10 Questions with ... Jeff "Pants" Pantridge
March 24, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Thirteen-year Sports and Talk veteran. I produced The Todd Schnitt Show for 10 years, then went on to host and produce on Sports Radio 98.7 The Fan in Tampa for the last three.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I never stop promoting my brand. The show never stops, whether you are on the air or not. Social media has given us all the ability to continue to have a voice and to entertain people.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Using social media, staying on top of current events, and using other means to be creative, including writing.
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's even tougher than I thought. This is my first time on the beach and the opportunities seem to be fewer and further between. I haven't been discouraged one bit though. As long as you believe in yourself, you will find what you seek.
4) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
No question. The trials and tribulations don't even compare to the rewards. There is no better feeling on earth than being on the radio.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Sports Talk host in a mid-size market.
6) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
By showing my comedic side and my individuality. You have to offer someone something that they have never had.
7) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
More. Way more.
8) What do you miss most about music/radio?
Most: The feeling you get after doing a great show. Least: Nothing.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Be honest with yourself. If you can't be honest with yourself, have someone that you trust be honest for you. Not everyone is good enough to make it in this business. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Hosting a successful Sports Talk show in a Top-20 Market. Ten years? Writing for a late-night comedy show.
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