10 Questions with ... Brian Davis
August 30, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- 1996-1998: KXMX/Cedar Rapids, IA (MD/late nights)
- 1998-2003: KATF/Dubuque, IA (APD/MD/afternoons)
- 2003-2004: WVRE/Dubuque, IA (PD/MD/afternoons)
- 2004-2011: WKSZ & WECB-WCHK/Appleton-Green Bay, WI (APD/MD)
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Getting some work done on my house. Anyone wanna help paint?
2) Do you plan on sticking with the music/radio industry?
Yep ... too late to turn back now. (Thank you, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose.)
3) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
This is it. In fact, it's the longest period I haven't had a job since I was 16.
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Professional Radio Ass-Kicker. But since that title doesn't exist, either a PD gig in a small/mid-market or an APD/MD job in a larger market.
5) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
I don't want to sound Pollyanna about it, but unless I'm in the running, I don't expect to hear from places. When I do get a response - positive or negative - it's a nice surprise.
6) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
"If you were ever shot out of a cannon into a pile of vegetables, what vegetable would you like to be shot into?" It was so bizarre that I started using it in artist interviews.
The answer, incidentally, is broccoli.
7) Are you able to slow down and enjoy free time doing things with your family and friends that you probably did not have time to do while you were working?
I've definitely been spending more time with my wife than I had been, and that's been great. It's about the only thing that's made unemployment bearable.
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I can't choose, so here are two: 1) Launching WVRE from a blank spot on the dial to #2 18-34 in the first book. 2) We took WKSZ from an underperforming Hot AC to a Top 40 that has challenged (and often beat in target) a 30-year heritage competitor and bills like crazy.
9) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
Most: the people. No job is perfect, but the people I worked with made every day a blast, and I miss them. Also, the soda machine was only 40 cents.
Least: I may have just left the only radio station in America that requires you to punch a time clock. I don't miss that.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
Five: PD/OM for multiple stations. Ten: In an OM-type situation for multiple markets.
Any books you can recommend to people who need something inspirational to read?
"Everybody Poops." Because, you know, everybody does, in fact, poop.