10 Questions with ... Matt Dishler
October 11, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I began my career at Community Broadcasters in Elmira as an intern and then was taken on as part time for running remotes. I spent three months in Olean, NY with Colonial Broadcasting as an Assistant Brand Manager before coming back to Elmira as the full time night personality on Wink 106 (WNKI) and midday on 100.9 The Wolf (WPGI).
1) How would you describe your first radio gig?
It was really rewarding and I learned a lot. It really helped me transition from the college radio environment to commercial radio. I must have done something good because when they had a full time position open they kept me on!
2) What led you to a career in radio?
I was in a public speaking class in college and my professor liked my voice. He asked if I wanted to be the News Director for the school station and I never looked back.
3) What are your favorite show prep sources?
I use Reel World and Premiere Prep for national, but nothing beats local news stations and papers for local content.
4) What is your favorite part of the job?
Leftover food from sales during the day. But really it's the ability to connect with so many people and (hopefully) put a smile on their faces.
5) What artist would we be surprised to find on your personal playlist?
I have a huge crush on Debbie Harry, so you will find a ton of Blondie.
6) Who were your mentors? Who would you say has influenced your career the most?
As far as fostering my love of radio, my professors Dr. Charles Hoy and Gary McIntyre taught me so much. Since coming to Wink 106 Jerry Mac and Scott Free have taught me a lot while letting me do my own thing.
7) Looking back, which years hold the best musical memories for you and who were your favorite acts at that time?
The biggest influence on me musically would have to have been my first couple years in college. I came from a small town so I didn't get exposed to a lot of music until it became popular. Being able to exchange ideas and see how much great music there was that I had never heard was mind blowing.
8) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?
I have a band with some of my friends from high school and love just getting together and jamming.
9) What is it about our industry that keeps you wanting to do it for a living?
I have always listened to radio and know the power and influence it has on the lives of a lot of people. Being able to be a part of that is a dream.
10) What would you like to do to save radio from its "dying-industry" image?
I think getting industry leaders to stop viewing it as dying and accentuate how important it still is to our communities would do a lot. Radio is a unique place to showcase local talent and I think we should get back to that. If you have a chance to connect and know the voices on the radio it makes it much more personal and valuable.
What artist/act (living or dead) would you love to meet and why?
Freddie Mercury. The man had more charisma in his fantastically groomed mustache than most people have in their entire body. To be around that would be an amazing experience.