10 Questions with ... Danial "JIGGY" Diaz
August 30, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I began my radio career in my hometown of Modesto, CA at KHOP@95-1. Since then, afternoons at KEWB/Redding, CA, Nights/APD responsibilities at WSSX/Charleston, SC and KWNW/Memphis, TN for APD/Nights. Currently, I'm back in California where I am the Program Director/afternoon personality at KWIN/KWNN in both Stockton/Modesto, CA.
1. What got you into radio?
When I was in high school, I was making music and performing all over the central valley. After having been in the local newspaper, Chase Murphy, then PD at KHOP@95-1 in Modesto suggested I come in and play some of my music. This led to opening up for station events/concerts and eventually a promotions job. The rest is hard work and history
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I definitely wanted to either become the next Jerry Rice or Michael Jackson.
3. Do you remember the point in your career that becoming a PD crossed your mind?
I can honestly say ever since I started in radio at 18, I've wanted to program. I had been an APD for almost 7 years with the pleasure of learning from amazing programmers. I've tried to my best to take something from each of them. From observing how they managed their brand and groomed their staff's talent; to predicting the hits while living & breathing the format passionately, accurately and consistently. If I was able to apply that knowledge & experience with philosophies I've developed on my own. I knew eventually I could join the ranks of the next generation of programmers.
4. What's it like for you being on the air in your hometown?
I enjoy it! It's nice to be able to have an impact on an area where I grew up through a station/brand I literally grew up idolizing.
5. How did you get the name "Jiggy"?
When I was making music in high school I went by the name of "EmceeGetJiggy." Don't ask. Anyway, I was beginning the on-air chapter of my newly found radio career when one of my mentors, Chase Murphy suggested I just go by "Jiggy." At that moment in my career, he could have told me to wash his car and shave his back; I would have. So a name change was easy.
6. What's your favorite song on the station right now?
Honestly, I still can't get enough of D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty "Broccoli."
I feel it's one of those records that is just built for rhythmic radio in the most current way possible.
Also, I'm a big fan of Kehlani "CRZY." Being that the Bay Area is a hop, skip and a jump away from Stockton; it's already a great song for KWIN.
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I have no idea. Truly. I started in radio when I was in high school. To a 17-year old, that can be overwhelming but I saw it as my key to open up a door to the music business. I've always wanted to work in this business and radio has been my conduit ever since.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I make frequent trips to Los Angeles to visit friends and for inspiration. I'm a big believer in changing the scenery every now and then. LA's always been one of those cities that brings the creative juices out of me.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
I would want to be on MTV's The Challenge or on CBS's Big Brother.
10 Who are your favorite coaches on The Voice?
I'm going to be completely truthful and come off a little harsh here. I cannot stand singing competitions/shows. I think they're completely pointless. Sure they've spawned the careers of a handful of artists but how many years and seasons of mediocrity have we sat through for them? I can't invest my time into karaoke singing. I will say that I tend to agree with Adam Levine when he mentors his team on The Voice. The dude definitely knows what he's talking about. So if I have to choose, I'll rock with him.
If you had to eat one type of meal everyday for a month, what would it be?
I could eat a Club from Jersey Mike's every single day of my life.
If you had a guest in that has never been to Stockton or Modesto. Where would you take them first to fully start their Stockton or Modesto experience?
Miracle Mile on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. This is where you can find people from all walks of life in a city known for being a little rough around the edges. You can find anything from great eat to shopping, hair salons and of course night life/bars. ?