10 Questions with ... John McIntire
March 26, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
TV News reporting and anchoring in several cities, transition to TV and radio Talk in Pittsburgh. I'm also doing stand-up comedy and some acting.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Stand-up comedy. It keeps me focused, I stay topical, I stay sharp. I also walk hills every day and read voraciously.
2) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
A radio talk show. I realize A.I.R. Awards aren't exactly the Nobel Prize, but in my first two full years or radio Talk, I won Best Talk Host both years, at two different stations, before my second Talk station flipped formats to music. I must have been doing something right.
3) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, eimails, rejection letters, etc.)
No response is the new response. I got a very complimentary nice rejection e-mail from a Clear Channel guy in San Francisco. I can't recall any response in the great majority of cases.
4) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Yes, because I want to know what people are up to. I also listen to more public radio than I used to.
5) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
People who were miraculously more or less unaffected by the Great Recession have no idea how lucky they are.
6) Is there anything specific that you regret doing while you were still working?
Not putting more aside for a rainy day.
7) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
I will have a greater appreciation for being able to obtain and maintain a very interesting and rewarding gig.
8) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
A little humor, my dear Zilkov, always with a little humor. (Manchurian Candidate).
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Making the transition from news reporting to News/Talk, and succeeding at it.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
In front of a microphone yapping.
Care to contribute a low-cost recipe to our "ON THE BEACH" cookbook?
Reagan was right. Ketchup is a vegetable.