10 Questions with ... Darrell Marrow
February 23, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Digital Content Producer / On Air Host at MyNEWPhilly.com
- On Air Personality / Content Editor at PSMGradio.com
- Creator of the-SPIEL.com, a pop culture news outlet
- Former On Air Personality at The Lion 90.7fm
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I work excessively on different projects that will ultimately improve my career profile. It's hard to watch others in my age range excel in their current career path, but I remind myself that I'm aiming to work in one the hardest industries to break into. However, my break will never come if I stop working.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I have created a pop culture news website. This provides a great opportunity to continue writing while staying up to date with current trends, stories, and movements in pop culture. Also I love writing, so I have to keep my skills fresh.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
No doubt! I jokingly say "talking is my only skill." Not true, but it's definitely the skill I always imagined getting paid for. I'm a 'no regrets' type of person, and I can't even picture being old and having never even tried to make it to a major market radio station. Goals only work if you do!
4) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
Realistically, I would be fine as a part time On Air Personality. I just need to get my foot in the door, officially. Once I'm on air, I never plan on going off.
5) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Probably more now than ever! I'm constantly examining different radio shows, with goals of understanding how and why these radio personalities are successful. Not listening to the radio is like wanting to eat but not having enough motivation to get off the couch. You've got to get up and do it.
6) What do you miss most about music/radio? The least?
Engaging with listeners is what I miss the most about radio. It's the most intense feeling in the world. You never know if the person on the other end of the phone is calling to engage with you or yell some obscenity. So keep the drop button on deck and pray. Also the press passes were awesome!
The least? I appreciate being able to sleep until 7am.
7) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
I've learned that I can't compare where others are in their careers, to where I want to be in mine.
8) 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?
Absolutely. I have worked for free at an Internet radio start-up and will continue to look for a position that benefits my professional development, even if the position doesn't benefit my pockets. I am currently a Content Producer and guest on air host at MyNEWPhilly.com; a news outlet spotlighting the great aspects of Philadelphia.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
If you know that radio is what you want to do, start working now. While I entered college as a Communications major, I was not sure of what form of broadcasting I wanted to pursue.
10) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I'm still young, so I have a lot of time to do a lot of things. In 5 years I'll be 28, only two years away from my goal of having a nationally syndicated radio show. Look out Elvis Duran! In 10 years, I hope to have my own production company from which my talk show will be developed. Big dreams.
Uh oh ... now you're on your own for getting new music. If applicable, name your three most recent purchases since leaving the biz.
- 25 - Adele, for obvious reasons.
- Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap, because everyone needs a good trap playlist.
- Purpose - Justin Bieber... Don't judge me, it's like actually good!