10 Questions with ... JJ Kincaid
September 27, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Lots of call letters:) KDWB, WKST, WNVZ, KHKS and WHTZ.
1) What is your favorite part of the job?
Connecting to our audience in ways I couldn't do during my years in PM drive. We have more time and flexibility. If something is compelling, we go with it for as long as we need to.
2) Are you wearing more "hats" than you have in the past?
This is gonna make you angry; I'm actually wearing less (backwards hat included). I'm not tracking any other shows anymore, so I can solely focus on my morning show. I'm really lucky to be in this position.
3) What are you doing social media-wise?
It's truly a companion to the show. During the show we billboard future segments, contesting, and we use live video during certain features. Post-show, it's all about what's happening in the moment with random memes, posts and awards show live tweeting.
4) Who were your mentors? Who would you say has influenced your career the most?
My dad (who was in the business for years and let me hang out with him and record shows for my friends in the prodroom). Howard Stern (who's content is so compelling that I was often late to school because I was in the parking lot glued to the conversation.)
But it was Dave Ryan and Elvis Duran who really made me want to jump to mornings. Both in my opinion are the gold standard in what makes the perfect Top 40 morning show. They always reflect the vibe of that particular moment and aren't afraid to express the full spectrum of human emotions.
5) What advice would you give people new to the business?
Don't listen to the soured radio people who tell you how it "used to be." Everything is evolving and technology forces us to work harder to compete with so many entertainment options. Those who are bitter are toxic to our mission of being the best we can be at what we do.
6) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
Growing up in Maryland in was POWER 105, WAVA. That station was magic. Don and Mike and all the other jocks throughout the day that made the station a must listen to entity. Why? Because you never knew what was gonna happen next and you didn't want to miss it.
7) What are your favorite show prep sources?
I'm lovin our Premiere prep as well as what Reelworld has. Outside of the prep sites, social media spawns a ton of thought starters and topics. But the biggest? Real life. People watching and observing life (in a non-creeper way).
8) What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
Years ago after I first got to Z100, I woke up one morning and couldn't move the right side of my face. Diagnosed with Bells Palsy, I didn't want to take time off and I voxpro'd words together one at a time while using my pointer finger to move the right side of my mouth for two weeks until that went away. I didn't want to sit at home and dwell on it. Yes, really.
9) What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career?
Live by your gut. You just have to give up something that might be comfortable for something else that could be absolutely amazing! It's scary, but the rewards are soooo worth it. Oh, and NEVER eat listener food!
10) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
I'm such a geek. I moderate the "I Take Pictures Of Studios" Facebook group. It's pure studio porn. Join us:)
For someone vacationing in your market, what one thing would you say they "must see"?
It's not just weed and beer. Colorado is beautiful. Admire the mountains but the sunsets are stunning!