10 Questions with ... Summer McQueen
August 26, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started my radio journey as an intern at WSOC in Charlotte, which led me to be a sidekick for "The Tanner in the Morning" show for the next three-and-a-half years. From there I co-hosted mornings at WUBB/Savannah. I took a leap to another format and worked Hot AC at WAFY/Frederick, MD. My gypsy soul missed the South, so I migrated down to WCKN in Charleston, SC.
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I spend a lot of time at the gym! Plus I'm learning how to farm cattle.
2) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Seven months! It seemed more like seven7 years.
3) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I've worked mornings my whole career and I'd love to stick with that, but I'd love to add MD to my resume.
4) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, el-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
Not phenomenal. I can't imagine the overload of e-mails that PDs get when it comes to job openings, but it's always nice to receive an e-mail saying that they've already completed their search. Those e-mails are few and far between.
5) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
They asked me what my alcoholic beverage of choice was. I fit a Southern stereotype when I reply "Budweiser."
6) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
I just drove cross country from Seattle to North Carolina on a road trip with my best friend. It's an understatement that I spent a lot of time listening to the radio.
7) 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?
I moved back to North Carolina after I lost my gig in Charleston. It's very humbling to move back home with your parents at the age of 27. I love being back with family and to get to do a little traveling to see friends. With that said, you can only enjoy so much down time before you get stir crazy!
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
My last morning show went to Nashville for the CMAs. We interviewed 63 artists in three days. Interviewing Kenny Rogers was the biggest thrill of my career.
9) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
You never take the little things for granted. Every day is a gift!
10) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Trying to get into this business at this point is HARD. Give it your all or nothing. If you look at it as a job, don't even attempt it. You love it or you don't.
Uh oh ... now you're on your own for getting new music. If applicable, name your three most recent purchases since leaving the biz.
American Young (EP), Ed Sheeran (X), Miranda Lambert (Platinum).