Steven Knight is a singer/songwriter who is the host of The Steven Knight Show on EOTM Radio Networks; here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you interested in hosting your own radio show?
A: I did an interview promoting my music with Rahn Anthony on EOTM Networks and from there I was actually asked to host my own show based on my Facebook page and interaction with my online friends. Initially I turned down the offer but Rahn expressed how much exposure I would get and the interesting people I would meet so I eventually agreed to do it.
Q: What makes your show unique?
A: I think our show is unique because we mix celebrities with every day people. We not only provide exposure to the big names but also to those who have a great brand but just need that introduction to the masses. Plus our team is pretty funny. I have a great time each week and I think that comes through to our listeners.
Q: How do you go about procuring material for your show?
A: We solicited guests to be on our show but being in our 5th season now, we get tons of PR people wanting their clients on the show. Our inbox stays full which is a blessing. A lot of people really want to be on this show.
Q: Who was your most challenging interview?
A: Years ago I was asked to interview this 14 year old music artist. This would be my first time interviewing an adolescent but I agreed to do it as a favor. When the interview started, I was getting nothing but one word answers and I really felt this interview was not going well. His mother had also called into the station but I figured it was for moral support. It turns out that the young man was autistic when lead to a bigger conversation and completely turned the interview around. It ended up being a success. I just wish I would have known that going in but either way it was a great experience.
Q: What kinds of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your creative work?
A: For the past 8 years I have been in staffing and one key skill needed to be successful is the ability to listen. That also is true to being a good interviewer. You have to be able to listen to the guests and know how to direct the conversation. I don’t like my interviews to be overly scripted, so I listen and ask questions based on what the guest is telling me.
Q: How did you go about promoting your show?
A: Social media is our best friend. We are all over the net so that is our biggest form of promotion but I also promote when I perform at an event, etc. Chike (producer & movie review contributor) does a lot of promotion at events he hosts, etc as well.
Q: Who are some of your radio show hosting heroes and why?
A: In an effort to become a good interviewer, I have listened to many different types of people who do this. Anyone from Steve Harvey to Oprah to the team at the Breakfast Club, etc. Each person has their own style but I have learned a lot from listening to them and studying the way they interview. So there is not just one radio show hosting hero. There are many.
Q: What are some themes you like to write about in your music?
A: With my music I want to make timeless songs that can be heard and still relevant years to come. I try to write songs that speak to our different moods – whether it’s being in love, dealing with a break up or just having a good time. I try to speak to things that I can relate to you.
Q: Why Atlanta and not New York or Hollywood?
A: I actually never wanted to live in Atlanta until 2006 when I came down to visit with some friends. As we were leaving to head back to VA, we stopped to get directions so that we could get back on the highway. This guy provided them for us and then started talking about music and gave me the numbers to his contacts in ATL. As I was driving back, my mind started thinking and I knew that I needed to get to Atlanta. That was over 8 years ago and I have been thinking about relocating to NY. It would just have to be the right situation but definitely a strong possibility. Atlanta has been good to me but I am definitely ready for a change and new exposure.
Q: If you could have your choice of guests on your show, who would you pick and why?
A: I would love to interview Oprah, Jay Z and other stars of that caliber because I believe they are great teachers in their own rights. I have interviewed so many people from different backgrounds, etc and have learned so much over the years. I definitely believe Oprah and Jay Z could teach me some value tools about success and managing it all.
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