10 Questions with ... Greg Williams
April 5, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Top 40 KLEO/Wichita, Top 40 KEYN/Wichita, Country KCBQ/San Diego, Top 40 KKRD/Wichita, Top 40/Rhythmic KDGS/Wichita
1. What got you into radio?
It was a love for music that still exists to this day. The ability to communicate and bring animation and emotion with words, music, information, and make it entertaining and fun is a passion that will never die
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a city planner or a UN interpreter. Radio is WAYYY more exciting and fun!
3. What excites you about walking into the radio station every morning?
Everyday brings a new adventure. Interacting with our audience and clients and creating fun and entertaining radio.
4. What do you try to impart to your staff about their work with the radio station?
The goals and expectations of my team are clearly defined. It is a TOTAL team effort. My staff understands what we want to accomplish and what the plan is to get there. I have inclusion from the team in both input and creativity. I want them to feel like they are a part of everything we do from on air to helping sales achieve its goals. I have an awesome team.
5. What would probably surprise most people about Wichita?
It is an awesome place to live that is passionate about Shocker basketball (Wichita State). Which, I realize, should come as no surprise to anyone. One thing is Wichita is home to a lot of current and former NFL players. Many have concluded their playing careers and have returned to open businesses. Many of which are thriving here in Wichita. Another thing about Wichita is that the non-profits in our community are the best in the nation. There is a total community buy in to help those in need on a multitude of levels. It is a loving, caring, supportive community, in every way.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
This is never an easy question to answer. Fifth Harmony "Work From Home", Desiigner "Panda", and Jeremih "Oui" all get pretty high marks!
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
Honestly, I have no clue. This is the only thing I have ever wanted to do...ever. I have been blessed. At some point and time it is a question that all of us in our business keep in the back of our minds. Sports management would be something that I would have a passion for. Marketing at a high level, and anything that helps people and communities would be all things that I have a passion for.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I read, watch Netflix, always seeking information about different things that probably no one would care about. I am a history nut. I love to mow, and work in the yard. It is time for me to disconnect and be in my own universe for a while. Put on the headphones, listen to Johnny Cash, and be in heaven! Nerds really do have more fun and are very cool! LOL
9. As a morning host and PD, your time is in high demand. How do you find time to spend with Necol and your family?
My wife and I both keep busy schedules. I prioritize time with my family and my kids. We make sure that we have at least one night a week that is just for the two of us. I am ashamed to admit that I LOVE to shop, so that is something we both enjoy doing. Shopping is fun when you don't need anything and you find an awesome deal. We both love to be outside. I am that neighbor that has the perfectly manicured lawn.
10. Let's take a peek at 2021. What new artist today do you see radio playing in 2021?
Whew, that's not easy. This is a time where sustaining your success over a long period of time is one of the most difficult and challenging things to do. In reality, you can count the current list of artist that have done this on one hand. It has been fun to watch guys like J Cole, Weeknd, and Jeremih be who they are and have the success that they do. Desiigner has a huge upside, Tory Lanez, Dreezy, G-Eazy, Post Malone, and The Chainsmokers. In our business, five years is like 5,000 years. I hold little confidence that any of these have that kind of staying power. It is something I hate to admit, but sadly I think is true.