[EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT] Mark Dylan, Program Director of KOKY, Little Rock
Here at The Urban Influencer, we love to highlight music industry "big wigs," corporate America execs, successful entrepreneurs, and small business owners.
Today (Jan. 15) we spotlight Mark Dylan, Program Director of KOKY of Little Rock.
In this Q&A, learn what makes this "head honcho" tick.
How did you get started in this field?
My late, great uncle Frankie Crocker encouraged me as a little kid (through observation) to look into his career field. His "Soul Experience" era was very inspiring to watch. Once I relocated to Arkansas as a kid, former KOKY-am owner Ron Curtis and family really encouraged and embraced this lil "nappy-headed (ME) kid" lol.
What's a normal workday like for you?
A normal workday consists of people management, music research,
imaging and conceptual branding, and playing disc "jerky." We also spend numerous hours daily throughout this local community.
What's the most enjoyable part of your career?
The actual community "connect" is always enjoyable, breaking and discovering new music trends comes in at enjoyable #1-B.
What's the least enjoyable?
Least enjoyable BUT very necessary, is rolling with and connecting evolving corporate needs. Can be somewhat "generic" but vital.
What are you most proud of in your career?
It's been humbling to be honored and have won awards over the years via Billboard, Radio & Records, NBPC, Gavin Report and many others. Definitely helps in scrutinizing personal/station growth (humbling).
Who are your role models/mentors?
Role models and mentors, I could go on forever here lol: Bobby O'Jay, Gary Young, Jimmy Smith, Pamela Wells, Joe Booker, Melvin Jones, Steve Crumbley, "Madhatter" Charles Merrit, Irene Ware, George "Boogaloo" Frazier, and MANY OTHERS over the decades.
What advice do you have for those who want to pursue a career as a radio programmer?
My advice to future broadcast programmers: learn daily, roll your sleeves up and work hard. Take ego OUT of the equation, be/STAY flexible.
Definitely drive yourself into related territories.
Also check out Mark's "Top 5 Hot & New" Picks HERE.