10 Questions with ... Rich Davis

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Posted by madcityradio.com on March 11, 2009 at 13:04:29:

NAME: Rich Davis
MARKET: Nashville
OWNER: Clear Channel

Please outline your radio career so far:
WHVR-A/Hanover, PA: On-air
WYCR/York, PA: On-air
WBSB/Baltimore: On-air
WAEB/Allentown: Nights
WYXR/Philadelphia: APD/MD/nights
KDWB/Minneapolis: APD/MD/middays
WZEE/Madison: PD/middays
WRVW/Nashville: /PD/CC Brand Manager/middays
CC Nashville OM

1) Congratulations on a great Fall book! What were some of the highlights?

Wow I'm still stoked. This cluster has a 29 share 25-54 adults, nearly a 30 share 12+ and nearly a 40 share 18-34! Three of the five stations were in the top five 12+, all 5 in the top 10. We have the #1 and #2 18-34 and three of the top-five 25-54. River was #2 12+, #2 18-34 and #1 25-54!

2) Every station has its ratings ups and downs, yet you've kept The River at or near the top of the market for years. To what do you attribute the longterm success?

Consistency and a great freakin' team. We have more fun than any team, anywhere. We win in the hall, at lunch, and on the air. W&J and Intern Adam were #1 18-34 in morning drive. Madison and Seacrest were #1 18-34 in middays, and Ryno and Butter both held down the #2 spot in afternoons and nights, respectively. I've got a great promo director in Lunchbox, great imaging guy with Jeremy Snell, a great web guy with Quincy Besaw and a great part-timer with Derry London. All my full-time air talents have been with me at least five years, too!

3) How would you describe your first radio gig?

I got to run Orioles baseball in Hanover, PA at 1280 WHVR, 98YCR's sister station. I was so happy to be in a radio station I would've done it for free. I'm grateful that I started there, old toggle switch-and-knob board and all. Once I finally got on the air, slip cueing records, it was awesome!

4) What led you to a career in radio?

Always wanted to be in radio. I was playing DJ at 12, making tapes for my mom on Mom Radio 105, WMOM in my bedroom.

5) What makes your station unique? How would you compare it to other stations you've worked at?

I alluded to it before, but it is the team. We are all vested in this product. We love it, we live it and know how lucky we are to be a part of it. Winning radio stations have a vibe on the air and in the halls. Ryno and I joke that we can feel them listening, but it's no joke. We strive to consistently be the best of the best; music, DJs web, promotions and fun. I'll be honest ... I'm not sure I've felt it like this anywhere else I've been.

6) What is your favorite part of the job?

Music is by far my favorite part. I love songs, artists, songwriters, the creation process, concerts and this town. I can't imagine doing anything else anywhere else, honestly.

7) What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?

I had a ton of great ones around me -- B104 WBSB/Baltimore, Hot Hits 106 WMAR/Baltimore, Q107 WRQX/Washington, 105 WAVA ... and Hot 959 in Baltimore was cool because they played all the extended remixes. I also loved Z104 WZYQ/Frederick and, of course, 98YCR, WYCR/York.

8) Looking back, which years hold the best musical memories for you and who were your favorite acts at that time?

I'd have to say as a child of the '80s, 1984 really resonates with me. I loved everything from Prince to the Police, Ratt to Real Life, Pat Benatar to Band Aid, Thompson Twins to Twisted Sister ...want me to keep going? Oh, and I was particularly fond of the big "hair band" years from '89-'91, too!

9) Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?

I love hanging out with our horses and riding my four-wheeler with my daughter.

10) What music do you listen to when you're not working?

I listen to a lot of stuff from the '80s, lots of 1- inch remix stuff. I usually also have a few current albums I'm jamming to. Right now it's the new CDs from Kelly Clarkson, Shinedown and Lady Gaga.

Bonus Questions
What artist/act (living or dead) would you love to meet, and why?

Not really and artist or an act, but I'd love to meet Mutt Lange. The guy has produced some of my favorite music for years. I'd love to get into his brain and see how that creative process unfolds.

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