Stories To Tell Interview : Kurt

[Ed.Hippe]

How did you first get into Radio and what was your start into doing a podcast?




[Kurt]

Well I first start getting into radio when I was at Millersville University as a college student. I always wanted my own radio show since I was 16 years old and while I was in college the university had a radio station where anyone can join so I took my opportunity and ran with that sh*t. Especially with the station being known as a “rock and roll” type of station. My mindset was like I’m going to flip this sh*t upside down. The first question I ever ask the station manager was not what music can I play or anything like that. It went like this, “ Hello, miss I have a question…What Curse Words I cant not say?” She said ummm… shi*t, f**k, goddamn and some more FCC restricted words. I said can I say “A**”? She said yes. I said can I say “Dumba**” she said ummmm….. I think so. After that the rest was history, I met my future co-host who later became one of the greatest friends I have ever had in life. She had a radio show called “ The Wake Up Call ” and I joined her on the show. Me and her brought hip hop and the culture to this county town station and became legends there. Once we graduated we didn't want to end the show so we look to move it to radio stations but they was bullsh***g , so we was a**d out and to make things harder , my co-host had got a job in Florida I was happy for her but now I was a**d out. No radio station, no Co-host I was in some sh*t any and every time I get in a crazy situation I always ask myself “ WWJD: What would Jay Z do?” Jay start his own record label when no more believe in him so I told myself I'm going to start my own sh** which made me start the Podcast and keep the “ Wake Up ” meaning alive.

[Ed.Hippe]

Whats a typical day in the life for you? (As a creative balancing your to do list)

[Kurt]

Wake Up First (No Pun Intended)

Take a shower and Strategize a plan for the day

Listen to Podcasts or Watch interviews

Call my team and share ideas with them

Execute or attempt to execute that plan

Get home, relax , and think about how to execute the plan of the week

[Ed.Hippe]

What's been inspiring you lately?

[Kurt]

Great question, two people : Gillie da Kid and Wallo 267. Two brothers from Philly being themselves, putting out such great content , the chemistry they have between each other and they get paid some millions just to talk sh*t. I NEED THAT !

[Ed.Hippe]

What are some current projects you’re working on?

[Kurt]

The Wake Up Call: Season 2

Food Runs: Interviews with Food

Crossface: The Wrestling Podcast for The Culture

Some Apparel, Helping manage people careers, Mentoring the youth and an educational cartoon

[Ed.Hippe]

Any advice for others looking to start their own creative endeavor but don’t know how to start?

[Kurt]

Just chase your dream and F**k anybody us opinion against it. If you got a hater then you are doing something good. A hater is a viewer/follower of your life movie and always shoot your shot. Not only when it comes to love affairs but I mean in general with life. Just asking and seek for what you want. The worst you going to is a no from someone. However, that no for one person might be a yes from another person. Sh*t, I got free liquor at the roots picnic because I shot my shot.

[Ed.Hippe]

What has been the biggest lesson(s) you’ve learned?

[Kurt]

Don’t feel discouraged when things don’t go your way at the moment and be patient. Also be advised who you let in your circle because it a lot of snakes out here in the grass.

[Ed.Hippe]

We heard about your partnership with HipHopSince 1987, where did that partnership go left?



[Kurt]

To be honest, it went left from the beginning. It was a lot of false prophets from the start . A lot of unorganized and confusing things and a lot of creative differences. I felt like I couldn’t do a lot of the things I wanted to do. Many recordings were never released, content wasn’t dropping and when I asked when they were dropping them it would be an issue or it seemed like a problem that I was asking. I think that’s wild,I would have to ask permission to do stuff for my show that I built ! Ideas that I had I would mention to them and they would be like no we will handle it and they never handled it. I would have ideas such as guests, suggestions about social media and freestyles on the show etc. I felt controlled and trapped in a weird creative agreement. Also I was paired with someone which at first I didn’t mind at all I actually loved the idea. Our personalities did not match at all,however in a partnership when you have an issue with someone you should address it with that person on a one on one basis. I was told about issues in a different matter with my alleged partnership. On some sneaky sh*t. I was told about the issues in a bashing matter and instead of hearing both parties the company choose to take sides and listen to false statements about me and how I handled the show. Ever since that the vibe was off and the boat that was sinking had sunk and I got a text the night of Christmas Eve that they wanted to go different way with me and the wake up call. I was frustrated at first but then it felt like a weight was lifted off of my chest. I didn’t have to answer to anyone or rely on anyone anymore. I felt FREE again to be me!

[Ed.hippe]

What would you do differently knowing what you know now?

[Kurt]

Communicate more effectively , be understood and have things in writing more than verbal agreements. People will lie and waste other people time trust me because I was lied to and my time damn sure was wasted.

[Ed.Hippe]

On the next season of The Wake Up Call who are some creatives would you like to interview?

[Kurt]

I have a hit list, I love interviewing people, especially people from Philly who is trying to change the world. I think it’s my calling I don’t know , I mean I could be wrong I’m not God but I feel its my calling.There's two people I really want to have a conversation with, Saud from Country Cooking Restaurant and The Legendary Kenny Gamble. Also, Quincy Harris from the Q show. So actually there are three people.

[Ed.Hippe]

Lastly this random but what’s your favorite line from Martin?

[Kurt]

It’s funny you ask that because if it wasn’t for “Martin” there would be no "Wake Up Call" I always wanted to be the real life “Martin Payne”. This is the main reason why I got into radio and podcasting. I had a homework assignment in 10th grade and the assignment was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I didn’t know at that moment so when I got home I was watching an episode of Martin and he explains his job and once I heard that I was like YOOOOO I can do that. Talk smack to people and have conversations and get paid for it! I was doing that for free anyway. But to answer the question my favorite line is by my main man “Jerome” he said “Stop the press stop the press….. your name must be jelly “CAUSE JAM DON’T SHAKE LIKE THAT!”







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