10 Questions with ... Tap Money
September 30, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I graduated from Winston-Salem State University in May 1995 with by BA in mass communications. I worked at WSNC while I was in school.
I came to WJMH in 1995 and worked in the promotions department as street coordinator. I did parttime doing mix shows and overnights.
I went to WJWJ with consultant Michael Newman and PD D-Rock in 1999 to 2000.
In 2000, I did nights at WJMH and then I moved to MD/afternoons in 2001 and got my APD stripes in 2007.
1. You grew up in New Jersey. What role did your youth play in getting you interested in Radio?
A lot. Look, I grew up when Hip Hop was getting daytime play in NYC . My favorite station was 98.7 Kiss FM rocking to Ken Spyder Web, Chuck Chill Out and Kool DJ Red Alert and Bugsy . WBLS had Frankie Crocker, Marly Marl and Von Harper. To me it was golden!
2. You're a Hip Hop fan but what would you consider your musical 'guilty pleasure'?
Oh man! LOL! I love Chicago, Hall And Oates along with the Doobie Brothers. But also I dig Maroon 5, Adele, Gwen Stefani, JT, OneRepublic and my main man, Bruno Mars.
3. What do you think is the most important thing you bring to your airshift everyday?
My great voice. (LOL...jk) I think one main ingredient I bring is being able to connect with my audience one on one. I love sharing my own experience with my audience like making life time decisions at the gas pump, Gas or a 6 pack? That's stressful. I feel ya pain fam the struggle is real.
4. What do your see as your strengths as a programmer?
I got to tell you I have learned from one of the best programmer in the game in Brian Douglas. I mean talk about a wealth of knowledge.
My strengths would be my people skills and being able to engage and bridge the gap between sales promotions and programming. I also pride myself in finding and developing talent and the persistent "got to get it done" attitude.
5. Do enjoy working with air personalities on sharpening their game, whether on your staff at JAMZ or within your network of peers?
I love it. I get air checks from talent in different markets asking me to critique them. I have seen former employees leave here and do very well under our tutelage and do great things like actor and E host, Terrence J.
6. We're into the 4th Quarter of 2014. What would you like to improve about your radio game as we approach the holidays?
Make sure we capture and stay in the moment. We are in a business and world of immediate gratification never take time to smell the roses. Remember that people still come to radio for conversation and social relief. Let's hope that we do that.
7. You have considerable experience working in a PPM market. Do you see a significant difference in how an air talent should approach their work in a PPM measured market or a diary market?
To some extent I say, yes but with caution. Look, at the end of the day people have less to no time to waste. There's family, work and school so let's keep it moving but let's make sure we entertain and have them wanting more.
8. Your beloved New York Giants picked up a big win two weeks ago over Houston and on Thursday over Washington. Does this signal the start of a roll for Big Blue?
Yes! We have a new offensive coordinator and new O-Line. It takes time to gel but I BELIEVE in our coach and front office. It only takes one win at a time to start a streak. #Gmen
9. Is New York your dream market?
One of them! lol
10. What's your favorite song on the station now?
Bird Man - Lifestyle
What's your favorite song that you're NOT playing?
Way too many...like Hold You Down by DJ Khaled