April 5, 2019

Aside from radio and music, what other professional field would you like to have expertise in and why?

Buster, WFLZ: An English teacher. I like teaching and managing.


Java Joel, WAKS: I don’t know how to do anything else. I have no plan B. If this doesn’t work out, I’m royally effed!

Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: Marine biology so I could go on Shark Week and actually know what the hell I was doing.

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: A TV meteorologist. I’ve always been fascinated by weather, I know a little bit about it, and I’m not afraid to stand outside in a tornado.

Matt Johnson, KSLZ: A lawyer. I can argue for any position. I can see issues from a lot of sides, and I can argue issues from a lot of sides.


Kobe, WWHT: Merchandising and branding in the clothing and/or culture-based areas. I believe it’s a natural extension of my radio career. I get incredible enjoyment out of building brands!

Valentine, WBHT: Graphic design, because I like arts and crafts. However, I never color within the lines.

Rick Vaughn, KENZ: I am a PSIA ski instructor. I’ve been working on higher certifications every season and this year added snowboard as well.


Raphael Opida, WIOQ: Fixing helicopters. Love it and I’m doing it with the Army Reserves.

Max Volume, KOZZ: Radio has opened the door to a taste of many fields. Being involved with charities, organizations and schools gives you experience in fundraising, organizational architecture, managerial pursuits and public speaking. The production aspect lends itself to embarking on not just radio spots for local businesses or a concert promoter, but TV as well. Many have had their mug on TV hocking products for a client. Some events will pair you up with the local TV partner of your broadcast group and have you doing live reports on TV. If you’re good in the studio you could help produce a local band’s album. I have done all of that and even raced motocross, rode in monster trucks and flown in hot air balloons. Maybe you might start writing for a trade magazine, I enjoyed doing that. I got really lucky and had my own TV show, which led to a starring role in a critically acclaimed movie, Nowhere Nevada, where I played the bad guy. I put out 6 albums (4 studio, 2 live) and each one sold 1,000 copies. I’ve opened shows for everyone from Foghat to Aerosmith. either solo or with my band. So, a radio talent can find many professions to “dip your toe in.”



Dan Hunt, iHeartMedia Atlanta: I am a good at washing dishes.

Jammer, WEZB: Airline pilot, weatherman or a Greyhound Bus driver.


Kobi, WNRW/WLGX: Marijuana Dispensary, So I can invest in being a grower and really make some bank!

Jonathan Reed, WNOK: Financial planning. So I would be able to retire on a nest egg because winning the lottery doesn’t seem viable.

Toby Knapp, WASH: I’d like to get back to writing and reporting at some point. Probably music-related/artist-related for a mag like Rolling Stone, although I do kind of have the chance to do so on our iHeartRadio platforms now. Before radio, I was focused on reporting / journalism / writing and would like to get back to more of that at some point. The free press is a pretty powerful thing.

Rob Roberts, Cumulus Media: I wish I knew how to hit a curve ball.



Chris Michaels, FM100: I would be great at Sales. When I have a product or service that I’m passionate about, I’m always telling several people about it, and why they should try it.

Fish, WKRZ: Definitely the psychology and education fields. Those areas really intrigue me. I was in the educational field for a while before I went into radio fulltime.

Mike McVay, Cumulus Media: Race car driver. Not a stock car, but Formula 500. Love the feel of speed as I drive. Legally, of course. On a closed track.

Matt Talluto, WBYR: Concert production. I’ve always loved live shows. To bring the visual of a song to life by using lights, elevating risers, smoke, and lasers. And then watch the amazement on the faces of the crowd. That’d be a great way to make a living.

Emily Wink, WLKK: I’ve been in the radio industry since I left high school. I have degrees in communications and psychology but now wish I had education and background in business. I’m in the process of opening up a vegan pizzeria here in Buffalo. REALLY could have used the know-how for this!

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Real Estate, Finance, Architecture and Home Improvement. Someday, I’ll find the time to take courses in all of them!

Todd Shannon, WAPE: Psychology, so I could genuinely help the people who would come into my office.

Gina Gray, WERO: Anything in the medical field. I’d love to be able to help people in that way.

Rich Davis, KDWB: Well I’m kind of a real estate freak and actually still have a Real Estate license in Tennessee.

R Dub! Z90:
Travel! I’m on a quest to see all 193 counties in the world and have visited 122 to date, including Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, Somalia, and South Sudan. In fact, I am replying to Bob Burke’s email now from the back of a taxi in Sri Lanka (seriously).

Dom Theodore, Radio Animal Media Strategies: Aviation, I would love to fly my own plane. (I might just finish my pilots license and do it anyway).

Buzz Knight, Beasley Media Group: Magician would work so I could make this big to-do list disappear!

Randi West, WMTX: Aviation, Cleaning, and Shiba Inu’s. I’m VERY diverse!


Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia: A gig in the golf world. My game will never be worthy but I could have faked it with a good gig in that universe. And knowing what I know now, I would knocked down some ‘golf doors’ and made it happen. May be my retirement plan.

Bob Patrick, WXLK: When I was younger, I wanted expertise in hitting a slider. Now that my MLB dreams have been long since crushed, I’d love to have a more intricate knowledge of the veterinary field. I love helping animals.

Jason LaChance, Radio Merced: Film and TV. It is my educational background and I have done some TV commercial acting and very small indie film roles.

Kevin Kash, WIYY: I’d work in marketing. Working with a brand that is built and grown to into a rewarding existence. Ok, I’d really like to hit home runs in the “show.”

Next Week’s Question Of The Week:
What one piece of advice that you were given early in your career is no longer relevant today?
e-Mail your responses to: jodorisio@fmqb.com or bburke@fmqb.com