoon-drive. When Surf 98.3 was sold I was hired on to do afternoons on Modern Rock 98.7.
1. How did you become interested in radio?
When I was a student at UNC Wilmington I was the Comedy Chair for the Association for Campus Entertainment. I was booking comedians and wanted to buy some spots on the radio stations here in town. When I came to the studios and walked around I was hooked.
2. What stands out the most from when you first joined then-Surf 98.3?
We had so many wild promotions -- from Bus Trips to making listeners dig in sand at the beach for prizes. Everybody was always so pumped to be out doing stuff. It hardly seemed like work.
3. How has the station changed since relaunching on the 98.7 frequency?
It actually didn't relaunch. Everything about "Surf" was bought...even our bits. Things were sold that I came up with while I was sitting at home eating breakfast. Three out of the four jocks that were on Surf are now on Modern Rock 98.7 so the listeners are just as confused about that....
4. How has your job changed since the change was made at the end of last year?
As for being on the mic, we have to think bigger now because we city grade Wilmington and Jacksonville signal. It's weird doing traffic reports for roads that are one-to-two hours away from were you are. Also my specialty show changed from The Final Hour to the Super Fresh New Music Show.
5. How would you describe your afternoon show?
A little bit of nonsense and whole lot of good music. I play a lot of random original games I made up and have a need to know Sports feature called View From The Cheap Seats where the PD of our sports sister station comes in to give the listeners the low down of offbeat sports stories and local stuff.
6. What may surprise people about Coastal Carolina's Modern Rock 98.7?
The station is less edgy and more family friendly. It's a weird concept when you consider what principles rock was founded on and what the songs are actually about. I'm not sure "a family friendly rock station" has ever been in the same sentence together but it seems to be working. People are digging it.
7. What part of your job do you like best? Least?
The best part of my job is getting to listen to so much new music and interacting with listeners. The part I like the least is having sales people/management schedule me to be places without actually asking me if I'm available.
8. What do you like best about living in North Carolina?
It's beautiful. The climate is great and in one day you can wake up on a sandy beach and drive to the mountains in time to night ski without even leaving the state.
9. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without ____________?
10. What would surprise people most about you?
I love fine whiskey.
What are your hobbies?
Crossfit, Tennis, PS3, DIY projects, and travelling.
Last non-industry job?
I do graphic design freelance on the side now but the last job before I got into radio was working in the leasing office of my apartment complex during the summer. I think I took almost every single free "Domino's Welcome To The Neighborhood" free pizzas from the welcome packs...
First record ever purchased?
Presidents Of The United States Of America - Presidents Of The United States Of America. It was a tape at Wal-Mart.
Carmen. My dad took the whole family. I was like 8 years old.
Favorite band of all-time?