10 Questions with ... "Mean" Jean Fremont
August 12, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started out as an intern with CBS Radio WJHM in the summer of 2009, and was hired to be a Promotions Assistant in March of 2010. After getting hired, I did a year and a half on the promo team, before getting my first fill-in on air shift in November of 2010.
From there I did a few months of both promo and on air, before moving strictly to on air for my last two years in Orlando. I originally started doing weekend mix shows, then moved into a week night rotation, then midday rotation while also filling in for mornings, afternoon drive, and nights while still working weekend shifts during the 102 JAMZ days, and into the switch to 101-9 AMP Radio.
1. What got you into radio?
When I lived in South Florida I would call up the radio stations for shoutouts for different friends birthdays on the weekends. The Saturday night overnight jock at WEDR (99 Jamz)/Miami, Miss Kimmie, eventually noticed that I was calling all the time and we'd talk on my way home from the clubs. One day she suggested that I do radio, instead of Criminal Justice which was my major at the time and the rest is history.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly, I never really knew what I wanted to do. My parents wanted me to be a doctor, and I thought that was what I wanted, to, until I realized that I hate science. People always told me I had a great personality, but I never really thought of radio. Looking back on it, it does makes sense since I was the type of kid who would go to radio station websites to see what the jocks looked like and learn more about them.
3. What was the biggest change in the move from Orlando to Knoxville?
The transition was pretty smooth; I have been mentally preparing myself for my next step in my career for quite some time now. If I would have to pick something I'd say that it's all the free time I have now that I only work one job.
4. Anything in particular that you miss about Orlando?
The people, I built some great relationships over my seven years in Orlando. My first boss in radio, Dawn Campbell, always told me that if the relationship is genuine it will last no matter where you work or how far it is. So I always keep that with me, and continue to keep those relationships.
5. What have you found pleasantly surprising about your new home, Knoxville?
My family here at the Journal Media Group has been so welcoming and excited that I am here. That has definitely helped with the transition; they made me feel like part of the family instantly, so I never felt out of place or like the "new guy" here. Also, the weather, I love that I can walk around outside and not feel like I'm going to have a heat stroke.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Right now I would say K Camp feat. 2 Chainz -'Cut Her Off' or 'awf', like we say here in Tennessee . They love that song out here, and I get hyped every time it plays. Luckily I'm the night jock so not many people see me dancing in the studio when it comes on. Also, still loving "Latch" by Disclosure and Sam Smith.
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I would either be; a police officer (my original plan before I got into radio), a teacher or a grocery store manager, my two backup plans had radio not worked out. I was a Substitute Teacher and worked part time at a grocery store while doing radio in Orlando.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am big into sports so I watch and listen to a lot of ESPN, now that I don't work as much, I am starting to read more, and want to get into more outdoor activities now that I don't live so close to the equator.
9. Are you ready to bust out Rocky Top at a moment's notice and do you look good in Tennessee Orange or whatever it's called?
I have yet to learn that dance, and the only time I've seen it was when Peyton Manning did it a few weeks back, I don't think he's the best teacher. Orange was actually one of my high school colors so it's been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, so I'm good on that end.
10. Hypothetical question...If you were getting married in two months and you could have any group or singer perform at your reception, who would you choose?
I would pick Monica, I've pretty much been in love with her for almost 20 years, and she has an amazing voice. If anybody reading could make that happen, I'll go find a wife.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
I could pretty much eat at Chipotle just about every day, so I'd say Tex Mex? Does that count? If so yeah, Tex Mex.
We're winding down Summer now. Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, what would you personally like to do better as a programmer and air talent?
I just want to continue to let my creativity shine, and come up with good content to keep Knoxville engaged. The people here are pretty receptive, and I just hope to grow that and continue to help Hot 104.5 win!