10 Questions with ... Deuce
January 6, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
iHeartMedia/Indianapolis, 2003-Oct 7, 2014
WOLT (Alternative), WRZX (Rock) - 2-7pm On-Air, WFBQ (Classic Rock) - APD/MD
Cumulus Media/Harrisburg, PA, 2002 -2003
Club la vela MTV Beach House
Panama/Orlando, FL, 1998-2001
Promotions & Entertainment .
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Continuously remind myself that I have the experience and skills that companies desire and need. I've worked hard to build the resume I have, and I feel confident things will work out and my next destination will be where I'm suppose to be at.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I'm spending some much needed time with family and friends. I got to see my nephew play football, which put things into perspective.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes. I believe in radio and the product that we all collectively put out. My passion for radio is as strong as it was the first day of my internship 15 years ago.
4) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
The current one I am on. It has been eight weeks. Ha ha, I know that isn't a long time compared to many other talented individuals out there on the beach. I have been blessed and a little lucky... I've worked continuously for the last 15 years.
5) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
I am still a big believer in internships. When I first began in Orlando, I re-enrolled in school just to get an internship. I worked three different internships before getting my first radio job, including moving to Philly where I knew no one for a non-paying internship. I wanted to be in radio that bad. In the end it all worked out. Internships are great way to get your foot in the door and get a glimpse of radio so you can decide if it's what you want to pursue.
6) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I had a PD I was interviewing with and he kept making references to the Karate Kid. So I bought a Ralph Macchio glossy pic, signed it, "I want you to be my wax on, wax off Mr. Miyagi." Later I realized it sounded kind of kinky ha ha. But it worked, GOT THE JOB!
7) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I'm hoping for PD/APD with on-air duties
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Yes. I will always listen to radio. I definitely listen differently now. I like hearing new music, but also listen for unique imaging, programming styles and on-air personalities. I'm always trying to learn. The moment you think you know it all, and you have reached your full potential, you're already done.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Make sure it's really what you want to do. Make sure you have passion for radio and all that radio is because it's not an easy profession. It's not just hanging with stars, going to concerts and partying. It definitely has its benefits. I wouldn't do anything else. I love radio, being on-air, production, programming and helping others grow. The individuals who I see make it career are the ones who have a genuine love for radio.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Five years - PD in a large market.
Ten years - OM in a large market.
What's your handicap now that you've had time to practice?
Talking bowling right? My bowling handicap is 9. Please don't ask me how I know that!