10 Questions with ... Jerrad Anderson
July 3, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I've spent the last two years as the Associate Producer for X1075 Las Vegas' morning show and doing weekend air shifts. Prior to living in Sin City, I became the youngest Sports Director at KTAK/KVOW Riverton, Wyoming and the youngest winner of the 'Best Sports Coverage' award from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. While in Wyoming I did a daily Country music and Talk shift as well. Now I'm looking for my next adventure!
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
It's easy to stay positive when perusing a career in something you're so passionate about. Although times have been tough, you can't slow down or get depressed. Put just as many hours applying and seeking out employment as you would in an ordinary day at work. Make applying your temporary career until something works out.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I still can't get enough radio. I find time to catch a lot of programs that I wouldn't ordinarily get to listen to. Doing mornings the last two years prevented me from listening to a lot of shows that I'm a big fan of, so I've been catching up. Being an avid sports fan, the NHL/NBA playoffs and regular season MLB has been a nice distraction from the daily job seeking grind.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Absolutely. Anyone who's ever been bitten by the "radio bug" knows there is no turning back once you start. People listen to radio to escape "real" jobs. Why would you ever want to leave?
4) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
This is the toughest part, but the only answer is persistence. If you really want to work at a particular station, bug everyone until they get so sick of you they give you something to do. Be prepared to work from the ground up. Don't be too proud to sweep the floor, go on coffee runs, wash windows etc.
5) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
All Access by far. I don't know what I would do without this website ... it is the radio bible!
6) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I just want to be a part of a hard working team. The format and position aren't as important to me as working in a positive environment. I want to work at a place where everyone is working together toward being number one.
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
There are so many talented people out of a job right now. The talent pool is definitely larger than the job pool. To separate yourself, you have to be the hardest worker. You have to put in ridiculous hours, do the jobs that nobody else wants to do, and do everything with a great attitude. Be the first in the door and the last to leave.
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
I have the radio on constantly. I stream different shows from all different markets all day, every day.
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
The biggest accomplishment is getting compliments from listeners. No award or bonus can match hearing "You have a great show" or "You make my day better." During sports play by play when someone says "You made it feel like I was at the game," that's the best!
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
The format, salary, market size, and position don't really matter. I see myself working as part of a team that is number one. I would like the next place I get offered a job to be where I stay for a very long time.
Seen any great movies recently?
My favorite movies over the last year have been 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Moneyball.' More recently, 'We Bought A Zoo,' and 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' were great!