10 Questions with ... Albert Cocchi
April 7, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
My career in radio started in 1977 at Seton Hall University's 2,000-watt WSOU and includes radio and TV shows with audiences of 200,000 to one million. Stations include Z100 in New York City, WRAN in Dover, NJ, and WNNJ in Fanklin, NJ. Being on these stations has made me familiar with many different formats, including Top 40, Oldies, Classic Rock, Disco, Alternative Rock and Adult Contemporary. I was also the TV host of Video Spotlight for 14 years on CTN, the statewide cable network in New Jersey. The show featured music videos and interviews with top celebrities.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
The desire and passion for great radio.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I own and operate CyberstormRadio.com.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Full-time afternoon drive.
6) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
Very well received.
7) Are you finding salaries/benefits lower than you ever thought, about the same, or have you seen some pleasant surprises?
About the same.
8) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I know how to entertain by reading the audience, whether it be in person or on-the air via phone call interaction. My great sense of humor and spontaneity creates a highly entertaining listening experience, which makes listeners listen longer. I have an extensive background in programming and knowledge of music as well.
9) 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?
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
#1 in any market.
Care to contribute a recipe for our "On The Beach" cookbook?
Rock N' Roll Turkey. Instead of butter while cooking, use grain alcohol.