10 Questions with ... Anthony Cantone Heinze
May 20, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I hosted my own show at Wheaton College in Norton, MA before transferring to Emerson College and joining the WERS team in Boston.
1. How did you become interested in radio?
I became interested in radio at a really young age, when my Mom used to yell at me for scrolling through all the Boston stations incessantly in the car. Transferring to Emerson College has been the biggest jump start to my interest in radio. WERS' history and prestige drew me right in.
2. Who are your mentors?
Our GM, Jack Casey, and OM, Howard D. Simpson, have been incredible in guiding me through my time at WERS. Kendall Stewart, the previous MD, has also been an amazing person to learn under.
3. What roles have you already done at the station prior to becoming MD?
I started at WERS last summer as a member of the on-air, web writing and music selection staffs. I continued to work on the on-air and music staffs since then, and spent this past semester programming our Saturday morning show, the Coffee House.
4. How would you describe the music on the station?
WERS plays a really great mix of folk, indie and alternative rock that's collected from multiple generations of music. We're always adding fresh new tracks for our listeners to discover that sound great in rotation with artists they've grown up listening to.
5. What new bands are you most excited about?
Oh man, there's so many. I've been obsessed with Foxygen for the past few months. Alabama Shakes, Lana Del Ray and Frank Ocean are other acts that took over my iPod in the past year. More recently, Kodaline, San Cisco and The Wild Feathers are bands I'm really pumped to hear more from.
6. How are the music meetings conducted?
Each week, members of the music staff pick up a group of albums from the office to take home to review. During each music meeting, staff members take turns playing two or three songs they think will work well for the station. We listen and evaluate each of these songs carefully before deciding if they'll work.
7. What is your typical day like?
I always try to start my day by scheduling a day of music. It's one of my favorite parts of the job, and it's a great way to ease into the day. I split the rest of the day between scheduling mixes, answering e-mails and other daily responsibilities.
8. What is the best advice someone has given you so far?
The best advice has always come from my Mom: "Take it a day at a time."
9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
It's hard to imagine when so much can change in five years! I'd love to be a radio programmer by day, screenwriter/vigilante superhero by night.
10. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without ...
... Beyoncé and honey mustard, preferably at the same time.
Last non-industry job:
Caterer for Redbones BBQ.
First record ever purchased:
Avril Lavigne's Let Go. Classic.
Oh god ... Backstreet Boys. This is getting embarrassing.
Favorite band of all-time:
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time away from work?
I love keeping up with TV shows, watching movies, running and dancing alone in my apartment to Talking Heads.