10 Questions with ... Woodman
April 22, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Most of my career has been in New York. I grew up in the Midwest and worked at stations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Indiana.
1) You pretty much define the term "heritage" morning show. How long have you been at it, and to what do you attribute your longevity?
I have been running a morning show for about 15 years. The secret is keeping up with the times. You have to keep it fresh and exciting -- new bits, new liners, new ways of interacting with the listener.
2) Tell us about the other players on the show. What do they bring to the table?
We actually have a large cast of characters. I have my traffic reporter Christina, who worked in the city for many years; she is a mother so she touches that demo. Bill is a politician, a right-wing conservative so you know where he stands. Our newest addition, Kate, made the transition from television to radio and is our pop culture guru. Diva is our resident flamboyant black-gay-40-year-old-man. Blackberry is the typical dirty old man. Dan is our social media shark who used to work as a VP to Donald Trump and currently works alongside Joe Torre.
3) How active are you on social media, and how important is it in promoting your show?
Big time! Every hour throughout the whole show we are updating everything that is trending. We have also created several social media contests for listeners to get involved in the show and to spread the word via social media.
4) How would you describe your first radio gig?
Actually that's pretty funny. It was in a small town in Iowa and I went in for my first afternoon shift ... and then quit two hours later. The studio was the size of a closet, nothing worked, and it was right next to an Iowa hog farm. So I got another job that weekend instead.
5) What led you to a career in radio?
I was at a house party in college, drinking a few alcoholic beverages and I decided to get on the microphone and start talking. Some radio guys came up to me and said, "Hey, you have an amazing voice ... you should do radio." So I gave it a shot and here I am now.
6) Who were your influences? Who did you listen to growing up?
Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, Shadow Stevens and Howard Stern.
7) What are your go-to showprep sources?
Complete Sheet is the best! Fox, CNN, AOL, TMZ, Us Magazine, and breakingnews.com are all favorites. Always go to Twitter and Facebook to see what's trending, not to mention N.Y. Post and Daily News and several other local papers.
8) Who would be a "dream guest" to have on your show?
Celine Dion! I have interviewed everybody except Celine freaking Dion! I love Celine Dion, but she doesn't love me back ... yet.
9) What advice you would give people new to the business?
Get out now.
10) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I do the entire morning show without any pants on.
What ringtone do you have on your cell?
I'll tell you, but first ... "Let me take a selfie."