10 Questions with ... Bailey On The Beat
September 15, 2015
1. What got you into radio?
I played basketball and softball in high school and would frequently be interviewed by KLWT, (KLWT-A/Lebanon, MO) who covered most of Lebanon's athletics. I got to know the staff and thought working for a radio station would be pretty cool. As a young musician, anything to do with music for my first job was a DREAM. I applied to be an intern at KCLQ (KLWT's sister station) and became a part of the morning show on 107.9 The Coyote with KC and The Roundman. I was the stunt girl by day, KC Royals board op by night. I spent two years with Pearson Broadcasting and when I moved to Springfield after high school to get my degree at MSU, I landed a job with Midwest Family Radio in their promotions department. I just knew I needed to continue working in radio. I was so hungry to learn more. I've been with MWF ever since.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always, always, always dreamed about being a touring musician. Whether it was playing in a band or playing solo. I picked up my first guitar when I was 12 and started writing songs about that same time, too. I had major stage fright until high school, but when I'd daydream, I'd pretend I was on stage playing for thousands of people. I wanted to be famous for my music...or just famous in general. I was kind of obsessed with the thought of Hollywood.
3. What excites you on the Internet?
Finding new, GREAT music, either from my awesome label reps and friends, or from just browsing Spotify for "similar artists" to my favorite bands. Great music excites me like no other. It makes me feel something that nothing else can ever compare to.
4. You studied Entertainment Management in college. How has your education helped you in your radio career?
When it comes to promotions, events, concerts, organization and planning anything we do with The Beat - that's where my degree comes in. The Entertainment Management department head at MSU, Dr. R, had so much experience in the entertainment industry, but he made us find out a lot on our own. Which at the time pissed me off, but if he hadn't made us learn that way, I wouldn't be as resourceful as I am now. We learned as we went, and that is pretty much what my real world experience in radio has been. I learn as I go. I learn new things every day. Whether it's on-air or when we're on the streets. No one day is ever the same. And I love it.
5. What might surprise most people about living and working in Springfield?
We have more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the country. I think that's an actual fact. Housing is super affordable. We also have great scenery. I'm spoiled with my surroundings here in The Ozarks. It is so beautiful. The cool thing about Springfield is that we're growing a lot, and fast. There are lots of local businesses that are just thriving here. We're like a big city in a little city's body.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley - Powerful.
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I'd be a tour manager, agent, or in A&R. If it's music, I'm in.
8. Are you a musician, too? What do you play?
Yes, I play guitar, sing, and dabble with drum machines and keyboards. But my band mate, Summer, can play any instrument you could name, which is so admirable. She's amazing. We're called Paper Anchors if you want to check us out. We've been working on a new album for a bit and we're both super stoked about it.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
Wheel of Fortune. So I can win $1 million in their Bonus Round, but also so I can shout my answers. Obnoxiously of course.
10. Rapid fire word association:
Food: Gimme. I LOVE food. I love trying new things from different cultures. Vietnamese and Japanese are my top choices. But I'm a sucker for sweets. I get that from both of my parents, so the power has doubled or something. The cravings are dangerous.
Jamie: Most beautiful girl in the universe and the love of my life. She and I have a pretty cool pack at home. Us and our three dogs: Penny, Ralph and Nixon.
Saturday: Working or working. Either with The Beat or on the house that Jamie and I bought about a year ago. We're having a blast making it our own. It's our den. Our nest. Like hamsters.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
SUSHI. I can make entire meals out of sushi. Forever.
Hypothetical...The Bailey On The Beat story is being made into a major motion picture. Who is cast to play you?
Jennifer Lawrence. She's so fantastic. She's my long lost step-sister, but she hasn't found out about it yet.