10 Questions with ... Jimmy Alexander
May 12, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Producer/sidekick on Bob & The Showgram, G105-WDCG/Raleigh 1994-1997
- Co-host on Jack Diamond Morning Show, WRQX/Washington DC 1997-2012
- Co-host onStar 94 Mornings with Cindy & Jimmy, WSTR/Atlanta 2012-2014
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
My mom had a stroke about a month after I left Star ... so I understand that things can always be worse. (Mom's doing great now).
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Running. I've run over 500 miles already this year. I also write the 20th Twenty Country Countdown with Tim Leary for United Stations.
3) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
Working for free ... I interned for Bob Dumas at G105 in Raleigh. The producer left in August, and from then till February I produced the show. Bob and the PD at the time --Brian Bridgman -- hired me and made sure I got all the back pay for producing the show
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Co-host on a morning show.
5) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mail rejection letters, etc.)
Here is the secret ... you rarely hear back from people, but when you do they are normally very kind.
6) What's the most unbelievable question you've ever been asked in an interview?
Someone said to me, "We are not looking for someone with a big personality." I asked, "Um, did you listen to my demo?" And they said, "Not yet."
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'm now eating at restaurants at night during the week. I've been doing mornings for such a long time that I didn't know people really did that.
8) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
I miss performing on the air. I don't miss meetings about nothing.
9) Is there anything specific that you regret doing while you were still working?
Yes ... doing instead of asking, "Why are we doing?"
10) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Being #1 in Washington, D.C. (Jack Diamond Show-WRQX). And having Joan Rivers tell me to go "F" myself ... You can see that in her documentary "Piece Of Work."
Your favorite new diversion is ...
I've been able to visit every Presidential Library. (I know it sounds like I'm bragging.)