10 Questions with ... Jay Micheals
July 2, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- WFAS AM & FM/White Plains, NY - (1977 to 1997)
- WYNY/New York, NY - (1987 to 1993)
- WFAS/White Plains NY - (1993 to Present)
1) What Got You Interested In Radio?
My Father was a radio and TV broadcaster. My inspiration came from him.
2) Who do you consider your radio mentors?
My father Dan Daniel worked at WYNY/New York in the 80's & 90's; the late Bob Fitzsimmons of WNEW-A/New York; Bill St. James of WYNY and WNEW/New York; Dan Ingram WABC Radio, N.Y.
3) What is it about your show that you feel really makes it cut through?
I believe our show works well in the morning because of the energy, pacing, and the natural flow from element to element. In my view, the important ingredient is that both my co-host Lauren Crocker and I feel comfortable working with each other. That translates out on to the airwaves. I feel that if you're clicking off the air, you'll click on the air.
4) What do you view as the most important issue facing radio today?
Keeping In touch with the local market and staying on top of what's going on in the community.
5) What do you like best about working in this format compared to other genres?
The higher energy of the music keeps everyone higher on their toes!
6) How do you stay in tune with your audience?
I try to always answer my phones in the morning. I also like connecting with listeners at live appearances, and of course through Facebook.
7) How do you prep yourself for your radio shift?
We use prep services, local newspaper, a local cable news channel, and our daily observations of life around us.
8) What type of features do you run on your show?
Hourly entertainment updates, daily contesting and audience polling.
9) What is the one truth that has held constant in your career?
You can't prepare enough. Maintain your concentration.
10) What advice would you give people new to the business?
Be yourself. Don't be a fake. And don't try to sound like somebody else. I know speaking fast and with energy is important, but learn to do it with clarity and conviction...annunciate properly and be authentic
Tell us what music we would find on your MP3 player right now and what is it you enjoy about that particular selection?
60's and 70's, Oldies, plus Classic Rock
What are your thoughts on the new season of American Idol?
There was more overall talent this year than previous years.
Of all the skills you have gained through the years, is there an area you'd like to improve?
Yes, I'm striving to get to the point of a thought better, prepare, and work a story for an on-air bit with greater discipline.