Rock N Roll! Mark “Elwood” Mailler here! I was born and raised in beautiful Jersey and a proud Monmouth University Graduate. I am 34 years old and currently live in Chicago. I am the Program Director and Morning Drive Host at WRXQ Q Rock 100.7 right outside of Chicago in Joliet, IL. I got into Rock Radio in college and got my first gig at WCHR The Hawk right on the Jersey Shore (I am not Italian, I’m Polish, so no fist pumping) From there I headed down south to Myrtle Beach, SC and spent many years at WKZQ where I pretty much did all day parts and learned a ton about the business with some great people including my best bud Mason Brazelle. After 7 years at KZQ, my wife was given a promotion to head the finance department at House of Blues Chicago for Live Nation. So I sadly had to leave KZQ and head north to Chicago. After a short run with IHEART radio and Good Day Chicago TV, I was given the chance to host Morning Drive at WRXQ and jumped all over it. Worked side by side with great programmers and personalities such as Mark Zander, Tim Dukes, and more. In 2014 I became Program Director and decided to make a change as WRXQ was a Classic Rock Format. I slowly began playing more Active Rock, 90s, and 2000s to move the format forward in the Rock Radio World. Huge Thank you to John Perry of WIIL who let me annoy him on a daily basis for info and more. The last 4 years have been some of the most exciting years in my radio career and can’t wait to see what’s next! (more…)
I was born and raised in Chicago. I got my career started in suburbia. I landed my first gig in the big city and saw first-hand the birth of the Active Rock format as a weekender/swing jock at WRCX ROCK 103-5 in 1994. I logged on-air time in the CHI at WCKG, WLUP 97-9 The Loop (teenage dream come true!), WZZN 94-7 The Zone, and WDRV 97-1FM The Drive. I was interspersed over the years…weekender at the legendary 93 ‘QFM in Milwaukee and Creator/Host/Producer of The Rockin’s 80’s national radio show, heard all over North America for 10 years. Now I’m the PD/Afternooner at WXRX in Rockford – a return to the scene of the crime for me; I did a Saturday Night request show here on The X in early ’94!
Without a doubt, listening to KISW in the late 70’s and 80’s was my biggest influence. “Those Dudes” Langan and West, Gary Crow and Bob Hovaines, and Steve Slaton . . . The things they were getting away with on the radio sounded like a helluva party. A party that I wanted an invitation to. Amazingly, after an internship at crosstown KZOK, and a typical “First Gig” in Palm Springs, I somehow convinced Beau Phillips and Jon Robbins to not only let me in the door, but put me on the air – giving me the chance to work with a lot of my idols. It was ridiculously hard not to totally geek out the first few months. Moving around, I’ve worked directly with, and learned from, some amazing people . . . Sky Daniels, the great Steve Young, Dan Persigehl, Bob Neumann, Buddy Rizer, Joe Bevilaqua, Dan Michaels, Bill Cahill . . . all have influenced me in ways I can’t begin to describe, and I often find myself telling my staff the same things that they told me. Dammit! I’m turning into my “Radio Dads.”
- KISW / Seattle: 1987 – 1997 (Pretty much everything – started dong weekend overnights, finished in PM Drive)
KZZP / Phoenix: 1997 – 1998 (Mornings)
DC101 / Washington, DC: 1998 – 2006 (PM Drive)
WBIG / Washington, DC: 2006 – 2010 (Mornings)
WVRK / Columbus, GA: 2011 – 2013 (PD / PM Drive)
KKBZ / Fresno, CA: 2013 – Present (PD / PM Drive)I also wrote and performed comedy for the ABC Comedy Network in the 90s, before leaving Seattle.
Cranked Up Live is a syndicated weekly 3 hour hard rock radio show and 1 hour hard rock video show hosted by Curtis McKinney and Brad Hennington. Started in 2009, the show was originally known as The Metal Shop but was changed in 2013 as the format and music genres of the show were expanded. The radio show is a combination of music, comedy, talk, and interviews along with the ‘Advice from the Desk of Mr. Holland’, the ‘Cranked Up Five’, ‘Psycho Picks’, ‘Block of Rock’, and the ‘Joke of the Week’.
Cranked Up Live now has 4 studios (New Mexico, Hawaii, Texas) and a staff that works tirelessly to produce a quality product ever week. The show is now heard on over 65 stations around the world and growing all the time. It has also expanded to a show on MeeMeeTV. – Every week the show is filmed in the New Mexico and Hawaii studios, condensed to a one hour video version and distributed to viewers. It has become one of the biggest shows on MeeMeeTV and just wrapped filming the second season. (more…)
Skateboard Marketing Ltd. has been at the forefront of independent metal radio promotion for the past 25 years since forming in 1991. The company has worked legendary rock and metal heavyweights such as Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera, Soilwork, Testament, Morbid Angel, Black
Label Society and Kid Rock, among countless others. Skateboard Marketing operates within North America and is located in New York. Their concept is to get radio airplay in any place that has metal or rock programming. They still believe in artist development and building a fan base for the unknown artist. Every band has their time to shine, but that takes artist development.
Skateboard Marketing Ltd owner, Munsey Ricci, is a former PolyGram Records executive who was the Director of National Metal Promotion from 1989-1991 and created the first metal department for the label and all affiliated labels, including
Mercury, Polydor, RooArt and London Records. Ricci also worked for the famed Combat/In-Effect Records in Hollis, Queens. Ricci was also on the editorial staff and collated the magazine for CMJ Media and a former syndicated radio programmer prior to PolyGram Records. Ricci spent 5 years as MD/PD for his college station WQCC while attending college. (more…)
By Beatrix Danko
I did some College Radio with a friend of mine. 3 semesters at WUSC (Home of the USC Gamecocks.) We were supposed to play music, but we ended up writing a bunch of skits and performing them for our drunk friends on air. They were the only ones listening. Our show was Tuesday nights 2am-4am, and we eventually got kicked off for a small fire we accidentally started that I’m pretty sure was not our fault, but not positive.
After college I traveled a bunch, when I ran out of money, I came home and got a job at WARQ in Columbia, solely because I was friends with the promotions director and they were in desperate need of someone to run the boards while everybody was out doing live remotes. No intentions at that point of getting into the industry.
I moved to Charleston in 2003 to run a restaurant/bar. Knowing I had no no intention of doing that for a living either, I walked into WYBB and WCOO with the hopes of landing a sales job. With no sales experience, they said “you need to quit playin’, and stop actin’ so crazy,” or something like that. Luckily, Mike Allen (the best Operations/Programmer guy in the biz) said, I need a weekend jock so I picked it up as my second job. Then people started listening to me, moved up the ranks, and here we are…..Head Trash Taker Outer….plus, I program our Active Rock and Triple A stations, while Managing Operations and playing loud rock n roll in the afternoons during my show, “Happy Hour w/ Potter.” (more…)
“I grew up in Montville, NJ… and just loved music! I loved DJing because it was a chance to turn people on to new music, and I loved to talk about music, and I realized that a big part of promotion was exactly that.” – Dave Lombardi
By Beatrix Danko
Dave started DJing at dorm and frat parties while at Rutgers, and eventually moved to the school pub and then to a couple local clubs. He also joined Garden State Record Pool and quickly became the point person for Alternative and Rock music, writing for the pool newsletter and helping the pool director track down the right records for members.
After graduating, his first job was as Head DJ for the 94th Bomb Group in Fairfield, NJ, and a couple of months later, as a way to build positive industry contacts, started his own record pool. He DJed at the China Club in NYC and at the Loop Lounge in Passaic Park, NJ.
Dave’s first label job was Club Promotion Manager for Island/4th & B’Way; he left there to start up an Alternative Radio Promotion division for Pellegrino Promotions; followed by almost 13 years at Warner Bros. in Burbank, starting as the Alt Radio Promotion Manager and eventually becoming National Director Promotion, Rock Radio. After WB, spent a few years at Arista as Senior Director of Rock and Alternative Promotion, and then moved to the Capitol Music Group and Astralwerks as Head of Promotion. Dave spent over 11 years there, becoming Head Of Promotion for Caroline, then a part of the Special Ops promo team, and finally VP of Promotion, for Caroline once again.
In June, Lombardi has joined the NEW YORK team at In2une Music as SVP Promotion of Rock Formats. (more…)
“We never want to isolate our female audience and while I can connect with them differently, I can also relate to what men want. Rock N’ Roll isn’t just music, it’s a state of being & it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman.” -Jade Springart
By Carl C. Sundberg
Jade Springart lives for rock n roll. As the music director of one of the most legendary rock radio stations in the country – 101 WRIF – she bring the Rock to Detroit Rock City. She hosts Saturdays from 9a-2p on 101.1 WRIF, middays from 10a-2p on the Riff2, WRIF’s HD2 station, and hosts a new music show The Undercover Sound System Mondays on Riff2 as well. And in true Detroit fashion, Jade Springart worked hard to get here. Rising through the ranks, paying her dues, taking every opportunity she was given and dominating, she seems destined for this line of work. And maybe she was.
As a kid she remembers listening to Karen Savelly and Ken Calvert every day on the radio in Detroit, MI. Once, her mom won a prize on air and Jade thought it was the coolest thing ever to hear her mom talking on the radio. After she graduated high school, she met a couple people who worked in radio and thought it was awesome. In college she pursued an internship in radio. After stepping foot in Great Media Detroit building for her first event, she knew this was what she wanted to do. (more…)
“When I started here [at WZBH 93.5 The Beach] two months ago, I heard Dave [Grohl] owns a home in Rehoboth Beach and visits several times a year. We get Dave sightings from listeners to alert us when he’s in town. If I could meet Dave before Frank Pain, that would be awesome.” – Johnny Maze
By Carl C. Sundberg
At first, Johnny Maze strikes you as a tough son-of-a-bitch, the kind of dude you wouldn’t want to cross. Before your first conversation is over, you realize…he is that guy. What else can you expect from a kid born in Jersey and raised in Houston? But what else you realize is that it’s very clear the guy has a massive heart, sharp sense of humor and complete laser focus when you talk to him. Some people you talk to, you can tell they’re not really listening. They’re waiting for their turn to talk. Not Johnny Maze. When you talk to Maze, he is listening, intensely. To every word you say. It’s at once disarming as it is comfortable. And it is probably the secret key to Maze’s epic career so far and what will carry him even farther. If you want to make it anywhere in the radio business, you have to be able to listen. (more…)
“I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of rock icons; Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Michael Hutchinson, Peter Frampton, oh and Little Richard pinched my butt. I was at a chateau in Italy with U2, and Bono served wine with the caveat that there were no preservatives/no hangovers. Was that true, you ask? I don’t know…I was drinking tequila.” -Robert England
By Carl C. Sundberg
Some people are funny, some people are not. We can all pretty much agree on that. But when it comes to the people who are, in fact, funny, being around them brings up the mood of an entire room. It’s a gift. Funny people are rare.
Robert England is indeed, one of the rare breed of humans who are in fact, genuinely funny. Not in any sort of forced, “hey look at me, everyone!” sort of way. No, Robert England is naturally funny like Tom Cruise is naturally handsome.
Like Lady Gaga, he was just born this way.
At least, to us mortals of the comic persuasion, it seems that is the case. (more…)