10 Questions with ... Qui West
June 28, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I began my radio journey in 2006 as an intern in San Francisco where he developed a love for radio. From there, I landed a weekend on air spot with KYLD (Wild 949). Then I hit the majors and worked at Houston's legendary hip hop station KBXX (979 The Box). I had the No.1 rated night show in the market for almost 4 years. After coming home to San Francisco briefly at KRBQ, I found a new home, in the I.E. on 99.1 KGGI.
1. What got you into radio?
I didn't find out about radio until I got to college. It never was even an idea! I happened to take a sports broadcasting, where my teacher told me I may have a knack for radio. I was 19 years old and also eager to be apart of all the cool events happening in the Bay Area. I thought what better way to get into the scene than to be apart of "The Bay Area's Party Station Wild 949". Eventually, I got an internship there and immediately fell in love with the lifestyle. I would see the van drivers do call-ins from the streets and think to myself, "I can do that". It didn't take me long to know, I wanted to do radio for a living. It was the first job I had ever felt passionate about.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
Growing up my main passion was sports! Of course I wanted to be an athlete lol. In high school realistically, I decided I was going to pursue a career with a sports organization. Something behind the scenes with a major team.
3. What was the biggest change in the move from the Bay Area to Southern California?
First off the weather is a lot hotter out here, which I love! The transportation is different also, In the Bay Area, especially San Francisco, everyone walks and takes the train. In Southern California you HAVE TO drive! I also didn't realize how massive Southern California is. There is a lot more out here than just Los Angeles, you have the IE, the OC, and San Diego. There's a ton to do out here!
4. Aren't you also on the air in San Diego?
Yes! I just started doing weekends at the NEW Hip Hop and R&B station Jam'N 95.7 in San Diego! It's actually my first time working in multiple markets at the same time. I'm really excited to be working in beautiful San Diego and help my PD Rob Scorpio take this station to the top!
5. You're family has grown in 2016. How has young Jacob impacted your life as it pertains to radio?
It's been a blessing to become a father! I definitely don't sleep as much anymore. I try to have a good balance between work and daddy time. I feel the focus in my career is stronger than ever because my decisions not only affect just me. It's also been cool to relate to my listeners who are parents. Listeners love to share their experiences with their kids, and their opinions about parenting.
6. Ever miss Houston?
Absolutely, I have so much love for Htown! It's my second home. I was blessed to live there. It's where the name "Qui West" started and still carries the most value. I visit once or twice a year, and when I go back it feels like I never left. I hope I have the opportunity to do radio out there again. It'll really mean a lot to me.
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you would be doing professionally?
If not a male gigolo, then I'd probably do something with professional sports. My major in college before switching to Mass Communications was Sports Management. So, something behind the scenes of a major sports organization I'm passionate about, like the San Francisco Giants or Golden State Warriors!
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I'm not on the radio, I'm usually earning a buck being a DJ somewhere. If I'm not doing anything music related, I love to follow sports, or binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
Family Feud! I randomly love that show.. One of these days, my family and I need to go on the show and put in some work.
10. Why did the Warriors end up losing to the Cavs?
Lol! You just had to go there! First of all, congratulations to the city of Cleveland. They deserve it.
The game 5 suspension of Draymond Green, and the injury to Andrew Bogut hurt us big time. Harrison Barnes missed every open shot imaginable, and the game 6 drama with Steph and Ayesha Curry became distractions. LeBron went from villain to hero real quick. Cleveland was able to swing the momentum in their direction and never looked back. It hurts, but the Dubs are young and will be back in 2017, believe that.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
It would have to be a tie between pizza and spaghetti! I'm a big fan of pastas, and honestly who wouldn't want to live a life full of pizza.
Do you have a celebrity crush? Do you know your wife's celebrity crush?
I honestly don't think I have a celebrity crush. I know my wife's crush is Pitbull. Funny enough, people have told me I look like Pitbull. I actually dressed like him for Halloween a few years ago. Maybe that's why she married me.