10 Questions with ... Scott Lowe
July 5, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
At age 14, I started hanging out and doing shows at the campus stations of Trenton State College and Princeton University. Just before high school graduation, I scored weekends at WPST/Trenton, eventually moving to late-nights, plus co-creating and co-hosting "PostModern PST" with Mel Toxic. Next was '70s Classic Hits WBUX (near Philly) where I was APD/middays while also working part-time at B104/Allentown and WXPN/Philadelphia. Production and on-air gigs followed at WPLY and WYSP Philly. I moved to L.A. and did weekends at KCXX/Riverside before Perry Michael Simon hired me part-time at Modern Rock Y107/Los Angeles, where I was eventually named Creative Services Dir. I took a similar position with Clear Channel Interactive Group (WorldClassRock.com, KNAC.com and GrooveRadio.com) while doing weekends at Alternative KFSD/San Diego "Premium 92/1." Then back east for nights and imaging at B104/Allentown, followed by nights at Alternative WHTG/Asbury Park, NJ. Also, the guys in Ween are good friends from high school and I play and sing on a couple of their albums released on Elektra.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Generally, I have a positive outlook on life and remain excited about what the future may bring. We've all heard the saying; "When one door closes another door opens." I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I've been attending more concerts. It's nice to have time to hear live music! I'm also taking full advantage of my free time to be with family and friends, including holidays and weekends.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Radio continues to be my main thing, but I would be equally interested in working for a record label or other music industry-related jobs. There's also my dream job of being a music supervisor for TV/Film.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Right now, this is the longest stretch that I've been completely without work. In the past, you could at least count on getting some weekend/fill-in radio work, but even those jobs have become quite scarce in the age of voicetracking.
5) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
All Access is the first place I go to each day and Indeed.com is another excellent resource for finding openings in the music industry.
6) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, emails, rejection letters, etc.)
I have found the courtesy level to be poor. Rarely, do I ever receive any acknowledgement of my package.
7) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Yes, there's always a radio on in the house. I listen to everyone: Top 40, various Rock formats, Oldies, Talk and College radio.
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I'm proud of the ratings that I scored while doing nights at B104/Allentown -- at least six consecutive books with double-digit shares ranking me #1 P12+, #1 P18-34, and #1 in nearly every female demo. On a more personal level, while living in L.A., I was brought on stage by my friends in Ween and sang in front of 6,000+ fans at the Universal Amphitheatre. What a rush!
9) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
What I miss the most is playing a part in breaking an artist or hit song. There is a lot of awesome new music right now and I wish I had an outlet to share my enthusiasm and support for it, and also possibly helping to break a track that everyone else is missing.
10) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
I always give encouragement to anyone who is interested in doing radio. I've mentored a lot of talents over the years. Some of them are currently working in major markets. For someone just starting out with zero experience, I tell them to find a college or community station where they can volunteer for hands-on training and actually get on the air.
My favorite new diversion is ...
A Jack Russell Terrier named Rocco.