10 Questions with ... Jordan
January 12, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- WWHT (Hot 1079)/Syracuse, 1999-2002 (part-time/swing)
- WEZB (B97)/New Orleans, 2002-2004 (nights)
- WKFS (Kiss 107)/Cincinnati, 2004-2012 (PD, nights, afternoons)
- WXXL (XL1067)/Orlando, 2012-2014 (PD, Afternoons)
- KBWX (Wild 1049)/St. Louis, 2014-Present (PD, mornings)
- KSLZ (Z1077)/St. Louis, 2014-Present (APD, afternoons)
1) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
I am, and I welcome it. From programming Wild, to my elevated APD duties on KSLZ (and on-air duties for both), plus Digital PD roles for the cluster, it's no wonder it's taken me three weeks to fill this out. Challenges excite me; learning more is a passion.
2) What is the most challenging part of the job?
Having to wait until tomorrow to get to what I wanted to do today ... there's always one more e-mail to send, one more phone call to return, one more music log to schedule.
3) If you could add one full-time position to your budget right now, what would it be?
More Social/Digital soldiers! You can never have enough eyes on the social media landscape; it changes by the minute. I've encouraged our promotions team when bringing on new coordinators that they possess social media skills to aid in the programming team's work. Every social media account helps.
4) What's the coolest promotion you've been involved with recently?
"Dads In Drag" went over pretty well. How far would a father go to get his daughter front row and backstage to meet Taylor Swift? I mean, the buzz was so great throughout the city that even the owner of our St. Louis Cardinals came out and judged the contest with his wife!
5) Who were your mentors? Who would you say has influenced your career the most?
"Were" or "are?" I was fortunate enough to have been brought up under some great leaders (Jason Kidd, Matt Johnson, Tommy Bodean, Joey Bond), and continue to learn under some great leaders (Tony Travatto, Maynard, John Ivey, Tony Banks, Chris Kampmeier, etc.). The network of great minds at our disposal is absolutely incredible.
6) Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Phil Hendrie has been the one personality I've always recommended to others. He's brilliant at taking 'Topic A' and capitalizing on it. Unfortunately, he's taken his show off air and now operates via his digital platforms. I really miss the regular listener interaction who bought-in on his 'act' (and, weren't in on it), but the amazing content continues.
Watch a sample of what he's known for:
7) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I'm a kitchen cutlery nerd. Some collect shoes. Others collect hats. I collect Shun Japanese steel kitchen knives.
8) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
Being a dad to my eight-month old son Jonah. Easily, the most incredible accomplishment of my life, and occupies whatever available time I seem to have.
9) What advice would you give to people new to the business?
Be patient, lay your groundwork, and be available. Never be afraid to ask questions, and always welcome criticism, both positive and negative. Expect to learn, yearn to grow, and listen back to your shows.
10) What would you like to do to save radio from its "dying-industry" image?
Someone who thinks of this as a "dying industry" must have missed our iHeartRadio Music Festival, Country Festival, Fiesta Latina, etc.
What ringtone do you have on your cell?
I have the Back To The Future "chimes" for text and voicemail alerts, which explains why I let all label calls go to voicemail.