10 Questions with ... Kris Fisher
December 9, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Weekends on WRXR/Augusta, GA in 1999
- Nights on WLHR/Panama City Beach from 2000-2002
- Nights/MD on WYOY/Jackson, MS from 2002-2003
- Nights/MD on WBRW/Blacksburg, VA from 2003-2004
- Weekends on WCHZ/Augusta, GA from 2004-2005
- PM Drive/APD/MD on KKPN/Corpus Christi from 2005-2006
- PM Drive/APD on WHHD/Augusta, GA from 2006-2013
- Mornings on WPFM/Panama City Beach from 10/14/13-11/14/13
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I do all kinds of cheesy stuff. The most recent thing is I've started writing three things that make me truly happy on our kitchen whiteboard as soon as I wake up. It kicks my day off with a happy, positive thought. My kids are even doing it. It works really well.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
The unemployed radio DJ status quo: I'm a mobile DJ! I'm also writing a column in our local weekly paper, spending lots of time with my kids and I'm finishing my degree.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
With the current amount of available jobs, when you're out you can only HOPE to stick to radio. And yes, I hope to stick to radio.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
This would have to be it- exactly a year on Nov. 14.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I would love to get another shot at a morning gig! I was booted in Panama City just as I was getting comfortable.
6) 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?
Yes! I get to be more involved in my kids' lives. Its amazing what you miss being at a radio station from 10a-7p.
7) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I can't decide on one, so I'll pick two.
- Becoming a marquee name in my hometown. Growing up, listening to and idolizing the voices on the radio as a kid, I never imagined kids would be doing the same to my voice in my own home town.
- Getting that morning gig. It was the realization of a 14-year dream. Waking up and getting listeners' day started was really just an overwhelmingly great feeling- exactly what I had hoped it would be.
8) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
I miss the daily writing and performing of a show. There's just nothing like putting together material and hearing that listeners love it. And free T-shirts. The least? Production!
9) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
I have learned that no matter what, life keeps going. My decade-and-a-half career was very stable before taking a chance on a new gig. When it was gone, I didn't know who I was for a second. It would have been easy to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but I was determined not to let that happen. Life is an adventure and you can't enjoy the ups without experiencing a few downs.
10) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
For one thing, I have 12 months of ideas and material to burn through! I will also focus more on one thing. I had gotten to a point where I had spread myself too thin and I was getting burnt out. Life's too short to try to be everything for everybody. Ya gotta take time to stop and smell the stale remote pizza!
Your favorite new diversion is...
Trivia. I scored 2 trivia hosting gigs each week. And, while it's not a radio show, I still get to write questions and talk into a microphone. Hey, ya get your kicks where ya can, right?