10 Questions with ... Daniel "Mambo" Herrejon
September 16, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started in1996 at KCAQ as an intern. I got on payroll in '97 and started doing nights with Rico. In 1999 I got fired from KCAQ and hired at KSEQ/Fresno. In 2001 got fired at KSEQ and re-hired at KCAQ. In 2005, I left KCAQ to launch KVYB and got fired in 2008. I was out of a job for 15 months and in Sept. of 2009 I got re-hired at KCAQ! Since coming back in '09, I've been here with "THE TEAM" helping launch new stations and programming KFYZ in Santa Barbara.
1. Anything new in your radio life these days?
YES!!!! On 8-29 we launched an Old School music station fully customized for the Oxnard/Ventura, Ca. Market...KOCP Old School 95.9FM! Rico and I will be handling afternoons from 2 - 6 pm.
2. How has the early response been?
GREAT! People love the music and listeners are spreading the word about the station. I strongly believe word of mouth marketing is the best!
3. Aren't you also programming a Top 40/Mainstream for the company?
Yes! KFYZ in Santa Barbara. It's all music, with the station voice and listeners as the personality of the station. Check it out next time you're visiting beautiful Santa Barbara. Z 94.5FM
4. The Rico & Mambo Morning Show is originates on KCAQ/Oxnard-Ventura and is heard on KQIE/Riverside. How often are you and Rico able to get to Riverside and the IE for appearances?
Rico & I make ourselves available to both markets as much as possible. We try to get out to the IE at least once a week for station events, community events or listener fundraisers. Working with our IE Team (Chris Loos, BamBam and Annette) makes it so much easier for Rico and I to show up to events, take direction from them and make it home to take a nap and do the show the next day!
5. You and the programming staff at Gold Coast are very busy. How do you manage to sleep and find time for your family?
We have a GREAT programming team! (Brian 'Big Bear' Davis, Quay and Ecto-1) We always look out and cover for each other to make sure we are there for son or daughter birthdays, anniversaries, back to school night or family emergency. As for finding time to sleep, I usually rest on the weekends.
6. Letterman, Fallon or Kimmel?
Wow! This is a hard question. I'm a fan of all three. Next question.
7. Your boss, Brian 'Big Bear' Davis, is also a longtime friend and former competitor. When you were competing against him in the market, did you see any new sides to him personally or professionally?
Not at all. Bear and I have always been great friends. Even when we competed against each other we still met up and talked RADIO.
8. What do you think are your strengths as a programmer?
Knowing the market and being a part of the community. Our programming department understands that we give the listeners what they want not what we want.
9. If you could have a celebrity co-host fill in for Rico for one week, who would you choose? Who do you think he'd choose to fill in for you?
I would choose comedian Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias. It's always a good time when he's in studio with us.
I think Rico would pick Sofia Vergara in a bikini because he's always looking at pictures of her and has her as his screen saver at work but for some reason when his wife visits him at work he takes it down.
10. Are you having fun working in radio today?
Yes! There's never a dull moment at work. Everyone on our stations love what they do and you hear it over the radio.
As a veteran personality and programmer, what advice would you offer a radio newbie?
Be yourself and don't be afraid to fail.
If you and Rico were a TV or movie cop team, which would you two be? (And DO NOT say Turner & Hooch)
The cops in 'Super Bad' played by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader