10 Questions with ... Dana Marshall
January 28, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I've been lucky enough to work 15 years in radio from Cincinnati and Indianapolis to Fort Myers, FL. I've held the positions PD, MD, Imaging Director and more. For the last seven years I've worked at VP of an indie record label. My main focus has been social media and radio promotions.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
As a teen, I helped my father do construction work. Whenever I think I'm stressed out or need motivation, I remember I chose this path for a reason. And I don't wake up with a sore back every day. :)
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I'm currently working as VP of an indie record label. But times have been tough. My company is THOUSANDS of dollars behind on paying me. But I keep working hard and planning my return to radio.
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.
It has been eye-opening to actually look at radio as a listener, not a programmer. I'm blown away by how many people are taking the easy way out and doing very poor radio. It's up to us to bring the value of radio back.
4) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Radio is what I do best. I've had a nice break, but it's in my blood.
5) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
First open the door. Then take a step toward the opening.
6) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I sent a 12-foot inflatable alligator with my resume attached to Gator Country in Fort Myers, FL.
7) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
If radio is baseball, what position would afternoons/Production Director be?
8) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
The social media experience I've obtained through my record label job far exceeds most.
9) What do you miss most about music/radio?
I miss my radio family. There is nothing like a building full of radio people!
10) If you were offered a similar position to what you were doing for considerably less money, would you seriously consider taking the job just to stay in the biz?
I'm currently willing to take a $15,000 annual pay cut to get back into radio. So, yes!
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