SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - Steven Woods

By Joe Nelson

This edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Steven Woods, the 97.3 The Fan co-host and I sat down a few years back, but so much has changed I figured it was time to check in with him again and see what's new.

What is your current position?
Co-host of Ben & Woods on 97.3 The Fan

How are things with you right now?
Life, work…..Life honestly couldn't be better. My wife, Hannah and I are extremely blessed with a healthy and very active baby boy, Beau. Work is going really well too. Our show is really firing on all cylinders and we're working hard every week to bring our listeners along for the ride.

Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?
Most of my radio stories I won't be able to tell until I'm retired, lol. That said, it's been one hell of a ride. February of 2020 will be TEN YEARS on the air in San Diego, which still blows my mind.

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
Petco Park, no question about it.

Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
It is. Radio is truly my passion, and I feel like I'm much better at it now than I was on day one.

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
Depends on what I'm looking for but I'm a big Taco Stand fan in Encinitas, though when we go out to eat it's always breakfast and it's always Besta Wan

What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
I've been pretty open about my life over the last decade, so I'm not sure I could surprise anyone anymore, but if I've got to give an answer: My life's goal in high school was to be a social worker. I've always been a bit of a bleeding heart.

How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
It's certainly tougher now than it's been in the past, in my opinion. People are looking for you to screw up and frankly, they're looking to be offended a lot of times. It can be tough to navigate. I still very much believe in the power of radio. There's no better way to connect with your town than on local radio.

How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?
It's imperative and it's tough to be successful without it. I think our show does it as well or better than any show in town. Our audience is 100% a part of our show. We use them on air. We use them for content. They're part of the family.

What is your favorite movie?
These days it's probably "The Town". I watch it once a week.

With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners:
We're not super active on Facebook but we're VERY active on Insta and Twitter. As I mentioned above we can connect in real time with our audience. We encourage them to tweet along with the show and use their commentary as content. Daily.

What is your favorite radio moment?
Being on the air when the Padres signed Manny Machado. Going to be tough to top that moment.

How long have you been in radio?
Sold radio for 3 years and on air for almost ten.

Are there any facets of radio you may dislike?
I dislike the fact that we only have one of the "Big four" sports. It's forced us to get very creative though.

What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
This is by far the most interesting job I've ever had.

What broadcasters do you look up to?
So many; Stern, Mike Rhyner in Dallas, Darren Smith, Ben Higgins, Jesse Agler, Mud Grant, Don Orsillo, John Flint, Dave Rickards, Cookie Randolph,

If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?
Definitely the 80's. I've heard stories about how bands got their records played and I could've been easily bribed. I'd have loved to been the guy to play Appetite for Destruction on the air. Lol.

Woods, thanks for taking the time for this. It was fun!

Thanks for tuning In
Joe Nelson


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