10 Questions with ... Blake Powers
July 17, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Denver -- KONN/107.1-ONE-FM, KIMN/MIX100, KDJM/Jammin'92-5
- Kansas City -- WDAF/106-5THE WOLF
- Pittsburgh -- WZPT/ThePOINT100.7
- West Palm Beach -- 97-9/WRMF
- Cincinnati -- WMOJ/MOJO94-9
- Chicago: fill-in -- 92KISSFM
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Occasionally wear clown shoes to a grocery store, which generally increases my chances of receiving extremely quick service ... to get me out! Or focusing on the positive, networking with former colleagues and friends n-d-biz, meeting new people, following up every submission, staying connected with those who believe in me, and helping others towards their next challenge. You get what you give.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
- Creating new concepts for my future show
- Designing advertiser-friendly web content
- Walking/running (six) miles a day
- Helping others with their job search
- Learning how to better use my vacuum cleaner and it's alien-like attachments
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
100% yes! God blessed me with the ability to inform, entertain, evoke emotions, and connect with people via various platforms. Radio is an important part of my DNA, and I'm anxious for my next opportunity to play!
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Cruise-line Conga Dance Instructor! Nah! I'd be happier with a Hot AC, Rhythmic AC, Urban AC, Modern AC, AC, Classic Hits or Country ... PM drive, middays or morning-team member gig, with possible APD stripes. I prefer the latter, which is less likely to include the necessity of wearing fruit in my hair.
5) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
Recently? "Where would you like to be in (five) years?" Really!? That question was appropriate 10 years ago when our economy, job prospects and being with a station for (five) years ... was more likely. I hope in (five) years ... I'm at a beach for some sand, surf, sun and fun. One week later, back to play at my radio gig.
6) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
- Experience in Top 40, Hot AC, Modern AC, Urban AC, Classic Hits and Country formats
- A "Theatre of The Mind" presentation
- Show prep master!
- Continuous social networking integration
- Writing, voicing and producing award winning commercials
- Versatile v/o (dialects, characters, etc.)
- Conceptualizing, creating, and hosting web advertiser friendly blogs
- Accompanying sales to perspective client meetings and helping close deals
- Designing endorsement proposals
- Super-serving clients
- Exceptional public appearance skills
- Promotions contributor
- Reaching the community through special events and multiple charities
7) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Yes, including other markets. Especially those I'm interested in working in. That ... is homework I love :-)
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Consistently achieving great ratings. At my previous station, I took mornings ... solo ... from 12th P25-54 to 6th ... in only 4 months ... with zero marketing ... against (two) direct competitors with 10-25-year morning shows. While with CBS Radio/Denver, I was Top-5 P25-54 for five years and earned nine Colorado Broadcasting Association Awards.
9) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
a. The unpredictable daily fun of connecting with listeners
b. Two-day-old pizza in the break area that can sub as a paperweight.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
Playing and winning with a great team, hosting my own syndicated weekend program, writing and hosting a syndicated movie review, and expanding my international voice-over work.
Seen any great movies recently?
"The Avengers," "The Hunger Games," and more than space here allows. Make me some popcorn, and I'll give you a longer list. Remember, no one wants to smell yo-nazty-azz-feet next to their head. Thank you for using common sense. If you don't have any, borrow some.