10 Questions with ... Lee Ann Taylor
February 2, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
My stops include Harrisburg/Lancaster/York at the former WRKZ (renamed WCAT), WCTO/Allentown, WDSD/Delaware and coming in to help the Country launch of WKMK in New Jersey. I was APD/MD at some of my stops.
My last gig at WAAL-WHWK/Binghamton saw me become a digital media specialist as well as a personality and creative services assistant.
1) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Freelancing as a content writer, prep service writer, and voicetracking. I am also enjoying spending loads of time with our family.
2) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
First, pick a station that will actually give you a shot, then build relationships any way you can.
3) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
Right here at All Access, and word of mouth!
4) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I went on CNN back in 2009 and did a "30 Second Pitch." It landed me my last gig.
5) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I would like to marry my on air skills with digital media or do the music scheduling. There are fewer opportunities in that part of the field but I am darn good.
6) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I am lucky to embrace adapting to anything. I became expert at web content creation and managing websites as well as social media writing and creating videos. Many kick and scream when asked to do the digital side; I say bring it on!
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 sure am! We take the grandkids out and are looking forward to a new addition to the family. (No I am not THAT old ... I married in!)
8) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Biggest? Let's go with most cherished. Being mentored by longtime personal icons from 1050 WHN like Joel Raab, Mike Fitzgerald, Lee Arnold and Dan Taylor as well as WRKZ legend Dandalion. You don't get better than that, and the guidance is timeless.
9) What do you miss most about music/radio?
I miss the listeners and interaction. And the music. The least? The "but we've always done it this way" mentality. It's a quick way to doom any business.
10) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
I have learned my value as both a person and employee. I have also learned that you can go home again, to some extent.
Any books you can recommend to people who need something inspirational to read?
"How To Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People" by Andy Steiner. How I got through my last beach visit starts on page 99!