10 Questions with ... Kenny J
October 22, 2013
1) Where and what was your first job in radio? Who influenced your early broadcast career?
First job in radio was in 1989 in Tulsa OK. Influenced my early career: Michael Spears.
2) If you were just starting out in radio, knowing now, what you didn't then, would you still do it? What would do you differently?
Not anything, thankfully I have no regrets.
3) How do you plan to adjust and what are your strategies for being an on-air MD?
Fortunately my schedule has not changed a lot other than starting my days earlier, but with me being a radio nerd, it's extremely hard to stay away. LOVE IT.
4) As a successful on-air MD, what do you see as some of the most challenging aspects of the job?
Not enough hours in a day.
5) As a kid, when you were riding in the car, were you one of those guys whose radio went on before the seatbelt?
Absolutely! But I was not your average listener; I was more interested in what the jocks were talking about, so yes, I got bit by the radio bug at a early age.
6) Utilizing your research and with an understanding of the DFW Metroplex, you have created your own unique tailor-made, sounding station. What specific gender and demographic group is the station targeting?
25-54 and basically anyone who loves R&B music.
7) KSOC has settled in nicely and seems to have established itself as a solid brand. What is the next phase and how do you feel KSOC has contributed to the cultural landscape of this great city?
Continue to monitor the trends of the DFW market. We have a specific lane that we own and that has made an impact.
8) What's your read on the format music-wise nowadays and how do you feel about the future of Urban radio?
The Urban format is strong. That being said there are obviously challenges in this new PPM world that all of us are learning to master.
9) Is Urban radio moving swiftly enough in keeping pace with outside media pure-plan competitors attempting to invade its space, especially given the streaming options growing in auto dashboards?
I can't speak for all Urban radio, but Radio One has been aggressive with growing trends and streaming.
10) As you look back over your career ... any regrets? Missed opportunities?
No not at all.
What would people who think they know Kenny Jay be surprised to learn about you?
I love flying and flight simulators.
What the best piece of advice that someone has ever given you that you still use on a daily basis?
- Be strategic
Name the one gadget you can't live without.
iPad and remote control
Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks
Describe your favorite meal?
Lobster tail with Caesar salad and a glass of cranberry juice.