10 Questions with ... Paul Kriegler
September 10, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I spent SEVEN awesome years here handling programming and operations for KTSO and KMYZ, Shamrock Communications in Tulsa, OK before recently being sold off to Stephens Media Group. I've programmed Alternative, Active Rock, Classic Rock, Hot AC, Variety Hits, and even Classic Country. OM or PD for CCM+E in Atlanta, Midwest Family in Springfield, MO, KEDJ in Phoenix, The Zone in Kansas City, and even GM for a small radio group in Illinois.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
New routines and a healthy dose of sun and exercise. I miss our people since ending up OTB, so I check in regularly with the others who were displaced. Our former GM Chuck Browning will always be a great source of inspiration.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Reading "Waiting For Your Cat To Bark"... which I would recommend to any marketing savvy PD, Sales Manager or AE. Besides exercise, there are lots of things around the house getting fixed. If it ends up being sold, it will be in the best shape ever.
3) Some people get discouraged or enlightened with the business when they actually step out of it for a while. Tell us your observations from the outside.
I remember one GM had a sign on her desk and it read: "If change is good, radio is heaven." While it's been 13 years since I've had to look for a job without having one, it is admittedly more daunting than it has ever been. I'm doing my best to remain positive.
4) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes. My goal is to get back to what I do best: working with talent, and making a positive difference as a PD or Ops Mgr.
5) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Six months, in 1999.
6) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
Networking and, of course, Allaccess.com.
7) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
As a manager or PD, nothing comes to mind, but a good friend of mine once sent a large dead cow skull to a PD in a major market. The demo cassette and resume were stuck inside the skull, with a handwritten note taped to the forehead which said:
Please enjoy your new dead cow skull.
The box must have weighed 25 pounds and just happened to be sitting on the PD's desk the morning said PD happened to end up getting dismissed. I guess the moral here is don't send a dead cow skull!
8) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Returning as a PD or OM is the goal. I'm open to a variety of formats. Helping talent, and a group reach its highest potential, is my goal.
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Once upon a time, I would have said landing a job in a major market like Atlanta. While it was a great experience working alongside some of the most truly talented pros, I must say the most satisfying experience has been returning to Tulsa for a second tour with KMYZ and KTSO. Our entire staff took the market by surprise and led them back to profitability.
10) What do you miss most about radio? The least?
I miss the people, our people. I don't miss the uncertainty of the two months prior to Shamrock selling our two stations, but overall, as a team ... (management, sales, programming) ... we left on the absolute highest note possible.
Any books you can recommend to people who need something inspirational to read?
It may be a little cliché: The Secret.