10 Questions with ... AJ Dukette
May 19, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I began my radio career in 2000 as a weekend jock at WJYY (Top 40). In 2001, I became afternoon-drive host and MD. In 2003, I became PD. In 2010, I added PD stripes for WNHW (Country), then became PD of WXLF/WZLF (Country) in 2012. In 2013, I added OM duties for WNNH, WLNH and WEMJ.
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I've been spending more time with my two daughters, who are five and seven. I'm also reconnecting with people I haven't spoken with in a long time. I've been getting in more physical activity - running and hiking. I've also been playing a lot of guitar.
2) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
I certainly hope so! I love this business with all my heart, and I feel like I've gained some valuable experience over the last 15 years that I can contribute at my next gig.
3) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
For me, it's been all about keeping my name out there ... letting as many people as I can know that I'm looking. Reaching out to people I haven't spoken to in years, or people I've never even spoken to before. Staying connected is key.
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Ideally, I'd like to program ... however, I have experience as a MD, on-air, and in production and promotions. Hopefully my next will be a little bit of all of the above!
5) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
The thing I miss the most about radio is the camaraderie among my team. And always trying to find an opportunity to let people know that they're doing a great job, and that their hard work is recognized. The thing that I miss the least is the politics of the business.
6) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
I've learned to not take things for granted. Always take time to appreciate what you have, because it can be gone in an instant ... professionally as well as personally.
7) 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?
Well, I was never in radio for the money ... as long as I can earn a decent living to support my family while doing what I love, I'll be living the dream.
8) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
If you really want it, go get it! Set yourself apart from everyone else by always agreeing to go the extra mile. Never say, "That's not my job!"
9) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
Hopefully my next opportunity will allow me to grow my knowledge of the business and learn new approaches and practices.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
I hope to be making valuable contributions to a radio company that respects and appreciates its people.
My favorite new diversion is ...
Yard work ... it never ends!