10 Questions with ... Michael Bennett
February 25, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- 2007-2008 K104 Weekends
- 2008-2010- K104 Late-nights
- 2010- Present K104 MDNights
- 2013- Present WRDW/Philly
WEBSITE: facebook.com/michaelbennettonair & Twitter: @bennettonair
1) What led you to a career in radio?
My father! He currently does mornings on our sister station, WHUD. Growing up, he did news and he would always take me, my brother and my sister out to events. I got to grow up admiring the best in the business. I'm just hoping a little bit rubbed off!
2) What is your favorite part of the job?
I just love being able to create: creating phoners, bits, breaks, tweets ... During the day, at the gym or out with my dog, I'm always thinking: "Wow that would be funny for the show tonight."
3) What are you doing social media-wise?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat ... you name it! It is a major part of my show and my daily life. I love doing funny video bits. I want my listeners to feel like they are a part of my life and vice versa.
4) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I drive six hours every Sunday to play radio in Philly at Wired 96.5. My show five days a week wasn't enough. I needed more ahhh! Dan Hunt hired me and every time I roll through on I-95 blasting Boyz II Men, I thank him. Rick Vaughn, Buster and the entire crew there are incredible! Buster and Chunky have been great mentors.
5) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
When I'm not on the air or with my awesome wife and dog, you can find me doing stand-up comedy! I love entertaining and making people laugh. It is just the feeling you get on stage and getting that immediate feedback from the crowd; it's such a rush.
6) What music do you listen to when you're not working?
Elvis, Kendrick Lamar, Third Eye Blind, Eminem, Dean Martin ... I'm a bit all over the place.
7) What is it about our industry that keeps you wanting to do it for a living?
Every night I try to top what I did the night before. You can always do something better or different. I'll be doing this until I get it down 100% or when my body starts to fall apart and smell. Whichever comes first.
8) What is the current state of the radio "talent pool?"
Not great. There are very few live overnight shifts where people can learn and grow. I'm so thankful I had that at K104. I've gotten to learn under the incredible Scotty Mac and Skywalker. The time I spent chugging red bull at 3a and learning from my mistakes made me the personality that I am today.
9) What advice you would give people new to the business?
Say YES to everything! Board op at 2a on a Saturday and clean out the prize closet? Okay!
10) What would you like to do to save radio from its "dying-industry" image?
Be funny. Be engaging. DON'T be an iPod.
Name the artist/act (living or dead) you'd love to meet and why?
ELVIS ... because he is the damn King!