What did you wake up thinking about? I commute weekly from the Washington, D.C., area to New York. So the first thing I do is check on my family in Reston, Va. Besides that, it’s how I’m going to manage my time that day. Who am I meeting with, what fires need to be attended to; the list goes on. It’s time management and dress code to match the day’s events.?
Describe a lesson you learned from a failure. Some of my biggest failures have happened when I’ve ignored my gut instinct, so I’ve learned to believe in the little voices inside me. My subconscious is my trusted friend, and now I am a little smarter and wiser when it comes to that. A lot of what we do in regards to programming our radio stations relies on research, and the examination of current trends, but when it comes to picking music or changing formats the best analysis is no match for that confidence you have when you just know something is going to be a hit.?
What will define your career in the coming year? The rate of success we have in growing our company to insulate ourselves from the speed bumps in the economy. That means more innovation in how we engage our advertisers. It means developing new programming that will get ratings. It means connecting our brand to other brands to create something new and unique. One example is our She Can DJ venture with Capitol Records.
?Who is your most important mentor, and what did you learn from them? My boss at First Media Corporation back in the late ’70s into the ’80s and ’90s was Glenn Potter. He taught me some of the best business ethics lessons, like you can’t afford to make enemies in business, never deprive someone the opportunity to do their job well, and always give of your time to someone who is interested in what you do and wants to learn more about the industry you’re in. So much of the foundation that I call on every day was shaped by Glenn and everything he taught me, and over the years, I’ve been eager to share those lessons with others.
?Name a project you are not affiliated with that has most impressed you this past year. I admire the work being done by the Broadcasters Foundation of America. It is a fabulous charity and one of my favorites. I have seen many talented broadcasters who’ve experienced terrible luck, most usually in regards to health issues. The foundation lends them a helping hand.?
Name a desert island album. “Chicago Transit Authority” by Chicago. This was my anthem all through college. Everybody had that album.