10 Questions with ... Sassy
August 7, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started at KBOS/B95 in Fresno in early 2001, then KWYE (Y101) when it was a Pop station. Moved to Bozeman, MT, to do nights at KISN and now Wichita for KZCH (Channel 963).
1) What led you to a career in radio?
I was working part-time at a pet hospital and I would call in every day to the morning show on KBOS. I kept winning prizes and one day the GM (E. Curtis Johnson) said "Okay, either make her an intern or let her go cause she can't win anymore." Two days later I was interning in the afternoons with Greg Hoffman. I learned SO MUCH from those two men and I continue to call them for advice.
2) Who are your radio influences?
E. Curtis Johnson, Greg Hoffman, Phillip Teresi, Rich Davis, Greg Chance, Howard Stern, Sammy Suarez, Ponch, Jagger, St. John, Julie Pilat, Maurice Devoe, John Ivy, Jason Prinzo, Rob Burton, Lyman James, and of course, Carl Anderson and Rod Phillips for guiding me and allowing me to have creative freedom.
3) What is your favorite part of the job?
Meeting the fans of the radio station and seeing how passionate they are about Channel 963. I've been doing nights in Wichita for five years and a majority of my fan base is white. As a black woman, that's a huge and humbling thing to accomplish and makes me feel like the Gabby Douglas of radio. Music sees no color!
4) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I've never tasted peanut butter in my entire existence on this earth ... never plan to, either.
5) Could you give us a little insight into your on-air staff?
Tommy Castor (APD) is my partner in crime and together we steer 963. He's very level-headed and always has great ideas. Austin, our fill-in guy, is very enthusiastic. The Bobby Bones show is our morning show out of Austin, but they travel here frequently to show appreciation. That's why they've been #1 for as long as I can remember, and they remain humble while doing it.
6) Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Maxwell at Q102 in Philly is HILARIOUS. Parodies and bits galore. He's so entertaining.
7) Who would be a "dream guest" to have on your show?
Eminem. The few interviews he's done are so basic. He needs questions that have spirit fingers and I'd be the one to deliver them, ta-da!
8) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
"You're only as good as your last book."
9) What advice you would give people new to the business?
You'll know for sure if you really want to do this when you get your first paycheck. Network, network, network! For better or for worse, sometimes this business is as much about who you know as how good you are.
10) For someone vacationing in your market, what one thing would you say they "must see?"
A tornado ... up close. Smile for the camera!