10 Questions with ... Stacey K
May 1, 2012
1) How would you describe your first radio gig?
The gig was a great place for a complete newbie. I, however, was TERRIBLE! I sucked. Ha ha ha ha! I worked midnight to 6a Saturdays on KTID in San Rafael. I was soooooo green and sooooooo lame that I pronounced Bruce Cockburn just as it looks! Boo hoo! But it was GREAT practice! I'm just thankful to Mr. Scott Murray for giving me a chance! Thanks, Scott.
2) What led you to a career in radio?
Well, I've always loved music, and thought that I would get to play whatever I wanted if I were a DJ! Ohhhh, so cute, right? I contemplated becoming a high school English teacher, too. Thank God I went with radio. Man, I'd be sad right now. The defining moment was when I was sitting on the couch at the age of 16. I was watching a show on HBO, and an announcer came on and said, "This movie has been rated 'R' by the Motion Picture Association of America. It is not suitable for those under 17." Well, after I turned off the TV, because I was only 16, and couldn't possibly watch an R-rated movie (What kind of girl do you think I am? Oh ... you know me? Yeah, you're right. I watched it.) I was like, "That's a job! I want THAT job!" My love of music and wanting a job in voiceover lead me to radio!
3) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
Surprisingly, I am wearing fewer hats. I have only two official titles now: morning show hostess and PD. In the past, I've done mornings on one station, and competed with myself on middays (I won, BTW) on two other stations simultaneously while also holding down Production Director duties, and being the utility fill in for whatever came along. I did enjoy learning all the different skills, though!
4) What is your favorite part of the job?
Coming into the studio every day and getting to do a morning show. It's by far my favorite day part!
5) Could you give us a little insight into your on-air staff?
My air staff is stellar ... super-smart, good looking, driven, great sense of humor. Of course, I am the sole employee, but ... juuuust kidding! In reality, my air staff is amazing. I feel lucky to have them on the team. I'm super proud of the drive, talent, and attitude of the talent.
6) If you could add one full-time position to your budget right now, what would it be?
I would selfishly add an assistant to help with the PD responsibilities that I don't want to do, like following up on open ended projects, and delivering bad news. Probably sorting through the 300 spam e-mails I get every day, and going to get me a healthy lunch when I can't get away. That would be great. If we're talking realistically, I would get my promotions guy an assistant. But I like the unrealistic one better.
7) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
My favorite station AND one of the inspirations for my radio career was Live 105 in San Francisco. That music got me through high school, and I remember just being GLUED to my radio. I recorded the radio any time I made a song request just so I could hear the DJ say my name. Actually, I made my debut on Live 105. I called in to request a song, and to ask what was going on in the city that night, and they AIRED MY CALL! I WAS ON LIVE 105! Weeeeeee! That was waaaay better than the fake radio shows my friend Jennifer and I used to make. Yeah. We were cool. I know.
8) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
I don't really have a hobby, per se. I USED to play soccer, but I busted up my ankle, and don't play anymore. :( Boooooo. I do still enjoy hiking and going to the beach. I enjoy trivia, and ... wait. I feel like this is turning "Singles Ad-y". Imma stop right now. Well, after I upload a profile pic. Heh, heh.
9) What music do you listen to when you're not working?
I listen to Hot 101 Seven pretty constantly, unless I am monitoring the competition. (Hi D, N, W, M, and N!) On the rare occasion that I listen to something else, it's a combination of all sorts of stuff. If I started listing bands I liked, this would take up waaaaaayyyy too much of your time, so I'll just go with ... I like Rock, Alternative, Dance, stuff with a huge beat, Old Skool, Hip-Hop and more!
10) What advice you would give people new to the business?
There are hundreds of people who want your job. If you don't have drive, creativity, flexibility and a positive attitude, move over and let someone who really wants the job have it.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be an actress, a princess, or a witch. If you ask the right people, you'll see that I am all three! Ha ha ha ha!