Hometown: Decatur, IN
How did you get into radio: At 15, I collected news before and after school. Hung out and watched till someone got sick and they needed help. That led to running Sunday morning church programs. Then a Saturday night show—and off we go.
Favorite part of your job: Working with people. Seriously, having a great team is a great thing.
What kinds of songs are you most likely to add to target your audience: I have the luxury of working with Carol Hughes. She knows the audience, is a lover of music and the girl can pick hits. If she says “Go,” I say, “What category?”
Did you grow up with country music: No, I grew up listening to WOWO. They did play some country. I remember hearing songs like “I Can See Clearly Now” on the bus. I still sing random “bus” lyrics in the office. My first album was Queen, A Night At The Opera.
What’s your favorite and least favorite parts of the job?: I like it all. It is what I signed up for. I enjoy the fact it is different every day and I enjoy seeing people interacting with the station.
Favorite non-country music: Pink Floyd, Rush, Hagar, Billy Squier. I like pretty much everything played on T-95 here.
Favorite hobby: Still have a beer can collection and I like being on the water. I enjoy like photography, it’s what I went to school for and thought I would do. I worked for a studio photographer and for several newspapers.
Favorite beverage: Diet Dr. Pepper (Shut up Raggs! I hear J.R. Schumann laughing)
Favorite food: Hmmm. Crack Snacks! That bar mix they serve during CRS at the Bridge Bar.
Do you now, or have you ever worn a cowboy hat?: Yeah Buddy! I had a Charlie 1 Horse. Black felt. All hat – no cattle. Wasn’t really my look.
Drive a sedan, convertible or a pickup truck?: I drive a Highlander.
Are there any unique programming tricks you use especially for your local audience?: Cash.
Do you ever plan club promotions with new acts are traveling through your area?: All the time. We just did a killer show with Brett Eldredge. Also had success recently with Cassadee Pope and Parmalee. Sorry if I left anyone out. We do it a lot.
Can you remember a station promotion gone bad either recent or earlier in your career?: I’m legally bound not to discuss it for 32 years 5 months and 17 more days.
Is there a country club scene in your marketplace? It’s Kansas. They love Country. Just get a hold of Carol Hughes to get something started!
Do you find promo tours visits helpful when introducing a new artist?: We have a steady stream of visits, it’s what makes country special. There’s an in-house HD Video Production Company here. Some artists put the video on their site and we play them in our lobby. We try and put an artist in front of listeners and strive to deliver a great experience for all involved. Ask around.