10 Questions with ... Katrina Medrano
February 23, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I will never forget the day I started as an intern; back in 1999. I'm blessed to have found something I love and kick @ss at it!
- KCAQ (Q104-7)/Oxnard/Ventura 1999-2006 (overnights, morning show co-host, middays, night show)
- KVEG (Hot 97.5)/Las Vegas 2006 (night show)
- KXJM (Jammin 95.5)/Portland 2006- 2007 (middays, night show)
- KVEG (Hot 97.5)/Las Vegas 2007-2011 (nights, morning show co-host)
1) What got you into radio?
Being a teacher's pet! Now let me explain. I heard the morning show (at the time) solicit for interns, and I thought I'd give it a try! Turns out I was star-struck when I met them and clammed up when it came to the interview, but they gave me a chance to prove myself and after a year and a half, they hired me on. For the record, I always used to listen to them and the Baka Boyz growing up and always thought, "Man, that would be cool...to be on radio!" I was right.
2) When you were 13, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be all sorts of things: a vet, an athlete, a teacher...but mostly a stripper!
3) You're young, but you've worked just about every radio daypart. What's been the biggest challenge of doing mornings?
Being away from my babies, it sucks!
4) I don't have statistics to back this up, but I believe that there are easily more women hosting morning shows today than five years ago. What do you think the biggest reason is?
Besides the fact that we're in the 21st Century, it's a male dominated industry- just like most - but I don't think women thought they could do it. I also think that women didn't encourage one another like they do nowadays. There's nothing better than seeing other women lift each other up and giving high fives!
5) You're now married and the mother of two beautiful children. Have the new perspectives helped you in relating to some of your audience?
Oh without a doubt. It's a total different perspective... it's a breath of fresh air when you can be relatable on different levels. It's more of a variety of relating.
6) You worked in Las Vegas for a time. That was a very different time in your life. Were you taking advantage of a strong party scene along The Strip?
On the strip, at the strip club, on the south side... basically wherever and whenever. The best party scene of my career for sure!
7) If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I have no idea. Radio saved my life. Well, actually my children did, but you know what I mean.
8) What do you like to do in your spare time?
Trail running, beach running, anything that gets my heart rate up!
9) Gold Coast VP/Programming and Operations Brian "Big Bear" Davis and KFYV PD Quay Bangs make up part of your work family. What makes working for and with them special for you?
The two of them have been amazing to work for and in so many ways. They're both mentors in my career and like brothers outside of work! Brian held my hand for a little while, and when I was ready he was proud to see me go out and conquer some markets. Quay has always had an influence on me, and I'm sure it will always be that way. The thing I love about their ethic is they want us to succeed, excel, and do better, inside and outside of work. I'm not sure where else you can find that type of work family.
10) What would you like to improve in your role as morning host this year?
My story telling needs improving.
Who would your husband want to be his "Celebrity Pass?"
Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, and Rhianna...simultaneously!