10 Questions with ... Martin Shnayder
November 10, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I attended and graduated from Temple University. While at Temple, I had interned for nine months at 97.5 The Fanatic, one of the two Sports radio stations in Philadelphia. I also had the opportunity to intern for a short time at the other sports station in the city, Sportsradio 94 WIP.
In the middle of my internship with WIP, I was offered a paid position back at the Fanatic with the Promotions team. After graduation, I decided to put all my effort into finding a position more in line with what I want to do on the production side of things. I eventually landed a P/T audio editing position in the SiriusXM/Washington D.C. sports newsroom. I have been there since the start of August, but have aspirations, a strong work ethic, and a desire to take the next step into producing and/or being on-air.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Staying positive can be hard to do in this industry as there are a lot of ups and downs with a lot of disappointment sometimes. However, it is very easy for me to stay positive and motivated because I love working in radio and I wouldn't want to do anything else with my life. I am very hungry to be the best person in this business that I can be, and I have a work ethic that seeks perfection and seeks to earn the opportunity to take the next step up the ladder. My motivation is my desire to outwork everybody.
2) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
I could not see myself doing anything else. It took me until college to truly find a passion for something I love doing and I wouldn't leave it for anything in the world. I have so many goals I would like to accomplish in radio and I know I will not be satisfied until I have the opportunity to do so.
3) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
Work harder than anyone else and just reach out to people. There are plenty of people in this business who are willing to help, and you have to continue to seek them even if you have not found them yet. Reaching out to people and asking for advice or an opportunity can never hurt. If you don't try you'll never succeed.
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
Honestly, All Access and a simple Indeed search have been my two best friends while looking for jobs. I do my due diligence while searching and I've noticed that these two places are the best ones to see the best job opportunities out there in radio.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I would love an opportunity to get on-air and showcase the knowledge I have gained thus far and to work on my skill set to continue to get better on-air. I really believe that not only do I have a lot to give to a radio station, but I also have a lot I can learn to get better and better. However, I am aware of the difficulty of obtaining an on-air position, which is why I'm focusing equally as hard on obtaining a producing position. I believe I specifically have the production skills and work ethic to do this.
6) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, e-mails, rejection letters, etc.)
To be quite honest, the courtesy level at places that I have applied is not great. Most of them will not bother to even give you an e-mail back, and those that do use a generic e-mail that they send to everyone. Even a place where I had two interviews and made it to the final round did not bother to ever e-mail or call me with their final decision. I find this aspect of the radio business to be a bit disappointing.
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I try to show as much as possible how hard I work and how relatable I can be to the audience listening. At the end of the day, I believe radio stations want someone who the audience will enjoy listening to. This is why I try to put myself in the open position and create ways that I am helping the radio station satisfy the listeners.
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
I still try to listen to the radio as much as possible. Whenever I am in the car I almost always have the radio on. When I am lounging around at home I will pull up an Internet stream from time to time as well. I like to listen to the radio to improve myself and create new ideas. I listen for educational purposes as much as I do for entertainment.
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?
Money has never been the reason why I wanted to enter the radio business. Like any person, money is nice to have and you want to be able to support yourself without too much stress, but I'm not looking for fame or a big payday. I honestly believe you can't put a price on feeling good about what you're doing with your life.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
I see myself on-air and being a reliable person for not only the radio station but the average listener who is looking for someone to entertain them. Most importantly, I see myself still striving to get better and better and hopefully never feeling content.
Seen any great movies?
Inside Out. I'm not usually a big animated movie guy but this one is just fantastic. It has everything you want, sadness, comedy, drama, action. The best movie of the year by far.