August 21, 2014
What are your personal and industry pet peeves?
Orlando, WLLD: Personal: Anytime you’re explaining something, to someone who clearly doesn’t (or in some cases CANNOT BE AWARE) and they respond with a repeated “I know”...HATE IT! Professional: (2) If I don’t like the record so the big dogs come to take you to dinner and talking to every label rep, one after another. They talk so its rude having everyone call at once. Different world now and I don’t have the time to jerk off everyone with an extension.

Jet Black, KHTT: The constant hype of the word "LOCAL" with no plausible way to explain what it really means. It's not just living and breathing the same air as your audience.

Erik Bradley, B96: Personal: People who can't drive, inconsiderate, rude. Professional: People who refer to songs as "the record" or do any of the other annoying crutches that we all know and love.

JB King, KLUC: Industry: Passion levels. Doing it for the love and creativity. Personal: I just need more time in the day. For sleep, workouts, to-do lists, etc.

R Dub! Z90: I detest when Program Directors don’t return emails or calls. Even if it takes a MONTH—cause Lord knows we’re busy—there is no excuse to ignore anyone. Even if it’s just a three-word email, I always, ALWAYS respond to EVERYONE. And you should too. It’s the whole “Do unto others” principle. One day YOU will be the one reaching out to someone.

Java Joel Murphy, WAKS: Personal pet peeve? People resorting to the term “hater” anytime you have a differing opinion. Industry pet peeve? Companies that don’t invest or back their talent during difficult times. Also – the sheer number of know-it-all megalomaniacs that seem to run this biz.

Sean Stewart, WDOD: When a waiter doesn’t write down my order an gets it wrong. When a label has three reps all working the same record and they call me 4 times a week about it.

Sean "The Rabbi" Tyszler, WMMR: Useless details about records...but everyone I deal with is cool.

Roxy Myzal, HardDrive: Personal: People who throw their garbage on the street. When I see them do it, I say something. I will probably end up dead someday. Industry: SPIN POLICE and digital sound files that are not PROPERLY LABELED with NAME OF ARTIST & SONG TITLE. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

Otis, WNKS: My biggest pet peeve of late are lazy or entitled newbies. I remember killing myself to do anything at the station when I was trying to get my spot. It seems nowadays people expect things and whine a lot. Or maybe I'm just old.... "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

Will Calder, WPOW: My personal pet peeve is that I’m more organized in my work life than my home life, which is why I’m still single! My industry pet peeve is that it keeps my home life a hot mess. How ‘bout that paradox, eh? Yes, I just said paradox.

Chad Rufer, KZZO: People who don’t want to work hard for their success and career advancement and just feel entitled.

Eric Chase, WVKS: Personally I despise lateness. In the industry, uninspiring QOTW responses.

Jimmy Steal, Power 106: Just one. We are all privileged to work in an amazing medium, amongst extremely talented individuals, stewarding brands across platforms that engage, excite and inform. As an industry we need to do a much better job of telling our story with a major crazy contemporary Apple-like campaign!

Jared Banks, KUDD: Personally, people who don’t say thank you when you hold the door open for them. Professionally, when somebody doesn’t call you back. If you’ve taken the time to reach out to someone the least they can do is respond in someway to acknowledge that they’ve made the effort.

Chase Murphy, KXXM: People who don’t know how to turn it off and unplug. Balance is important. Entitlement is a close second.

Slacker, WDZH: Personally, I can’t stand people who chew with their mouth open. Industry wise, it would be the spin police.

Skywalker, WSPK: Punctuality or lateness, doing things half-assed. Call back courtesy and lack of mentoring.

Mike Rossi, WSTW: Handling toads (see my Facebook page) and judging on market size alone.

Greg Tiller, Lake County Radio: I'd rather not get into personal pet peeves but here are a few from my years in radio:
*Clients who "know" more about radio than you.
*Copywriters/A.E.s who say "located at." Who says that?!
*Conversational spots!!!! NO!
*Clients who try to make you eat while you're on the air/Jocks who do.
*For Profits that try to sneak advertising off as a PSA
*Operation Directors who rant... oh wait...

Jeremy Rice, WBLI: Personal? WAY too many…Huge one is people that recline their airplane seat in front of me – THIS IS GROUNDS FOR A FIGHT! I also HATE cigarette smoking. You are literally killing yourself and you smell gross! Industry Pet Peeves…Negative people!

Marissa, WFLY: Personal peeves: When people think we make a ton of money, or only work when they hear us, or both at the same time. That’s frustrating. Industry peeves: Those that aren’t allowed to have their personality shine through on the air. Radio is meant to be fun, not so “business” like.

Jeff Hurley, Clear Channel/PA: As an industry we let outsiders paint us in a bad light. We need to be unified in promoting the power of radio in our messaging, and how it should be the base of every media buy.

Kobe, 100.7 STAR: People who rather blow smoke than be up front.

Brad Davidson, Think Say Records: Laziness and people that make an effort to make a bad first impression!

Dustin "Fletcher" Matthews, WRXL: Lenny Diana mostly.

Nik Rivers, WLKK: Lenny Diana

Lenny Diana, WLZX/WAQY: Records battling for the number one position on a chart when they are clearly not hits. Personal: people who enjoy fried onions.

Mase, WKZQ: many damn questions. Oh around here that bitch about their job. Do you know what we do for a living???

Phil Kukawinski, 89X: Personal: Not using your turn signal while driving. Industry: Mass spam emails.

Skip Dixon, WKHI: Hard Copies of new songs not being mailed. Downloads are not the same quality.

David Dyer, WB Records: Cheap toilet paper.

Joe Rainey, Capitol Music Group: Feet.

Brody, WLDI: Personal is people who drive too slow in the passing lane. Industry wise, being judged and treated by your market size.

Bob Patrick, WXLK: Illegal U-turns, open mouth chewers and Dallas Cowboy fans. Alphabet soup, that fact that most new songs are way too over-modulated and Keith Rothschild.

Next Week's Question Of The Week:
With so much new music being released, which songs shouldn't be overlooked?
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Sean Demery, PD


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