10 Questions with ... Bobby Fester
October 23, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
a.k.a. Bobby Farrell, a.k.a. Bobby "Banana" Hammock
Have worked with the best at Sirius Satellite Radio, WKTU/New York City, WBLI/Long Island, 103.9 WFAS/Westchester, WKCI/New Haven, CT and currently doing weekends at WALK/Long Island.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Sleep, so I don't have to think ... LOL ... No seriously, just keep it real ... Keep doing good by people and hope that one day with all the positive energy you put out it comes back and pays you off in the end.
2) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Of course ... once you get bitten by the bug there is no turning back. As much as you say ahhhh, I am done, you keep going back for more.
3) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
Just keep plugging ... don't stop!
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
I have to say besides All Access (cheap plug), I would have to say my friends in the business keeping me posted on things that they are hearing.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Whatever it is I just want to be happy ... crackin' the mic and making people want more.
6) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
Mets or Yankees ... Jeremy Rice, one of the first questions he asked me...
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I've learned and listened from the best. Actually, one person who I will always look up to is Kid Kelly. He taught me so much in my six years at SiriusXM. He taught me how to be the best I could be and settle for nothing less. With that said, all the tips and tricks I have learned from Kid, I plan on utilizing them at my next adventure.
I have had some GREAT bosses along the way besides Kid, such as Jeremy Rice, who was another great influence on me who would never stop drilling in my head that I was worthy of only the best.
And Patrick Shea and Tommy Conway, my current bosses at WALK, where I spend my weekends. These are two AMAZING guys who drill TEAMWORK into my head.
If I take a piece of everyone mentioned above and put something that each one of them has taught me, I make up a damn good person with LOTS of stuff to bring to the table.
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
WOW ... so many ... hosting shows in front of 16,000 people, broadcasting live from the 2003 Grammy Awards ... and probably the most moving was broadcasting live on the First Anniversary of 9-11 for a number of radio stations across the country from Ground Zero.
9) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
Just keep a humble attitude, listen and learn, and most of all, JUST HAVE FUN !!!
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
I'm not answering these questions, I can tell you that...LOL...I just want to be happy in anything that I am doing. My dream is to be entertaining the masses and doing the thing that makes me happiest.
Care to contribute a low-cost recipe to our "ON THE BEACH" cookbook?
I DON'T cook at all, so I would have to say the best recipe is the #4 Value Meal at Burger King.