10 Questions with ... Amanda "ICE" Habrowski
October 7, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started off doing morning announcements at my high school and soon after enrolled at Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit. From there I interned with Jay and Rachel in the Morning on WDRQ before they switched formats. I was quickly picked up by WKQI and interned with one of the best in the biz, Beau Daniels. After spending six years interning, board oping and filling in for full-time jocks, it was time for my full-time opportunity over at WHPP in Fort Wayne, IN. I spent a couple of months there on the air doing afternoons and soon moved down the hall to WJFX where I spent the rest of my Fort Wayne days under radio genius, Phil Becker. I now reside in Portland, OR doing afternoons for KBFF, patiently waiting to see where this career takes me next! I guess you can say I get around.
1) What led you to a career in radio?
I'd have to say my voice. When I was younger, everyone always told me my voice was so different and unique and I figured hey, might as well do something with it!
2) What is your favorite part of the job?
I LOVE being able to interact with my listeners. Whether it's on the air, at a station event, an e-mail or social media conversation, anything that connects us together solidifies why I do what I do. Also, not having a dress code is pretty legit, too.
3) What is the most challenging part of the job?
For me, it's being so far away from home and not being able to see my family all the time. I really do cherish the holidays now as I'm getting older.
4) What's the coolest promotion you've EVER been involved with?
It'd have to be the Social Music Festival we put on in Fort Wayne, IN with WJFX. Being able to help put together and create such a huge, successful SOLD-OUT event like that and seeing and hearing hundreds of girls scream for their favorite artist was something I'll never forget. And it was on my birthday ... a good friend of mine, Brooke Taylor, had the whole place sing me "Happy Birthday." Talk about a cool birthday present.
5) What artist would we be surprised to find on your iPod?
Wow, probably all of them. Being from Detroit, I'm a huge house/techno head. Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, Loco Dice and tINI to name a few.
6) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I went sky diving with Flavor Flav on our very first date on Flavor of Love 3 back in 2008.
7) Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Easily Howard Stern. He's intelligent and tells it like it is while not giving a crap what anyone else thinks. And he's making millions, hence why he's my role model. I will be the female version of Howard Stern one day.
8) Who would be a "dream guest" to have on your show?
Snoop Dogg. We'd have one hell of a conversation.
9) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
"Change is inevitable and we need to plan for it. Be vigilant and accept new things. And we need to enjoy the ride while we are at it," a quote from the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" -- which I believe has held constant throughout my career.
10) What advice you would give people new to the business?
Be yourself, work hard and never give up. You'll see and feel the reward of radio the longer you're in the biz.
What was your last non-industry job?
I was a Hooter's girl for five years and met some of the coolest chicks that I still call my "homegirls" to this day.