cheap ClomipheneKEARNEY MO — For Brian Watts, the general manager of Kearney radio station 102.7 FM, his collegiate educational path didn’t lead him to a career in radio, but his life experiences did.
“I have a degree in parks and recreation management and web graphic design,” he said. “I got into radio in high school. … It was an after-school job to start with. I did some programming plus ran the board for the football and basketball games when the announcers were out at the stadiums. I also kind of held down the fort on the weekends when the main guys weren’t there.”
What would surprise people most to learn about your job?
“It’s not just sitting here listening to music all day,” Watts said. “I listen to the radio station for maybe two hours total during my day. The other times I’m recording people, interviewing people or doing those other bill-paying type of things running the radio station.”
Would a 10-year-old you be surprised that you are in this position or field?
“I don’t think so because when I was about 10, I can remember when our neighbors were babysitting and we played radio station in our basement,” Watts said. “We had one of those Fisher-Price tape recorders and a record player and we would put on the music on the record player. When the music would stop, we would do our little announcements and start the next song. We were recording all of it.”
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
“Because I am the main person who works here at the radio station, I have to wear all these hats and keep everything spinning at the same time,” the station general manager said. “I have to keep on top of the bookkeeping, on top of the weekly programs that come in, the interviews and setting up interviews and times for people to come in.”
What do you like best about this job or field in particular?
“My favorite thing about working at this particular radio station is getting to meet all of the different people that come in from around town,” said Watts of Kearney and 102.7FM. “I’ve been in town for about 18 years, but this is really the first time I’ve gotten to meet new people and really get to know them, especially the business community. It’s different than me just going into their stores.”
When outside of the workplace, when you meet somebody new, what tips you off that someone works in radio?
“I don’t think you do know until someone tells you that,” Watts said. “We have all sorts of people who volunteer for the radio station that you wouldn’t think would be in radio. We’ve got older people, younger people and people from different walks of life that volunteer to do voice-overs or have some other skills. I would just say the one thing they all have in common is a passion for it.”
What advice would you give someone starting a job similar to yours?
“Get as much practice as you can and try different areas in radio,” he said. “A lot of people think if you’re in radio you’re a disc jockey, but that isn’t always the case. You can be an engineer or on the management side or be on the production side where you are just recording things or people. There are all different aspects of it. You don’t have to be a great music lover or have a lot of knowledge of music. You can do those other things in radio and be just as successful.”
- Article courtesy Courier Tribune – Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at email@example.com or 903-6001