10 Questions with ... Josh Pryor
August 25, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started out in television, as a live broadcast director for ABC news. The station also owned seven radio stations, so after I would get done directing the morning news, I would go upstairs to radio and bug the afternoon girl on the Urban AC station, and eventually after making her laugh she let me be on during her lunchtime hour. The Ops Manager heard me on-air and at first he was upset that the afternoon lady hadn't okay'd it with him, but then he quickly realized I had a lot of talent. However, he wanted me to be on the big Rock station (Rock 94, Spokane's Best Rock). The rest is history. I started out doing overnights for a couple months, then they offered me the morning show producer/co-host position, which I jumped right on, and then I became the imaging director for the station, producing sweepers, station IDs, commercials ... you name it, I've done it!
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Doing stand-up comedy and making people laugh helps me stay positive. And I surround myself with positive people. I stay true to the values my parents taught me and try to be the best person I can every day. The world is already full of negativity, and I don't want to contribute to that. I stay motivated by working on my craft. I go to open mic once a week. I do online production tutorials, constantly learning new things about production/producing with Adobe Audition. I keep my finger on the pulse of the entertainment world, and I'm also writing comedy every day. I'm a single father raising a teenage girl all by myself. That is my biggest motivator!
2) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
If you're not in love with biz, you should do something else. If you do love the biz, don't ever give up. Take an intern position and learn as much as you can, and eventually you will break in.
3) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I would love to be back on a morning radio show, producing/co-hosting/Imaging Director or any on-air shift.
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
5) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
Well, I got my degree. That's what got me in the door. Also, internships are a great place to start.
6) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes! I love it and I don't want to do anything else. It's why I was put on this planet.
7) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I love to play guitar and produce music, plus golfing, fishing, spending time with my daughter and teaching her how to play guitar ... and teaching her the sports that she likes to play. I also love going to hockey games, helping my Grandma on her farm, camping, and going to concerts.
8) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
One time I had an interview in town where I had no connections, no place to sleep, couldn't afford a hotel room and the interview was a two day interview, so I slept in my truck and showered at a truck stop.
9) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I have accomplished a lot. When I was a kid, my dream was to film for National Geographic ... and I did. Also producing and co-hosting a morning radio show and being number one three books in a row sas huge for me!
10) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In five years I see myself on-air with one of the biggest Rock radio stations in the world, and in 10 years, I see myself programming one of the biggest Rock radio stations in the world.
Seen any great movies?
Yes, the new Mad Max: Fury Road... It was amazing!!!