10 Questions with ... Hunter Quinn
February 26, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- April 2010-October 2012 - PD/MD/afternoons, WZEE/Madison, WI
- October 2007-April 2010 - PD/MD/afternoons, WKSI/Winchester, VA
- June 2005-October 2007 - APD/afternoons, WHOT/Youngstown, OH
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
There are so many friends and colleagues who are keeping in touch with me about music, job openings and life in general. My wife and my daughter are keeping me positive and passionate about finding a great place for us to go.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
A great silver lining to being on the beach is being able to spend time with my 18-month-old daughter Lyla.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
I'm incredibly passionate about the industry. I've been actively searching for another great opportunity within radio, but I've opened myself up to the possibility of exploring my other passions as well.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Four-and-a-half months and counting.
5) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
It varies drastically. Clearly, when you're on the beach, your timeline isn't the same as those who are hiring. Most have been very cordial, but some completely lack any professional courtesy. It's all part of how busy people are and what their priorities are.
6) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
My skill set is stronger and more diverse than most. Having had experience in running every aspect of programming a station, plus my ability to assist and partner with a sales team. I pride myself in the research and analysis that I do when programming a station. I employ the same strategy when going after a job.
7) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
I've actually listened to more radio than ever. If I'm not researching a station that has an opening, Lyla and I stream different stations, listening to friends and stations I admire. Plus she loves dancing to the music!
8) 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?
We've been able to explore Madison quite a bit and travel to see family, including my brand new nephew!
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Repairing a great radio station. Returning Z-104 to the #1 station in Madison. Succeeding in ratings, revenue, social media goals and public profile.
10) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
There are a lot of great people in radio and in records. So many colleagues, co-workers, reps and executives have been so willing to reach out and help however possible. You know you've made an impact when you can call so many people you've worked with friends.
My favorite new diversion is ...
Dave Ramsey. I've subscribed to his podcasts and I always listen to him while shoveling the snow, which means I'm out of podcasts now.