Music and Mentoring
As PD of alternative KYSR (98.7 FM) and assistant PD/music director of top 40 KIIS (102.7) Los Angeles, Julie Pilat remains a key proponent of modern-rock crossover hits by such acts as the Lumineers, Neon Trees and Grouplove.
| My Mentor: “I couldn’t be luckier. Chuck Buchanan from KLUC in Las Vegas-he does mornings-plucked me out of a junior career day to start working in radio and Mike Tierney was my program director all through high school, not only as a music mentor, but also he is so creative and great at marketing. He really shaped the way I program radio.”
“It’s not like every day I’m putting on my KIIS hat or 98.7 hat. I just focus on music,” she says. It’s a philosophy that’s fared well, as evidenced by the ratings. KIIS remains No. 1 in Los Angeles, according to Arbitron, while KYSR remains a viable alternative to KROQ. Pilat has also been involved in parent company Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Internet radio programming and artist integration initiatives, including one focusing on hip-hop artist Mac Miller, who topped the Billboard 200. In addition, Pilat has worked on station concerts, including KIIS’ Wango Tango and the 98.7 Penthouse at the Historic Hollywood Tower, which has played host to Florence & the Machine, Gotye and others. In November 2011, Clear Channel announced a new brand management team, an initiative that gave Pilat the new additional role of brand coordinator for active rock and alternative. Between it all, she’s found time to continue her involvement in A Place Called Home’s mentoring program and the Stars & Strikes celebrity bowling and poker events for charity.