Today we’d like to introduce you to RadioRaymond T.
RadioRaymond, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My passion for music led me into radio. I have always loved music and while I can’t sing or rap, figured this would be my contribution to the music industry as a whole and my creative influence. My radio career started in traditional FM, working on San Diego stations 91x, Magic 92.5 & ultimately as the night host for many years on Z90 till 2014. I was presented an opportunity with Slacker Radio that same year which is where I still am today, at your service, on-demand as your official voice of hip-hop & RnB.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There is nothing “smooth” about radio. It has taken a lot of sacrifices, a lot of hard work, time & energy getting to where I am today. Radio is often referred to as the “poor man’s showbusiness” lol. For those who get the bug, it is something that is hard to let go of. A struggle today, especially in FM, is the idea of FM having to compete with technology.
Given the abundance of the internet, it has given listeners so much more options in how they get their music. That being said, is why I made the leap into the internet radio side of things. Let’s face it, you ask a lot of people today and they are often tired of the repetitious programming of traditional FM radio. Where I am today with Slacker Radio I have complete creative freedom and in the end, you don’t like something, you just skip it.
Slacker Radio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Slacker Radio is an on-demand streaming service. We offer all the same services as our competitor’s out there (I won’t say any names, lol) but we are not algorithm driven. We very much still believe in human connection & curation. That being said, I serve as your voice of hip-hop & RnB for the service. I presently curate/program multiple channels & host 7 all within the hip-hop & RnB genre that you can listen to on-demand.
I am most proud of my weekly “RaymondTs Picks Of The Week,” fresh every Monday bringing you nothing but good music that may be flying under your radar. My biggest draw to joining the Slacker family was watching technology & the creative freedom that they allow me. As I’ve said, FM is competing with so much out there, Slacker gave me the opportunity to continue as an on-air host just now in the internet world.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Simply… loving what you do for a living. We can talk accolades, etc but being blessed to be doing what I Love and actually getting paid to do it is as successful as it gets. There are so many people out there who live in fear of chasing a passion or a dream that really gets there heart going but the fear of failure stops so many. Anything out there worth doing is going to have its sacrifices but the end result if you are turning your passion into a paycheck, nothing beats that.
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