10 Questions with ... Dan Hunt
October 30, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- afternoons at WGZR/Savannah, GA
- nights at WWVV/Savannah, GA
- PD/mornings at WGZO/Savannah, GA
- PD/afternoons at WKPO/Madison, WI
- PD/middays at WWKX/Providence, RI
- PD at WRDW/Philadelphia, PA
1. What got you into radio?
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved media. I have always been a fan of radio, television and film. My love for radio grew into a passion while attending Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. I thank my professors, Bob Gershon and Terry Jaye for all they taught me there.
2. What was the hardest thing about leaving Hot 106 and Providence?
The hardest part of leaving Hot was leaving my staff. We had all worked and been together for almost 5 years and were like a family. I'm proud to say that I have made another family at Wired, as well. Throughout my entire radio career, from Hilton Head to Philly, I have always been blessed with great co-workers.
3. It's been just over one year since you were named PD at Wired 96.5. Can you give me a quick State Of The Station?
Wired 96-5 is really in a good place right now. We have added a bunch of extremely talented people to the on-air team here at Wired 96-5. Steve Tingle joined Chio and Shila in the mornings. DJ Grooves joined us from Detroit to take over afternoons, and Buster joined us from New York to take over nights. Casey continues to hold down middays. We've completely re-imaged the station, currently have some awesome promotions like "Beat the Bomb," and we have a bunch of exciting things in the works. Stay tuned!
4. I believe the world misses your alter ego, D-Pain. Any chance we'll hear D-Pain on the air at Wired?
I have actually retired the name D-Pain and now go by D-Chainz around the office (think 2 Chainz with a D instead of the 2)! I actually have been on the air a couple of times in Philly. The last time I substituted for Buster at night and killed it, averaging 7 meters! I owned the market that night, to which I like to remind Buster of a couple of times a month...a day.
5. Your morning co-host, Shila recently took on Octomom, Nadya Suleman, in a well publicized pillow fight. Will there be a rematch? Any other matches planned...maybe for Buster?
We have talked about Shila taking on Octomom again, but I actually want to go bigger if we are going to do it again. I want it to be the Wrestlemania of D-List Celebrities versus radio personalities. Shila versus Tila Tequila, Buster has a long standing feud with Screech. Grooves hates Vanilla Ice. Casey hates the Tanning Mom with a passion. Tingle versus Todd Bridges? Chio versus Michael Lohan? This would rival a WWE pay-per-view!
6. What's your take on our nation's fascination with deep South-based reality TV...ie Honey Boo Boo...American Hoggers...Lady Hoggers...Call Of The Wildman.
I'm not the person to ask because I'm not a big fan of reality TV. Honestly, I don't get the fascination with those shows. I live my own reality every single day. Give me "Fringe" or "The Walking Dead". Fiction over non-fiction wins with me every time, except I do love me a good Discovery documentary on space or how the world is going to end...
7. When you're not working, what do you and your family like to do around Philadelphia?
I feel like I have seen the Liberty Bell twice a month since I moved to Philadelphia. We like Reading Terminal Market and love exploring the different parts of the city. Lately, we've been going on a lot of tours. Most recently we went on a Haunted Walking Tour of Philadelphia, but my most favorite was the Double Decker sight-seeing tour we took in July.
8. Any advice for a young radio programmer looking to sharpen their programming skills and marketability?
Put your ego aside when people try to teach you things. Just learn everything and anything you can about the industry. Ask questions and take direction well. Everybody that I work with in Philly has these attributes.
9. Obviously Wired isn't the Hip Hop station Hot 106 was but...who do you have beef with? Who has beef with you?
I can't think of anybody that I currently have beef with. In Providence, it seems like I had beef with everyone.
10. One meal of Maine lobster or an annual lunch pass for Philadelphia's best cheese steak?
I'd go with the Philly Cheesesteak every time. I never liked them before I moved here, now I can't get enough. Most places have these Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks which are amazing! Honestly, typing this is making me hungry. They're so good you almost forget that you're ingesting 5,000 calories in one sitting.
If your promotions director, Bethany Kent weren't in radio she would be..._________?
Without question she would be a bank robber with Hillary Stafford. They would be on some Thelma and Louis-ish.