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Today (Feb. 13) marks National Radio Day and to celebrate, your favorites from 92.5 XTU share how they got started and offer advice to those looking to get into the industry.

Andie Summers:

How long have you been in radio?

I’ve been in radio for 26 years

What made you want to be on the air/radio?

I used to want to go into TV, but fell in love with country radio

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

My advice for aspiring personalities is to always be available and always be open to honing your craft. The greats in this business are always striving to be better.


Dave Cruise:

How long have you been in radio?

Including college, I’ve been in radio since 1988, so … 33 years!

What made you want to be on the air/radio?

I wanted a job where I could wear sweatpants everyday, but I’m not in good enough shape to be a personal trainer, so radio was it!

Is there a person or person(s) who inspired you to get involved in the radio industry?

I went to the same college as a high school friend of mine, and his dream was to be a radio dj. I accompanied him to the local station to apply for a job, and, just gor fun, applied as well. FYI – he’s a radio program director in Iowa now!

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

Buy a lot of sweatpants.


Donnie:

How long have you been in radio?

Right out of college – 13 years

What made you want to be on the air/radio?

I used to record myself DJ’ing radio shows in my bedroom growing up and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Is there a person or person(s) who inspired you to get involved in the radio industry?

After having to do a speech in front of class in college, one of my professors in college, Dr. Nielsen, told me I had a good voice and fun personality and that he was trying to start a radio station at the school and wanted me to be one of the founding members.  Never looked back after that.

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

No matter how much you know or think you know, you still have so much to learn.  Be a sponge and soak up any and all information from radio veterans. Pay your dues and stay patient, stay very patient!


Charlie Maxx:

How long have you been in radio?

30 years  (It actually hurt when I did the math!)

What made you want to be on the air/radio? 

I have always loved music and when I realized there was a job where you got to talk AND play music – sign me up!

Is there a person or person(s) who inspired you to get involved in the radio industry?

It wasn’t a person, but a radio station!  Z100 debuted when I was in High School in NYC and I remember listening that summer not really knowing what all of it was but knowing that I wanted to be part of something like that!

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

Learn EVERYTHING!  Even if you don’t want to be in sales, or production, learn it!  It makes you that much better at what you eventually want to do.  This is a tough business, get ready to be knocked down, but always get back up.


Razz:

How long have you been in radio?

My first paycheck Spring of 1982. WACB, Kittanning, Pa. 39 years. 20 of those in Philadelphia.

What made you want to be on the air/radio? 

I was working on the Slippery Rock University radio station during my sophomore year. I saw it open before me, I changed my major from Computer Science and never left the radio station.

Is there a person or person(s) who inspired you to get involved in the radio industry?

I used to listen to the radio under my pillow when I was a kid. I was a fan of radio. The first DJ who lit my imagination was Dan Ingram on 770 WABC.

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

If YOU want to be on the radio. Read, listen to ALL kinds of music, and have fun.


Nicole Michalik:

How long have you been in radio?

20 years (!!) including my internships.

What made you want to be on the air/radio? 

I’ve always been a talker, performer, and loved pop culture. I have a vivid memory of my kindergarten teacher calling me a “riot.” I performed “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on my aunt’s mantel in July when I was 3.  I was the first to volunteer to be on our local AM radio station when I was in 2nd grade for Catholic’s Schools Week.  I was President of my Student Council in High School and I had to do the morning announcements and would always to try to make them more fun.  When I got to college and had my first internship at a PR company, I used to listen to the radio all day.  A woman I worked with there was related to the Marketing Director at the Top40 station and she had me send her my resume.  I started as an intern (no pay, no college credit), and was hooked from the minute I stepped in the door.

Is there a person or person(s) who inspired you to get involved in the radio industry?

The sad part is was I was growing up, there was no prominent women in radio.  By the time I started my internship, Christie (who’s real name is Roula) was doing mornings on the Top 40 station and then went back to Houston and got top billing on her show there.  I said, YES, that’s what! I was fortunate that my first boss, Brian Bridgman, saw something in me and said, you have what it takes.  And then I had some more amazing bosses after Brian who also kept encouraging me and gave me some incredible opportunities.

Do you have any advice for aspiring jocks or those who are interested in this industry?

Things have changed from when I was in college, since there are less internships. Start at your college radio station or if you are close to a station in a smaller market, contact to the program director and ask if you could shadow them.  Make a demo tape and send it to different program directors around the country and ask for feedback.  Also, start a podcast so you get used to equipment and talking.  And the most important?  Have a GREAT attitude and incredible work ethic.  That is something you can’t teach and it’s priceless…integrity is everything.