10 Questions with ... Bruce Enrietto
September 8, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I've been on the air for 20+ years and have done all dayparts and formats. I landed doing mornings on a Country station in 2002 and that is what I consider home.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
That's probably the hardest part about being on the beach. I have a great support system. Supportive friends/family are the key.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I'm also a very experienced dialysis tech. That bridges the income gap and occupies my time.
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 seems like a lot of people are laying down and admitting defeat for our industry. With all the talk about the various sources for people to get their entertainment, they don't want to compete. Or they don't know how. I don't hear a lot of passion for the audience or their daily lives anymore. No real effort to connect. It seems there's a lot of concentration on being brief without practicing the art of brevity.
4) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Absolutely! Call me Don Quixote. Radio is my windmill.
5) What's the longest stretch you've had on the beach?
Two-and-a-half years. This isn't my first rodeo.
6) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
I use All Access almost exclusively. I also check company websites and apply direct.
7) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Country mornings is where my heart lies. Somewhere between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and between Canada and Mexico will work.
8) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
Almost non-existent. I've gotten callbacks and no follow-up. And I've been ignored when I follow up with them. There are those who will communicate and let you know what's going on. I make it a point to thank them.
9) Are you finding salaries/benefits lower than you ever thought, about the same, or have you seen some pleasant surprises?
About the same. I'm prepared to get creative to get to the number I need.
10) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
BE PATIENT!! Hiring managers have their full-time work to do while searching for someone to fill their vacant positions. Nothing will move as fast as you'd like it to and your career won't advance overnight. Concentrate on being the best personality you can be and the rest will follow.
Care to contribute a recipe for our "On The Beach" cookbook?
I use spaghetti sauce to eat for several days on the cheap.
- 3 large cans of tomato sauce
- 1 pound ground beef (or bulk Italian sausage)
- 1 packet McCormick spaghetti seasoning (for beginners)
- 1 green pepper
- 1 pkg sliced mushrooms
- 2 small cans of sliced black olives
Brown the ground beef, drain and put in the crock pot
Mix in all other ingredients and put on high for 4 hours. Stir occasionally and season to taste. There will be enough for 9-10 meals.