04Apr/11

Rockin' the sunshine with Jen Shevlin

 

Jen Shevlin with Trapt

I went to school at UCSD. Just before I graduated I got a job as an intern at Rock 105.3 (KIOZ) in San Diego working for Mikey Esparza at night. There were some crazy things going on in the studio most nights. I’m sure in this day and age you would get fined over. Let’s just say we had a lot of fun. I worked for him for about a year when he got hired to do afternoons at KSJO.

From there I got an actual paid job working in promotions under Shauna Moran. When a full time position became available I jumped at it. It was programming assistant for a few Clear Channel stations in San Diego. I made it a point to learn as much as I could and that included Selector. I helped out Rock 105.3 with music scheduling and eventually became Music Director of KGB. I did that for a couple of years and filled in on-air weekends/vacations. (more…)

22Mar/11

A VIP Pass with Tommy Nast

After realizing that I did not quite have the talent to be the next Mick Jagger or Rod Stewart growing up I figured radio was the path for me.  I grew up in Rochester, NY but moved to Los Angeles to finish High School and go to college. Having great radio guys to listen to like Wolfman Jack, Shadow Stevens, Lee “Baby” Simms and the legendary Jimmy Rabbitt I knew I had to be a rock and roll DJ!  I was lucky enough after college radio to go back to Rochester and be able to get 10 years under my belt  there and in Syracuse before I returned to LA to join and eventually run Album Network.  After that, being a part of Clear Channel Entertainment (Now Live Nation) and AEG Live gave me the great experience of how the live music marketplace has evolved to what it is today. It makes me more well rounded in our business with Rock Band Entertainment currently and the expertise that Craig Lambert and I can lend to any facets of a music project. (more…)

15Mar/11

No Conflict With Ryan Wild

Ryan Wild with Jared Leto

It all started for me doing FREE radio at KALA-FM back in 2000, while I was in college at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  I hosted a weekly Alt Rock show that even had some visitors like O.A.R., Matt Nathanson, Virginia Coalition, Ari Hest, and more.  On the other side of things, I was delivering sporting goods to pay the bills.  From there in 2004, I wound up doing weekend overnights on Country WLLR, and still working for FREE at KALA-FM.  I would move to dayside weekends on AC KXMG-FM, and fill-in on CHR WHTS.  I would stay out of jail by staying busy at all my jobs, then in 2005, I would land overnights at CHR KBEA, then to middays a few months later. (more…)

08Mar/11

Rock Hard with Scotty Steele at KHTQ

Scotty with Zakk Wylde

Started working summers at a KTCV…*vocational college radio* in Tri Cities when I was 15.  Got my feet wet when the instructor got me hooked up producing local hockey games with a small AM in town.  Made some connections and from there got to doing FM Oldies radio. Did a job shadow with Curt Cartier at KXRX while taking high school equivalent classes at the vocational school and showed that I wanted Rock radio as my life long career.  Stayed at KXRX for about 13 years and learned as much as humanly possible.  When the opportunity arose, I got with Rock 94 1/2 -KHTQ- here in Spokane and am able to learn radio from Gary Allen…the dude who taught Cartier the in’s and out’s of AOR/Active Rock Radio. (more…)

27Feb/11

Catching up with Cathy Faulkner

Cathy with Alice In Chains

My Radio career started when I interviewed KISW Music Director/DJ Steve Slaton for a high school English project (I was 15). I interned after that getting paid 10 records per week (yes, in the days of vinyl) and worked my way up from Intern to APD/MD/Nights at KISW. My time at “The Rock” was from 1980-2000.  I was fortunate to work in my hometown during an amazing time in music history and be a part of something truly special that knocked the world on its ass.  The music industry boosted my ego with flattering awards but it was my listeners every night who loved music as much (or more) than I did, that made it all worthwhile. After a brief retirement from radio for personal reasons, I worked for K-ROCK-Seattle, and KJR-FM.  Today, I run my own voiceover business (1994-present) doing voice work for Microsoft, AT&T, American Express, Shell and a slew of other clients. Yes, I’m that pre-recorded bitch that says “We appreciate your call….please hold, we’ll be with you momentarily”. And, YES, I can feel you cussing at me every time I say it. (more…)

18Feb/11

Pants Off And Into The Tub With Jeffrey Naumann

Jeffrey Naumann is a long standing veteran of the music industry with well over 30 years of experience in radio and record promotion and marketing. While at RCA for 12 years he was instrumental in breaking countless bands.  After his stint with RCA he moved to Virgin for 17 years where he was a key player leading to the successful careers of artists such Lenny Kravitz, Rolling Stones, and dozens of other bands.

1. Tell us  the origins of Naumann-ism’s
It started in Junior High School when my closest friends had a similar sense of humor and started giving people nicknames. The first being Jensen. Jensen was sad sack of a kid. The kind that flunked Gym and would wet his pants in class. It evolved over the years and some actually wanted a nickname. It also became nicknames for body parts i.e. “the wall at Fenway park” would refer to a person with a big ass. At one point Michael Plen and I created “the dictionary” which is all the nicknames that were created over the years. To get a sense of all this go to Facebook Groups and join Naumann-ism’s. Quite a funny site. (more…)