Member Spotlight – Dave Conour

What is your favorite song?
You’re joking, right?  I’ve been alive for almost 43 years and have listened to ALMOST every type music spanning the last 450 years.  From Old English Madrigals…Gregorian chants…Mozart…Frank Sinatra…The Beatles…Stryper…Duran Duran…Southern Gospel…MWS…Walk The Moon…

I have to stop.  My brain hurts.  No way I can pick a favorite.

What is the last book you’ve read?
“Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen

What led you to a career in radio?
In all honesty, it was out of nowhere.  I was attending Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and needed a part time job to make ends meet.  All of the typical jobs were already taken in this small town and I didn’t want to drive far.  A man name Dick Whitworth was the Network Director of New Life Media at the time and Station Manager at WIBI.  He came to my college to speak to our little Christian group on campus.  At the end of his talk he asked if anyone had ever considered being in radio.  I needed a job…bad…so I raised my hand.  I went in to meet with Paul Anthony, read some news wire, and started a month later.  I worked part-time for a year before a full time position opened up and I took it without hesitation.  I finished my Pre-Med degree (because I was SO close) and I never looked back.

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Be a servant in every way.  Sounds like the Christian thing to say, but I mean it as a means to an end.  Nothing will advance your career quicker than being willing to learn, and on the job training is always the best.  Help in other areas outside of your job description.  Serve the other people in your office.  You’ll learn a lot and gain a lot of respect from your peers.  Make your desires for learning and advancement known to your supervisors, also.  MOST of them are secure enough to let you learn your way into taking their job.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
My office is full of fidget-type things.  Rubiks cube, lego sets, a deck of cards, slinky and the most recent addition…silly putty.  In the absence of actually LEAVING the office, which I think is absolutely best,having other activities to occupy my hands often will spark my brain.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Alexa all the way. I love Google, but they are just late to the party.  “Jeopardy” and the “Number Sequence Game” are still my favorites.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I started my career VERY passionate about on-air work and lost it somewhere in the middle.  I started pouring myself into my off-air duties (mainly production).  I got the fire back, though, about 3 ½ years ago when I met Candice Grey.  Mornings with Dave & Candice has been the catalyst for a whole new level of on-air excitement, and she gets the bulk of the credit.  It’s a joy to come in and love my shift, even at those early morning hours.

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
This will come as little surprise, but I listened to Brant Hansen on a local talk radio station in Champaign when he briefly left Christian radio because I just wanted to hear him more.  His down to earth way of relating things that are super lofty concepts is awesome.  He also has a very endearing way of self-deprecating that I think connects well with others.  I also want his hair.

What was your last non-industry job?
I worked as a Pyrometry Inspector.  I was trained to verify that the ovens and freezers making the parts for airplanes were certified within certain parameters.  There could be planes flying overhead right now that are in the air because I said they could be…indirectly.  Yikes.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
If they could find a way to make a crayon go from blue to red based on how the person was feeling when they wrote with it, that would be perfect.  I think we’d call it “Passion Pretense.”  I have struggled with depression most of my adult life, which means that I can be really cold some days (blue) and then super passionate and excited another (red).  Luckily, thanks to some very good counseling and support in my younger days, most wouldn’t know today.  But the crayon would always know…

Dave Conour
WNWC – Program Director
CMB Silver Member Since 2015