Dave Fields, Brand Manager/Mornings 99.5 WKDQ Townsquare Media of Evansville/Owensboro, Inc.
June 10, 2016
1. How did you get started working in the music/radio industry? I started with a college internship with a group of radio stations in Rochester, NY.
2. What skills are required to work on the radio as a dj and morning show host? You need to be able to tell a story in a clear and concise way. You need to be able to make the listener feel like you have a one on one connection with them. Also, you can’t be afraid to try something new and make a fool of yourself.
3. What are the biggest changes that you have seen throughout your career? If you have worked on the radio in other states, is it different than working on the radio in Indiana? If so, how? The biggest change is how technology has changed the industry for both good and bad. The good is that with computers and ipads, we can broadcast live from anywhere there is an internet connection. Live remotes are much easier to do and sound much better. The over the air quality is amazing. The bad is that computers allow voice tracking. This is one DJ the ability to broadcast their show anywhere. You lose some of the local element of radio when you have some one that lives in another state that voice track a show. I have worked in 7 other states besides Indiana and in my opinion radio is the same. You are still trying to be live and local. It is just a matter of knowing the area that you are broadcasting in. From Montana, to Florida, to New York to Indiana, you are still trying to do the same thing, connect with the local audience.
4. What do you like the most about your career? No two days are the same. When I come into the studio, even with the show planned out you never know what will happen. A guest may say something and take the show in a whole new direction.
5. What do you find most challenging about your career? Finding quality dedicated people to work with. With voice-tracking, there is no over-night training ground for DJs to develop their skills. Plus DJs now have to do so much more than just on-air work…blogs, videos, etc…A lot of new people have the illusion that you do your show and go home. It is not like that anymore.
6. What do you find most rewarding about your career? The ability to impact people’s lives. Whether it is making sure they laugh on the way to work to getting that Cancer patient’s dream to come true and meet their favorite artist. There are so man moments that can change people’s mood, day, even life. The fact that I can have a small part in making someone feel better is amazing.
7. What advice would you give to anyone that is interested in starting a career in the music/radio industry? Never say no. If you are interning or at your 1st job and the PD asks you to do something like work the weekend, emcee and event, run the board….do it! Pay your dues and make yourself invaluable to the team. As a PD myself, knowing I can count on someone is a huge plus!