10 Questions with ... Kathy Vogel
May 5, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Let's just say I've worked at a lot of places, and all of them in Northeast Ohio. It's a rarity when you've been fortunate enough to work in the area your entire career. I've done mornings at WONE/Akron, OH; WDJQ/Alliance, OH; and now WHBC (Mix 94.1) in Canton. I've also had the pleasure of working at (Rock 107)/Canton and WDOK (Q104) /Cleveland.
1) What Got You Interested In Radio?
I've always loved music and news which is a weird combo. But I got into radio because my dad thought I should have a 'practical career' since my career choice of Theater Arts made him nervous. HA HA HA HA! Little did we know how this industry would twist and turn! There are days I wish I had stuck with the original plan to be a pediatrician. A small part of me wishes my parents would've been total d*cks and forced me to be a doctor. LOL!
2) What is it about the Deluca & Kathy morning show that really makes it cut through?
We are real. We're not the 'pretend to be real' that some other shows put on! I have nothing to hide, I'm a human being and I like to have fun. We share our experiences and have no problem doing it because 99% of everyone has experienced the same things we are talking about.
3) How are you using social media to market your radio station and your morning show?
We're always blowing up the Twitter and FB pages to generate conversation and interaction whenever and however possible!
4) How do you stay in tune with your audience?
By engaging them, and encouraging them to reach out to us anytime, when we're out on location, or when we're just out hangin' in general.
5) How would you describe the music and imaging on your station?
6) What do you view as the most important issue facing radio today?
Playing it safe! (Yawn). We could take a page from the variety that satellite, Pandora, and similar services offer. There are so many artists that would be great on terrestrial radio that don't get the chance because of narrow-mindedness, lack of marketing money, cookie-cutter programming, etc. Let's be honest, some 'hits' are pure crap!
7) What do you like best about working in this format?
Hot AC gives you the opportunity to hear the best of multiple genres of music. I like Rockin' out, and I like shakin' my booty and singin' in my car. You can do all of that with Mix!
8) How do you feel terrestrial radio competes with the satellite radio, Pandora and the Internet these days?
We're warm and fuzzy. We can interact with you and tell you what's going on, and you can call us. It's like a nice hug. Satellite, Pandora and the Internet are not warm and fuzzy. But, you can craft any 'station' want.
9) What advice would you give people new to the business?
You'd better be damned sure you really, really love what you're doing in this business. If you need to be praised and patted on the back and fawned over, then forget it! Be your own biggest critic and cheerleader and keep moving forward.
10) What is the one truth that has held constant in your career?
Stand up for yourself, because nobody else will.
What are your hobbies?
Scriptwriting and filmmaking.
What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
My second toe is longer than my big toe. I am like a bird...
Tell us what music we would find on your MP3 player or phone right now?
Joe Vitale Junior, meditations, Demi Lovato, 80's Pop, Disturbed, Maroon 5, and so much more.
Who is your best friend in the business?
I don't have a BF in the biz. I don't think that's wise. My two closest friends I connected with via radio. One I worked with, the other I met at a station event. But "Besties" are saved for outside of work. I've lived and learned...
What was the biggest gaffe you've made on air? (dead air ... forget a mic was still on ... etc.)
Fortunately, knock on wood, this hasn't happened... yet. But the dump button is very close by just in case. I do occasionally get a case of the giggles. My maturity level is that of a 13 year old at times. Okay, most of the time.
Do you have any good stalker stories? Misty requests? "Fatal Attractions?"
You mean the letters from prisoners, or dudes that want pictures of my feet? No. Never.
What has been your station's biggest accomplishment?
Mix 94.1 is still producing, performing, and staying relevant through many changes throughout the past seven years.