10 Questions with ... Rex McNeill
February 9, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I've been heard In San Francisco, Boise, Santa Barbara and Sacramento ... over 20 years of major-market experience.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I'm staying motivated by watching my son become a professional soccer player ... seeing him work hard and play hard. He's 18 and he's had two pro tryouts. Jeremy was invited back to both. So he doesn't let me get away with giving up. Plus in my former life I was a pro soccer player myself
2) 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.
When radio is involved in the community, we all win. Radio is a medium best served locally, with personalities who care and share.
3) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
By introducing your talents and networking with program directors, consultants and market managers. Social media makes this easier.
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Mornings or afternoons. I do a highly interactive show filled with social media, phones and fun!
5) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
I'm spending more time studying formats, personalities and music, commercial stopsets and promotions.
6) 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?
Yes. I'm spending time helping my son with his soccer career, spending time with my wife, and just using this time to refocus and re-energize.
7) What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
I've been lucky to have several. First, being on the air in San Francisco and working at X100 with great talent like Mark Hanson, Chuck Geiger and Ellen K. Then being on KFRC, doing middays at Kat Country 103 when they won ACM/CMA station of the year, and most recently nights in Sacramento at 105.1 KNCI, where we took the night show from 18th to top 3 in key demos.
8) What do you miss most about radio?
The daily interaction ... getting to know the audience as friends. Making a difference in our community. Playing that new song everybody's talking about.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
If it's in your heart, go for it. Do you really want it? It's tough and rewarding. You'll work hard. Don't give up!
10) Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hosting an interactive morning or afternoon show and expanding into podcasts, daily video and syndication.