10 Questions with ... Angie Handa
February 18, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- KBBY/Ventura-Oxnard, CA - PD/Afternoons - 2012 To Present
- KALZ/Fresno, CA - 2011- 2012
- KYOT/Phoenix, AZ - 2004- 2009
- WNWV/Cleveland, OH - 2009- 2010
- KZPT/Tucson, AZ - 2002- 2004
1) What Got You Interested In Radio?
I grew up listening for my favorite songs on the radio. When I was in college, I was listening to my favorite morning personality, Alex Bennett on KMEL. He said "being a DJ is so easy," and that's when I first thought of being a radio DJ.
2) Who do you consider your radio mentors?
Mike McVay has been my mentor from the first time I worked with him at WSUY in Charleston, SC, and every day since. He taught me the basics in programming and continues to be instrumental in my growth as a PD. I would not have the career in radio that I have if it wasn't for his brilliant knowledge of radio and his willingness to share that with me.
Ken Anthony was my first boss in radio at KSJO, and he gets an honorable mention. Working as Ken's assistant while he was MD solidified my decision that radio was where I needed to be.
3) What is the most important challenge facing the radio and music industries today?
The internet, of course. It has been such a blessing AND a curse!
4) What do you view as the most important issue facing radio today?
Survival. At other companies, I've seen great people lose their jobs. You need the soldiers to win the war!
5) What is the biggest change that you'd like to see happen in the radio business?
Get back to real local people, not national voice trackers made to sound local. Although the national voice trackers are great talents, you lose a lot by not being in touch with the community in every way.
6) What was the biggest gaffe you've made on air?
I once said a swear word on the air. Classic 'thought the mic was off.' Thank God it was a little swear word, and not one of George Carlin's seven.
7) How are you using new technologies in your career and in your personal life?
I do like the iHeart Radio app. I can monitor so many stations right on my phone. Very convenient.
8) What do you do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my dogs, Sassy and Buster. I live 10 minutes away from a wonderful dog-friendly beach in Ventura, and we go every weekend.
9) What are your hobbies?
People laugh when I tell them this, but one of my favorite hobbies is gold-panning. My Dad lives in Sutter Creek, CA, and there are many places to walk the dogs and gold-pan. It's beautiful there, with lots of hills, trees, and creeks.
10) What is the one truth that has held constant in your career?
Trust your heart. I've trusted my heart to choose my friends and make the right decisions. There are so many 'fair weather friends' in the radio and music business. I've trusted my heart to help me differentiate between the two.