October 22, 2014
Who was the best boss youíve had throughout your career and what qualities made him/her such a good boss?
Nikki Nite, KDND: Cat Thomas (VP/Programming Entercom Austin) , Kurt Johnson (VP/Programming CBS Dallas at the time, now at Townsquare VP/ Programming), Brian Purdy (Market Manger CBS Dallas). Theyíre all great professionals that are great with people. They all know how to motivate individuals, individually. That is a leadership skill I admire a lot.

John Mayer, WRVW: Best bosses go back to the beginning. I have been very lucky! I started with Trey Morgan and Jagger paving the way, then working for a few years with Stan Priest before joining Brian Mack for a bit. Now Michael Bryan is someone I lean on for a lot of knowledge. I have never had a ďbadĒ boss. I have honestly adopted a little bit of all of them into the way I approach things now and not sure I would be where I am now without any one of them.

Chris Michaels, WMC: Chris ďHollywoodĒ Mann was one of the best bosses I could have asked for. He helped me grow to where I am today by teaching me anything I asked. Together we were a great team. Randi West and Cat Thomas were also great mentors who always coached me and pushed me to grow.

Valentine, Y100: Iíve had a few that really gave me a wealth of knowledge, so I refuse to pick just one. For sure Alex Tear, known to some as ďAT,Ē has given me the tools to mix everything Iíve learned from the past and take it to the next level.

Matt Johnson, KUDD: Tony Tilford at WTUE in Dayton was a guy who I really, really wanted to win for, yet he never made me feel too pressured.

Chad Rufer, KZZO: A three-way tie between Steve Goldstein, Steve Salhany, and Todd Lawley. All three managed me in a different way at different points in my career and taught me a lot. Goldstein was more hands on at an early point in my programming career and taught me a lot about creating a strategy and building a brand. Todd Lawley challenged me to program from my gut and be prepared to accept the successes/consequences that came with it. Steve Salhany believes in empowering good people to do their jobs and not micromanage them. He accepts that ďIím a little differentĒ and gives me enough rope to hang myself or win big. Thankfully, itís been the latter of the two.

Kobe, 100.7 STAR: Mike Danger taught me the basics of being a jock, then helped me refine my skills and become polished. He also has some of the best ears in the game. Nikki Nite taught me how to manage people, and how if you lead the right way there is nothing your staff won't do for the sake of the team. Those two have their collective fingerprints all over my skills-set.

Mase, WKZQ: Mark McKinney...He was my first PD (of 2). Just the most easy going, laid back, nicest guy to ever work for. He was PD of our Classic Rocker as well as our OM. So he really let me do what I wanted to do with KZQ. I just had to give him a heads up and a reason I wanted to do something he was cool with it.

Kevin Kash, WWEG: I gotta go with Jon Zellner. He's always been inspirational to me and recognized my talent and potential. I'm very grateful to know him. Also, special props to my current bosses Fred Manning and Kym McKay for being so gracious while I have been recovering from health issues.

Paul Kriegler, Lotus Radio-Omaha: Chuck Browning. If you ever worked for him, you'd understand why.

Jared Banks, KUDD: Iíve had great luck with my bosses. I have learned a ton from each of them and still consider most if not all friends. Zac Davis was a great teacher and is still one of my best friends. Kane was a great magnet that helped grow a fantastic staff vibe that Iíve yet to be a part of since leaving FLZ. Tommy Chuck showed me you didnít need to be the star to be a great leader. He really lets others shine. Jeff McCartney was great at giving others the space and freedom to be creative in their own ways. Matt Johnson is really a sum of all those things now here at KUDD. Bringing the art and science of our business together and being able to teach it to others.

Brian Mack, WXXL: Dan Mason wanted to challenge the boundaries of radio promotionally and branding-wise. Just being there was not good enough. Kevin Metheny, he just invested in me in every way and legitimately saw something in me and made me believe it as well. #RIP. Rod Phillips gave me one of the biggest shots Iíve ever had. Made me MD at Y100! Pretty awesome! Taught me the ropes! Put me in my place when I needed it. Alex Tear is a master of balancing great radio, great communication, inclusion, imaging and great infrastructure in a radio environment. He really is something special. Michael Bryan is just awesome at everything radio. He truly is. He taught me how to take risks above all. We donít just need to be about numbers. We can build things! Chris Kampmeier is my Yoda. When Iím starting to stress, he brings me down to Earth. Linda Byrd is another one who is unsatisfied with status quo radio. She wants memorable brands and moves fast. She has taught me about aggressive promo and initiative. Gene Romano, when we get too caught up in breaking every record and making every promo massive, Gene keeps me focused on not missing the basics. Need him to counter balance.

Fishboy, WKRZ: Tias Schuster was very good at thinking outside the box; heís very creative that way. OD showed me the structure of everything and how to properly do the job. He has a keen sense for the big picture and how everything works and meshes together.

Otis, WNKS: I've had 2 great ones that have given me a plethora of advice and knowledge on different levels. Tony Travatto and John Reynolds.

Erik Bradley, B96: Todd Cavanah. He's fair, honest, treats everyone as equal and cultivates a fun, laid back and creative work environment.

Randi West, WFLZ/WMTX: Alene Grevey, former Market Manager in Cincinnati. She was a true problem solver and great listener.

Jeff Hurley, iHeartMedia/PA: Iíve been lucky enough to have many good bosses at different points of my career. Rick Rambaldo at Nextmedia in Erie was one of my favorites. He was a passionate showman who made every single event bigger than life. He understood that weíre in show business.

Big Rob, KSME: I've had a lot of great influential bosses and don't want to leave anyone out so I'll go with the one that all will agree with. My GM in north Colorado, Stu Haskell. A legend in this area and one of the best radio guys I know! If it weren't for Stu, who knows where I'd be!

Brad Davidson, Think Say Records: Jerry Blair always made it interesting and you never knew what the next day would bring. He led by example and taught me not to worry about a lot of nonsense in life.

Heather Deluca, WSJO: Itís a tie for me. Paul Kelly at WAYV and Eric Johnson at WSJO. Paul taught me the importance of diplomacy, keeping a cool head, and to always return a phone call. He rarely pointed out my mistakes, because he knew when I made them no one was harder on me than myself. It helped me work out the kinks. With EJ, he let me speak. He also not only asked me for my opinion, but genuinely listened. Thatís how he captainís his ship. I have endless respect for both.

Java Joel Murphy, WAKS: I'd be an absolute idiot if I didn't say the best bosses I've ever had are Chris Tyler my PD and Keith Abrams my OM.

Skywalker, WSPK: Considering Iíve had Scotty Mac for a boss for 14 years he would be at the top of my list. Heís taught me the art of patience and has allowed me creative freedom to grow as an air talent.

Roxy Myzal, Hard Drive: Today: Andy DenemarkÖcaring, passionate, yin to my yang. Past: John McGhanÖCredo: Think Like A Fan, Make Everyone A Star.

Slacker, WDZH: Iíve had two bosses, Clay Church at WRCL/Flint and Tim Rainey here at ĎDZH. They are both similar. They let you be creative and do what you need to do and offer constructive criticism both on and off the air.

Matt Talluto, WBYR: Without a doubt, Jim Fox (98 Rock/Sacramento). He's like a rock radio encyclopedia. Dude is a genius, isn't afraid to go against the grain...and is ALWAYS right! Look at 98 Rock's numbers. In a time where active rock stations are dying left and right, he's consistently in the top 5 in the market. His current staff is lucky to have him. I hope they're taking notes like I was when I worked with him. On top of everything, he's cool as hell! One of the most fair guys I've ever met!

Patrick "Cooper" Olsen, KKDO: Jim Fox, OM in Sacramento, because he teaches and explains WHY we are doing something a certain way, instead of just giving orders. Sharing his knowledge has been so great for me.

Alicia Tyler, WZNE: It's a tough question to answer because I learned different things from different bosses. Mike Danger taught me how to be solid on the air. Jim Fox taught me the art of scheduling music; not just doing logs. Mike Preston taught me that you can be a really great person and a great PD. I want to note that I wish I had more time with Jim Richards because he made radio fun again for me. And lastly, my current GM, Mike Ninnie gave me a chance that I will never forget. Becoming a first time PD in a medium market which also happens to be my hometown is something that is priceless.

Sean "The Rabbi" Tyszler, WMMR: Not to sound like a tushy kisser but words can not describe what working with Bill Weston at WMMR is like. The whole rock industry already knows his impact on Rock Radio. When making decisions that involve the station he thinks about every aspect of from programming and production to promotions and sales where most others just brush off little details. I hope to take everything I have learned from being here and continue to use it.

Lenny Diana, WLZX/WAQY: God. Any other answer proves one's arrogance of this mortal coil. They will be smoten!

Next Week's Question Of The Week:
Given the opportunity, what current or classic recording artist would you want to be for Halloween,
and whatís your favorite horror movie of all-time?
e-Mail your responses to: jodorisio@fmqb.com or bburke@fmqb.com


Christopher K


Search FMQB.com
FMQB Member Login

Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!