10 Questions with ... Jason Burley "Savage"
May 8, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Eventually moved up and down the dial in PA (Altoona, State College, St. Marys) and then ended up as PD/MD/mornings for Cumulus in Albany, GA. Laid off in 2007 (budget cuts) and have owned and operated my own business since. Trying desperately to get back into radio and hopefully back to my home state of PA.
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
My wife and I have owned and operated a pet care business since my layoff.
2) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
I want back in, but boy, it's tough once you are on the outside -- especially in today's climate.
3) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
This is it, although I really didn't start trying to get back into radio until mid-2010.
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
Networking with those still in the business and AllAccess.com, of course.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
At some point I would like to be an OM again (I was briefly in 2001), but right now I just want to get back on the air.
6) Are you finding salaries/benefits lower than you ever thought, about the same, or have you seen some pleasant surprises?
A bit lower, but in this economy it's understandable.
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I am a jack-of-all-trades, DJ/PD/MD/OM/station mascot ... whatever you need.
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Not as much music radio, but I do find myself listening to News/Talk and Sports/Talk quite a bit.
9) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
Being on the air and entertaining the listeners. Overbearing GM's who micro-manage.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
5 - Back in PA and back on the air.
10 - Still in PA but in an upper management position, still on the air.
Care to contribute a low-cost recipe to our "ON THE BEACH" cookbook?
Fry some large onion and green pepper slices in the skillet with some veg oil and soy sauce. Take a pack of oriental flavor Ramen noodles, follow directions on the pack.
After noodles are done drain almost all of the water and then add the noodles, the remaining water, and the spice packet into the skillet. Fry them up until the water is gone and you have made yourself Chinese noodles with veggies.