10 Questions with ... Jack Spade
April 17, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started out in Wilmington, NC at Q92, where I worked my way up to night jock. After an ownership change, format flip and station move, I became APD/afternoons of The Beat of Carolina in Greenville/New Bern/Jacksonville, NC and became PD in 2001. In 2007, I took the PD job at WHTS/Grand Rapids MI. In 2011, I headed down south to WABB/Mobile for PD duties.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I have faith that my situation is only temporary. You have to fight for what you want .. and I'm still plugging away
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Getting back to what I did a long time ago ... trying to exercise more, reading, etc.
Still do imaging every Saturday to stay fresh, and I've been digging deeper into Photoshop and Dreamweaver. I hate to sit still, so I have to be active. I've even started to cook more, and I'm actually getting pretty good at it.
3) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Right now ... four months
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Being a PD, but if a company sees that I'm a better fit in a different role, then I'm down for it.
6) 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?
Definitely. Instead of coming home and jumping on the next day's music, I'm doing homework with the kids, cooking dinner and more.
7) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
The "family" of a radio station. The good, bad and the ugly ... wouldn't trade it for the world.
8) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Know all aspects of radio ... Sales, Traffic, Digital, On-Air, Promotions, etc. The more you know the more valuable you'll be.
9) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
Appreciate it all. You'll never know if you'll get a second chance
10) Care to contribute a low-cost recipe to our "ON THE BEACH" cookbook?
Pancake Casserole: Pancake batter, sausage, bacon, eggs and bananas, all in a casserole dish. Bake for 25 minutes at 400. Slop it up with syrup and IT'S ON!