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RF Anniversary: WBLS’ Skip Dillard Interview

skip dillardSkip Dillard has probably had one of the most interesting careers of most . His career began during his senior year at Hampton University when he worked at WOWI in Norfolk at the time. Since then he has programmed: WYLD-New Orleans, WMXD-Detroit, WBLK-Buffalo and WPGC in DC. After working in Buffalo at WBLK, he took a break from programming and worked as the Top 40/Urban Editor for Billboard Magazine. That may have had a few people scratching their heads but believe it, a programmer who can also work for a trade publication is an impossible find. It was a brilliant move that helps to diversity a programmer’s experience giving him unlimited exposure to other programmers. In addition, the stint probably gave Dillard a much greater perspective of how the entire industry works. Shortly thereafter he headed to San Francisco for a short stint at KBTB. (Urban radio does not do well on the west coast) then it was back to Detroit to handle a cluster of Radio One stations, then WPGC and currently Dillard has the distinction of being the OM and PD of the only urban radio station in the Number 1 market, in New York City. He also programs WLIB the AM outlet for the heritage station.

RADIO : Over the last several weeks, WBLS has been through a lot of changes. The sudden deaths of Brian Carter and Hal Jackson and the new station acquisition and staff changes. How is the new lineup working out?

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