June 17, 2016

If you were recruiting new talent for your station,
what qualities would you seek in a prospect?
Toby Knapp, WIHT: Must be crazy, difficult to manage, have significant baggage, live life in startup mode, believes in chaos winning, breaks eggs, pushes edge of envelope to find where it used to be, isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to win, realizes it’s not all about them and keeps listener first, has a bunch of really interesting previous relationships, has swagger, doesn’t wait for invitations, is endlessly coachable and isn’t afraid to be fearless. Oh, and must have had others doubt them, resulting in a chip on their shoulders, with an “I’ll show you how great I am” Muhammad Ali vibe.

Fish Boy, WKRZ: Your schedule needs to be very flexible, you have to wear several hats, you have to be multi-versed especially in the tech areas, and you have to have passion.

Brian Mack, WXXL: Drive, attitude, and must be very tech savvy.

Matt “MJ” Johnson, KUDD: The DRIVE to interact with an audience on-air, online, and on-the-streets.

Tommy Chuck, WIHT: Boldness and initiative.

Jimmy Steal, Power 106: Hunger, passion, social marketing dominance, creativity, Hip-Hop knowledge, uncompromising, unique energized delivery, brand savvy, and great team player.

Mark Adams, KYLD/KIOI: Interested applicants should possess the following attributes: Two to four years of large and/or major market broadcasting experience, an angelic singing voice (tenors preferred), a love of seafood, appreciation of the number “19” and the collected works of Stephen King, fictional bilingualism, (Tolkien Elvish, Klingon, and/or Dothraki), a valid U.S. driver’s license,  have prepared an annotated bibliography detailing both the similarities and differences between the protagonist John Spartan and the antagonist Simon Phoenix in the film “The Demolition Man”, either an advanced degree or a note from a close member of your family excusing the lack thereof, experience in classical dance, (preference given to those proficient in Kathakali of Indian origin) as well as a current resume. Note: utilizing the Comic Sans font will result in immediate disqualification.

Roxy Myzal, Hard Drive: Passion. Uniqueness. Socially adept. Team player.
Java Joel, WAKS: Someone that doesn’t think like a “radio person.” Someone that just wants to entertain. Someone who is always tapped into what’s hot, current and NOW. A great work ethic, a fun personality, a SMART rule-breaker.

Mark Medina, Z100: Work ethic, and fit with existing team.




Jared Banks, KUDD: Honesty is first.  You can't teach that. Honest people are people you can trust to learn things the right way and be accountable when it doesn't go as expected. After that you need personality. Everything else a trained monkey can do. But you cannot make someone have personality! 

Randi West, WMTX: Good attitude and PASSION.  The rest I can teach you.

Dom Theodore, Radio Animal Media Strategies: I look for people who are interesting, different and compelling... misfits... people that make me laugh, unusual characters. They usually make the best radio.

Gina Gray, WERO: Dependability, trustworthy, responsible, team player, quick learner, good people skills…and a good coffee maker...oh wait I just described myself!

Kobe, WWHT: Someone who welcomes challenges, is easily adaptable, outgoing, and customer service oriented.

Sean “Rabbi” Tyszler, WMMR: Must be active in social media/current events, in tune with popular/current rock music and must be a friendly person who can interact with listeners.

Tony Waitekus, WHTQ: As a matter of fact, I am looking for a Top 40 morning person. Someone who can be focused, fast and funny, do production, imaging, public appearances and knows why it’s important to shake hands and kiss babies. Knowledge of music scheduling is helpful.

Reid, KZZP: Need to be media savvy and have a rock solid work ethic.
JB King, KLUC: Creativity & passion for both on-air execution and social media, as well as, a self-motivator who just wants to win.

R Dub! Z90: I’ll tell you what I’m not looking for: an aircheck where the break starts with “Caller 9 to win tickets to the fair.” Nine out of ten start that way. Listening to airchecks used to be fun, now it’s mundane. Need some personality please!

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: The ability to be humble, creativity, a strong work ethic, friendly, positive attitude, competitive, works well with others and a passion for what they do.

Eric Chase, WVKS: How is their social media presence? How many platforms do they have and what's there engagement level?

Jeff Hurley, iHeartMedia: A fearless attitude towards embracing technology.  We’re past the age of “slowly figuring it out as we go along.”  Social media, digital skills and 24/7 content creation need to be a part of someone’s DNA from day one. 

Derrick Cole, WLAN: Being able to multi-task is a huge plus in 2016! For on-air talent, I'd love to see their personality shine through because that is what makes the difference between a talent being a "jock" versus an on-air personality.

Brian Michel, iHeartMedia/Atlanta: Qualified, self-motivated, not a douche.

Chase Murphy, KXXM: Working transportation.

Heather Deluca, WSJO: Ambition. A passion for music and entertaining. Verbal and conversational speaking ability. Someone who is outgoing and also not afraid to throw out ideas. More than anything, a team player with confidence but not ego. Oh, and if they can make me laugh, BONUS POINTS!

Matt Talluto, WBYR: Entertaining and real. If they don't LIVE the life style, they should at least be able to relate. No fakes!

Sassy, WKXJ: Someone who is reliable. Not taking time off every two days.

Chris James, WQXA: Great personality, quick thinker and a great-sounding audition MP3 in two minutes.
Next Week's Question Of The Week:
Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back for another season, what other TV series
or (classic) sitcoms would you like to see return for one more season?
e-Mail your responses to: jodorisio@fmqb.com or bburke@fmqb.com


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Brad Savage, PD
WAPS/Akron

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