February 2015 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

The February 2015 edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Kalie, from 91X!

Joe: What is your current position? 
Kalie: I am on air at 91X doing the overnights and weekends.

Joe: How are things with you right now? Life, work….. 
Kalie: Life is busy, but great! Working late nights allows me to go on day adventures and never stop exploring San Diego.

Joe: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? 
Kalie: Ooooo that is a tough one…. can I just say, the ocean? If I am by the water, I am a happy gal. Can’t go wrong with a Torrey Pines hike, cruising around OB or the harbor.

Joe: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one? 
Kalie: Yes, but in very different ways! When I first started as an intern, I would get giddy every time I stepped inside the building. I never knew who I was going to see or meet. Being from San Diego, It was just crazy being in the same building as people I grew up listening too. 
These days, I am still in awe and get giddy when I go to work at such a legendary station. It’s a dream come true, really!

Joe: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? 
Kalie: How about places?? Can’t go wrong with Bueno Forchetta in South Park and Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy. If you just want a good drink, I love Seven Grand! that place is like the Beauty and the Beast library for whiskey!

Joe: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting? 
Kalie: A lot of people don’t know that I am a twin. Yes, there are two of me… Dun Dun Dunnnn! I also LOVE Sloths and can’t loose in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors…seriously, it’s true.  

Joe: How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future? 
Kalie: Since I am the youngest on air personality at 91X, my co-workers would probably laugh if I tried explaining how radio used to be back in the day. They like to joke around about how I wasn’t even in the womb when 91X started in 1983. So, let’s talk where It is now and how the future will probably look… We interact with listeners in a different way using social media forums and texting. People don’t like to talk on the phone as much, texting is another way listeners get to win prizes and communicate with us. The online and texting interaction is only going to continue to grow!

Joe: How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener? 
Kalie: It’s HUGE, I think it’s what helps set you apart. It makes it more personable and helps you really get to know your audience. What they like or don’t like!

Joe: What is your favorite movie? 
Kalie: It changes all the time, but I will always love Austin Powers.. ‘Are those sharks with laser beams attached to their heads?’

Joe: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners
Kalie: Social media forums have turned into an extra phone line in a way. Listeners don’t call as much, it’s how you communicate and engage with your audience not only in San Diego but everywhere!

Joe: What is your favorite radio moment? 
Kalie: I think it would have to be X-Fest 2013. That was just an insane show. It was sold out and the crowd had a ton of energy!! A bunch of us ended up going on stage and dancing with 30 Seconds to Mars ending it with confetti and screaming fans- it was a moment I will never forget! 

Joe: How long have you been in radio? 
Kalie: Five years and counting….

Joe: How long have you been in the San Diego market? 
Kalie: Five years. Lucky for me, it’s the only market I have worked in.

Joe: San Diego is a great city to work in, I'd say we have it pretty good.    
Kalie: It’s San Diego, what's not to love! I understand this market because I grew up living in it! San Diego is big, but it feels small with all the different communities. The best part is each one is different!   

Joe: What is the most interesting job youve ever had? 
Kalie: Ha…this by far!!! Or if you count me being a ‘fun facilitator’ at company picnics for a catering company. I would make up games and airbrush tattoos on people when I was 15… I am a terrible artist, so it got interesting! 

Joe: What broadcasters do you look up to? 
Kalie: Howard Stern of course! Also, a bunch of people that I have worked with at 91X. I have been able to work with such San Diego radio legends who have and still are teaching me a lot!

Joe: If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose? 
Kalie: The 80's for sure! The stories jocks have from that time are nuts!!

Thanks for your time, Kalie!
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