May 19, 2017

What are your most annoying pet peeves personally and professionally?
Mike McVay, Cumulus Media: People who answer questions that I didn't ask, and people who can't get to the point.

Kobi, WNRW/WLGX: Personally- People who don't wear deodorant. Professionally- When personalities try to sound like "Djs". Ur natural voice is your "radio voice"

Joey Brooks, Y100: Personally, people chewing with their mouth open. Professionally, talking over the lyrics on the back end of a songs.

Jeff Hurley, WHKF: I get annoyed when people pull all the focus back on themselves at every opportunity. There’s a time to tell your story, and a time to listen. We need to listen more.

Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: My biggest pet peeve is when people expect things instead of earn them.

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: Professionally it’s when you have to keep telling people the same thing (about one of their weaknesses) over and over and over again. I call it at-work babysitting. Personally, my kids never, ever clean their rooms and when I tell them to do it, it takes them 9 hours, and then the next day it looks exactly like it did before they cleaned up.

Randi West, WMTX: People who are late.

Reid, KZZP: Personally, people who weave in and out of traffic or those who go from the left lane to the right to get off an exit in one move on a highway. Professionally, timeliness!

Jared Banks, KEGA: Personally, I hate when people are dishonest, honesty is so much simpler and in the long run, easier!  Professionally I hate people who are too good for the job. Who act better than what they are, who refuse to adjust, learn and adapt. If you are the guy who cleans the vans or the guy in the PD chair, never be above the work that needs to be done

Brian Michel, iHeartMedia/Atlanta: People who are late. So annoying. They’re late all the f’n time and have zero respect for anyone else.

Todd Lyons, KATS: Personally: Being interrupted while speaking/conversing. Professionally: Others leaving shared workspace in disarray

Roxy Myzal, hardDrive: Just today I watched a video interview where the jock interviewing the subject was holding his mic under his nose while the subject was speaking, doing his best DARTH VADER, unknowingly. I HATE THAT. I also don't like big egos. I don't like when people talk over the interviewee. I don't like when labels send music digitally and don't label it properly. I don't like hype-y band bios. Especially the ones where you can't find band member names/instrument or home base. Let's leave it there for now.

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Personally, clutter and anyone working in customer service who is unfriendly.  Professionally, negative people and unreturned emails.

Jeremy Rice, WBLI: OMG, I have 1001 pet peeves! Professionally, bad levels in relation to the mic and the song and bad board work drives me crazier than I already am…and long voice mail messages.  Personally, people that recline their seats all the way on an airplane should be fined! Also, people that wrap a “napkin” around a bottled beer should be fined!  I’ll stop here for my own decency!

Jonathan Reed, WNOK: Personally, diving slow in the left lane. Trying to get on an elevator before people get off! Professionally, spin police on our songs.

Jimmy Steal, Power 106: Passionless people who don’t appreciate it’s a privilege to do what we do.

Derrick “DC” Cole, WLAN: Personally, bad drivers! I have pretty bad road rage, so maybe it's more on me. Professionally, "This is the way we've always done it."

Kobe, WWHT: I can’t stand it when people are late, and lack of follow-thru.

Paul Kelly, WWAC: People who take three days to do something that should take three minutes.. and people who ask me a question that I have already given them the answer to. So, basically…people.

Gina Gray, WERO: Tiny minds and tinier minds!

Robyn Lane, WRAT: People who are late and unprepared. That drives me absolutely insane!

Twisted Todd, WTPT: Lack of communication and reliability.

Matt Talluto, WBYR: Professionally? When someone in sales barges in the studio when you're about to crack the mic! Personally?  When someone in sales barges in the studio when you're about to crack the mic!

Chuck Damico, WMMR/WBEN: Personally: I hate waiting in line to pay for something. By being in line I am screaming to the world “I AM READY TO HAND YOU MY MONEY!” Just take my money and get me out of your store. Professionally: because I’m a programmer especially, I can’t stand that so many radio companies have allowed our product to be so devalued. We’re sometimes forced to take bad deals because someone else in town has completely given away their store.

Kevin Kash, WWEG: Pet peeves? I have two pet cats.
R Dub! Z90: Personal: People driving in the passing lane...not passing! The worst!!! Professional: When someone under values my radio station, be it a label or AE, or anyone!

Java Joel, WAKS: Professional pet peeves? Our industry's obsession/fixation with callout. I think it's an incredibly flawed metric. A nice tool to have, but it's just one tool. Too many programmers allow it to wholly dictate how their stations sound. Loose segues & sloppy fade-outs are two of my other biggest pet peeves. Tighten it up, yo!

Scot Finck, Hollywood Records: I cannot lie: cold toilet seats, leeches, slow drivers in the passing lane. Professionally, playing for anything less than a championship every day.

Matt “MJ” Johnson, KUDD: Be on time. If you're going to be late, let the other party know…it's so easy!

Brian Mack, WXXL: People who lose touch with humanity. People who say "chip - ol – te."  People who use the word “literally” out of context...constantly. 

Rob Roberts, WRQX: People who qualify the word “unique” with “most” or “very.”  That’s like very dead or mostly pregnant.  Either it’s unique or it’s not.  Stop qualifying it!  Radio promos that include www when giving the web address. And, by the time someone says “to make a long story short…” it’s already been a long story.   

Heather Deluca, WSJO: My most annoying pet peeve personally is someone chewing with their mouth open. Professionally someone who doesn’t take their job seriously or acts entitled.

Terry O’Donnell, WKKF: People who suck on their teeth during meetings, and office-wide pagers.

Chase Daniels, WMMM / WMHX / WOLX: Trying too hard to hit the post. Be a personality. Nobody cares about your demo tape but you.

Toby Knapp, WIHT: Personally, people who are friends only when they need something. Professionally, people who come back into your life because of a job title.

Tony Waitekus, WHTQ: Seeing politics on social media. Give me pictures of food!

Chris Michaels, FM 100: Personally, would probably be people driving slow in the fast lane, and professionally would be when I send an email and someone asks me a question that I already answered in the email.
Next Week's Question Of The Week:
When you entered the business what was the first thing you learned “not to do” as a rookie
that turned out to be a well-learned lesson?
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Nicki Farag,
SVP of Promotion,
Def Jam Recordings


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