10 Questions with ... Hunter Quinn
January 10, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Among others...
1) How would you describe your first radio gig?
I started like many jocks; board-oping for Open House Party and doing overnights at WGTZ/Dayton while going to school at the University of Dayton.
2) What led you to a career in radio?
Craig Carson and Rachael Frydmann from WXSS, Kiss in Milwaukee, came to my high school tailgate party when I was a junior and I was instantly hooked on radio. I asked for an internship and got to work with Craig, JoJo Martinez and Brian Kelly.
3) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
I wore just about every hat as PD of WKSI/Winchester. I'm very lucky to have Katie Kruz as my APD/Promotions Dir., and midday star and Aaron Rogers, my Online Content Director and night guy. Both are solid up-and-comers and we have great group chemistry.
4) What is Z104 doing to advance social media and digital platforms?
Clear Channel is leading the way with social media, along with digital platforms. Creating iHeartRadio and the music festival and forming a partnership with Living Social are just the tip of the iceberg. Z104 has a passionate and interactive following on Facebook and Twitter. We turn posts into web uniques, tune-ins and occasions.
5) What is your favorite part of the job?
When a plan comes together to increase ratings and revenue and have a lot of fun in the meantime ... it's why I love radio.
6) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
My new favorite hobby is named Lyla! My wife Shannon and I have a three-month-old daughter who is incredible! It's amazing how having a child will change your perspective on everything!
7) What do you attribute Z104's success to?
Heritage and relationships. Z104 has been a Top 40 station for over 35 years. Our morning show host Connie Kellie has been a Madison favorite for over a decade, and her on-air partner Curtis spent over a decade on our sister station WIBA before joining Connie last year. Z104 has put an increased value on the relationships it has with advertising clients, community leaders and local charities. I appreciate and enjoy the relationships we have with record labels and I'm fortunate to be able to pick the brains of some of the smartest programmers in the country, such as Rich Davis, Randi West, Michael McCoy and fellow new dad Tommy Chuck.
8) What music do you listen to when you're not working?
I'm a sucker for singer-songwriter stuff, and oddly enough I really like a lot of songs from the last 10 years that weren't quite hits.
9) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
There are a few. "You're never done proving yourself." "Network, network, network" and "It's not what the PD wants, it's what the listener wants."
10) What advice would you give people new to the business?
Be great at one thing and really good at several others. The best way to be successful is to continually add to your skill set and be increasingly valuable.
For someone vacationing in your market, what one thing would you say they "must see?"
There really is a ton to do in Madison. Great skiing, solid golfing and phenomenal restaurants, but I invite everyone to experience a Badger football Saturday from tailgate to post-game celebration. Simply amazing!