10 Questions with ... Cheryl Broz
May 6, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Pace Concerts Houston, during college and after -- KRBE/Houston MD -- Shane Media Consulting, Helped Build Fair Air - Houston, Clear Channel Radio Sales - Houston, Crave Records - Houston/Dallas, Columbia Records - Dallas, Arista Records - Dallas/Los Angeles, Headed Up EMI Music Reactive promotion team - Nashville, HitPredictor, Online Music Research working with Rick Bisceglia and Guy Zapoleon -- Island Def Jam Music Group, Sr. Dir. National Triple A Promotion
1. What got you interested in the record business?
I've always loved being behind the scenes breaking and developing new artists and building the superstars even bigger. I did this when I was MD at KRBE and have ever since.
2. What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
Rock KLOL, Top 40 KRBE, Country KIK and MOR KQUE - all in Houston. I always had a very diverse background in taste.
3. What was the first record you worked to radio?
"Allure" - on Mariah Carey's label Crave
4. Biggest career highlight?
I'd have to say what launched it all! After working at KRBE working part-time right out of college helping them start up their callout research department, I got called into the office by the GM Sandy Gamblin, OM Jim Sartorious and PD Paul Christy and they wanted to promote me to Md! I didn't even know what a MD did but I learned the ropes from Paul Christy and off I went. I was there for six years.
5. Things are changing rapidly in our business. Were it up to you, what would you change in our "system" to give your bands a better shot?
First off, I know there are a lot of great bands, artists and music out there, but if I could change one thing it would probably figure out ways to get all the radio programmers in front of these artists so they could get the true experience from each of these bands, artists.
6. How did the gig at Island come about?
I got a call from Rick Sackheim the beginning of January 2013 and he was just checking in to see how I was doing and what I was up to. I told him I was working with Rick Bisceglia and Guy Zapoleon helping them promote and sell HitPredictor -- also doing some consulting on the side. Rick called me back a few days later and asked to find out if I would be interested in this position. I remember telling him, "Are you serious? Heck yeah, I would love it! That is my type of music - let's GO!" And that's how it came about.
7. What are some projects you are focusing on right now?
Jake Bugg, The Mowgli's, The Airborne Toxic Event, Gin Wigmore, American Authors and Snow Patrol
8. What music do you listen to when you're not working?
Lightning 100 here in Nashville, NPR, Smooth Jazz
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time away from work?
Spending time with my family and two dogs.
10. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without ...
Last non-industry job:
New Life Learning Center working with 6- to 12-year-olds during summer break in 1984
First record ever purchased:
"Beautiful Brown Eyes" -- not sure who the singer was (still have the 45 at my mom's house)
Journey "Escape Tour"
Favorite band of all-time: