10 Questions with ... Casey Reed
March 17, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
While in college in '03, I started interning at Q102 for the morning show. Later I joined the promo team while assisting in programming and production. My first on-air op was at WRDW where I worked my way from overnights to morning co-host to middays during a span of nine years. After deciding to move on in 2014, I commuted to NYC part-time for PLJ and as of Jan 2015, I'm full circle and back home at Q in a very exciting new role!
1) What led you to a career in radio?
I was going to Temple U with intentions of getting into TV/production. I thought a radio internship first would be good experience, but once I got in the studio, I was hooked.
2) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
My head's too small for most hats, but honestly, yes. PMD/MD is obviously a heavy job and to streamline the show, I do traffic/weather now in addition to social media on seven outlets.
3) What's the coolest promotion you've been involved with recently?
Well, this is more of an event, but just last weekend our night host, Raphael, and I hosted at one of those indoor trampoline parks. We literally jumped around with kids and adults for two hours ... no pressure, just pure, insane, fun! And lots of pain the day after.
4) What artist would we be surprised to find on your iPod?
Show tunes. Yup, musical theatre nerd right here. NO shame.
5) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
Besides that I'm a lesbian?! As if my riding a Kawasaki sport bike didn't give it away ... but no, I also took like six years of vocal training and play the piano. Femme card redeemed!
6) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
Lucky lady I am, Philly's my hometown so it was Q102 and I would listen to Chio In The Morning, not knowing someday I'd be interning for him and then his co-host years later. Now he's down the hall at ISX. I can't get away from him :)
7) Looking back, which years hold the best musical memories for you and who were your favorite acts at that time?
The years I remember most vividly are the ones at Wired when Clifton had us doing 18 songs in a row of a listener's personal playlist! Pretty Ricky, JayZ/Lincoln Park, CiAAAARRRAA! Does that make me sound old?
8) What is it about our industry that keeps you wanting to do it for a living?
The satisfying feeling of telling exciting news or playing a new song, knowing someone's hearing it for the first time, and getting them in that moment to FEEL and be excited with you! When I have a day off, it's like I'm missing out on so many cool things to share! #FOMO
9) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
That a work/personal balance is important, at any level. Early on, as most of us do, I worked 24/7 and of course, it took a toll. Since then I realized my personal time is important too, so I definitely have my "off" mode and even put down social media. It's just healthy.
10) What advice you would give people new to the business?
Take advantage of/learn everything you can (not just what you want to). Build relationships and always be mindful of other's perceptions of you, including when on social media.
What's the best sweeper/liner you've ever heard?
Drew Hall is one of the most creative imagers in the business. I often quote a sweep he made that makes me laugh, "Two hours commercial-free music ... It can cure resting bitch face. 933 FLZ!"