10 Questions with ... Adam Bomb
October 20, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- WVCS (California University of PA radio) 1998-99
- WBZZ (B94)/Pittsburgh 1999-2004 (Nights, Afternoons, MD)
- WHYI (Y100)/Miami (Nights, Mornings) 2004-2006
- WWWQ (Q100)/Atlanta (Nights) 2006-2010
- KLIF (i93 Hits)/Dallas/Fort Worth (Mornings) 2010- 2012
- Nights Live with Adam Bomb - Westwood One (Syndicated) 2012-2015
- Westwood One Classic Hip-Hop Network (Mornings) 2015
- Westwood One Hot AC Network (Nights) - present
- The Adam Bomb Show - Westwood One (Syndicated afternoons & nights) present
- WWWQ- Q100 Atlanta (Nights) Present
- Weekends at KRBE/Houston, WWWQ/Atlanta, KCHZ/Kansas City, WRWM/Indy, WABD/Mobile - present
1) When we last spoke, you were a one-station-kinda-guy. How many stations are you on now?
It feels endless but I've been given this huge opportunity to work on and out of Q100 in Atlanta, and I get to be on all of these stations as well at the same time. Doing the Adam Bomb Show on Westwood One, as well as having worked on Westwood's Hot AC and Classic Hip-Hop formats, has given me a huge list of great stations to be on. Plus, on the weekends I get to work on some huge stations across the country!
2) Run 'em down...
Q100/Atlanta; KRBE/Houston; 95.7 The Vibe/KC; 93.9 The Beat/Indy; 96.3 WDVD/Detroit ; 97.5 WABD/Mobile; Mix/Honolulu; Y102/Montgomery; Star 105/Toledo and more!
3) What social media platforms are you a fan of?
Love them all for different reasons. Facebook for in-depth interaction and emotion from listeners; Twitter for the instant POP; Snapchat for a peek inside of their world and ours; Periscope to show listeners the experience and Instagram because a picture is worth more than a thousand words
4) What's the coolest bit you've done recently?
Since I do syndicated and local shows each day and night separate from each other, I get to really dive into a national platform as well as be local! We're in Fall mode at Q100 in ATL and we're in our ninth season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, where we broadcast and make an event out of high school football games each week. We make sure the fans and students know we are there and support those schools all week with cheerleaders from both schools hosting Adam Bomb's 5at9 during the week. No other station in the market takes advantage and does this, so I am really proud of the job we do. Another thing we do is hit the streets each and every night with giveaways as well as be heavy on social media with Periscope games, snapchat and twitter. The Bomb Squad, which I affectionately call them, really work hard to make all of this happen. We have a great supporting staff.
5) What led you to a career in radio?
Growing up, I always listened to the radio for the DJs ... and I've always been a runner ever since I was a kid. I would always run with the same Panasonic radio I still have to this day, searching for when the DJs come on. When I was a freshman in college, I tried out for California University of PA's radio station (WVCS). After six months, I took my aircheck up to David Edgar at B94/Pittsburgh and he hired me for weekends and overnights! That began the whirlwind
6) Who were your influences? Who did you listen to growing up?
I'm a huge fan of the Wink 104/Harrisburg jocks: Hollywood Heffelfinger, Joe Mama, Heidi Lynn and Bruce Bond as well as B94 jocks: John Dave Bubba Shelly- Johnny Hartwell, Jeffrey T Mason, Zak Zsabo and David Edgar. They knew how to make it smoke but be entertaining and memorable.
I've learned a ton from Rob Roberts starting back in the Y100 days to now, and from Dylan Sprague who I worked with in Atlanta. Also, David Edgar when I worked for him in Pittsburgh at B94. Mike McVay, Susan Stephens and Dan Vallie as well. They also have been a big influence on me on how to be a pro. I hold everything they say in high regard.
7) What are your go-to show prep sources?
Life. I know it sounds simple, but life is my show prep. I'm always on social media talking to listeners and friends and I see what they are talking about. I live the life, so I care what they care about. That's what I base all my content on. I'm always watching and listening to what they like.
8) Who would be a "dream guest" to have on your show?
Shaq, hands down! His appeal is worldwide and he works out of the studio next to ours with his podcast. The first time I met him it wasn't a hand shake, it was a head lock and a few jokes. I think doing a show one night with him would be an experience!
9) What advice you would give people new to the business?
Always be willing to do whatever it takes, and be ready at the drop of a hat. I constantly tell this to the interns we have at night and it really resonates when they see their work come full circle
10) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
Outside of radio, I'm an outdoors guy! A pop music junkie trapped in a country boy outside of work #Camo4Life
What was the last job you had before radio?
Construction. I worked it in high school summers before football camp. A 180 to what I'm doing now but I learned a lot.