10 Questions with ... Chris "Kash" Hand
June 14, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
My career in radio began as an intern at WXKS (KISS 108) & WJMN (JAM'N 945) in Boston. I interned for about a year-and-a-half under some very smart people -- DJ Pupdawg, Chris Tyler, Scott Morello and Justin Weiner, to name a few. Those guys really got me in the door and taught me A LOT. My first official paid gig with the station was in the Traffic dept, (road traffic, not commercial). That grew into board-opping on weekends for KISS 108. That grew into being the first producer for the syndicated Ryan Seacrest show in Boston on KISS 108.
I worked as the Seacrest show producer for a little over a year and got offered a job here at Q94 as a full-time producer for an afternoon show. I was 20 when I accepted that position and it's been crazy ever since. About six months after starting at Q94, my then-APD quit to go work across the street. So at 21, I was the only employee for one of the oldest Top 40 stations in the country. Crazy. I knew it was a good opportunity to come to Richmond, but I didn't think it'd be this good. After all that went down, I just kept truckin' along and in what felt like no time, had been promoted to Music Director. Now, at 22, I'm handling most day-to-day operations of Q94, as well as all the imaging and an air shift and couldn't be happier.
1) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
To be honest, I'm only 22, I don't really remember a time in radio when you didn't have to wear several "hats."
2) What is your favorite part of the job?
Still is and will always be the music.
3) If you could add one full-time position to your budget right now, what would it be?
An assistant for my Promotions Director. Hardest working lady in the building.
4) Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Big Nat, on our sister station 106.5 The Beat. Hands down, dude is hilarious. If I ever program an Urban station, he's the #1 draft pick.
5) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
Gotta be JAM'N 945 in Boston.
6) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
Hangin with my dog Sox.
7) What music do you listen to when you're not working?
All about that Hip-Hop.
8) What is it about our industry that keeps you wanting to do it for a living?
I honestly believe we get to have some of the most fun out of any profession. If I won the lottery on Sunday, I'd be at work Monday.
9) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
Just keep grinding, it'll pay off.
10) What advice you would give people new to the business?
No task is too little, no task is too big.
What ringtone do you have on your cel?
"Regulators" - Warren G & Nate Dogg, has been the go-to ringtone for a minute!