ryan mccall

CDX Featured Station: WGLR-Lancaster, Wisconsin (also streaming online at wglr.com)

Music Director: Ryan McCall

We’re happy to honor Ryan McCall and WGLR in Lancaster, WI as our second ever CDX Featured Station. An award-winning on-air personality and music director, Ryan McCall is now in his 23 year with WGLR and has used CDX since 1993.

“CDX is the original. Every other site I have seen is based on the concept created by CDX. And let’s face it; no one does it as well as the original. I would like to thank CDX for this honor and congratulate them on their fantastic revamped website”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER:

I remember telling my high school classmates that I would be on the radio and them making fun of me. Less than a year later I was and pretty much the rest has been history. I became music director at 19 which continues to be my favorite part of my career. In an industry that can be pretty brutal at times I’ve been lucky enough to form some solid friendships and meet some amazing people who continue to inspire me.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS:

To always keep learning and remember the bigger picture. Plus stop, enjoy and be thankful for the things that go right.

HOW DO YOU USE CDX:

We play our songs off of wav files on the computer. Each song file is named after the CDX location. That way if we ever need to find the hard copy backup we know right where to look to find that particular track. Of course I use CDX to review brand new releases as well.

HOW DID YOU ORIGINALLY BECOME INTERESTED IN RADIO:

My interest in radio started because of my love of Country music. I’ve always been one who loved to know the “behind the scenes” stories and getting to see the “behind the scenes” in radio really interested me. I was very interested in learning how the music was picked and played and what went into making a song a hit. I also knew I was never going to be a singer so this was my only shot at getting on the radio.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES TODAY FOR COMMERCIAL COUNTRY RADIO STATIONS:

As a music programmer I don’t have enough slots for all the songs I want to play, and I have a bigger playlist too. I see a lot of people playing the game. Listeners don’t care what label an artist is on, who is promoting it or what giveaways are attached to it. They just care if they like it or not and I think that gets forgotten about often.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT HAS HELD TRUE AND CONSTANT THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER:

My love of the format and my passion for the music. There are times I listen to a brand new song and enjoy it so much I listen to it over and over and over at home then go on the air excited to play it (and hear it) again.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED:

Sawyer Brown at the Rock County 4H Fair in Janesville, WI on July 28th, 1987. My second concert was August 14th, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa where I had front row seats to see The Judd’s. That night they pulled me on stage to sing a line of “Mama He’s Crazy”. In 2010 I saw The Judd’s reunion tour where Naomi called me on stage to sing the entire chorus of the same song. I guess singing with The Judd’s is something a guy does twice in a lifetime.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST OF ALL TIME:

Barbara Mandrell is my favorite of all time. As a matter of fact, I won my first radio award for an interview I did with her. The first album I ever owned was her “Live” album. My dream project would be to get to work on a series of re-issues of her albums or a deluxe box set of her work.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST NON-INDUSTRY JOB:

I’m one of the rare people that can say I’m still employed at my very first job ever. A few years ago we moved into our own brand new building with all brand new equipment and that almost felt like a brand new job. I think the move into the new building has provided my favorite years ever at the station.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING AWAY FROM WORK IN YOUR SPARE TIME:

I’m a big collector. I have a lot of different collections (autographs, DVDs & Blu Rays, super hero collectibles to just name a few) and I enjoy adding to those collections. I also play in a local trivia team. We usually place each time we play. I also enjoy theater (movies, DVD & Blu rays and plays).

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