Auditioning For 660 AM The Fan! (NJ) “DAY 355” – 6/24/11

June 27, 2011 - 9:32 am - (NJ) “DAY 355” - Week 51 - State 48

I’ll start by saying I know I’m a little behind again in my posting, my bad!  I’ve just been real busy with trying to get real life stuff back in order. (Mainly, looking for a place to live when my year is over in a week and change.)

Friday - 6/24/11
Anyway, let me get back to how my day was today (Friday, 6/24).  Let’s begin.  I woke up at 7:30 am because I was going to the Livingston Mall to audition for a contest they are having to find the next WFAN radio host (660 am on the dial).  It’s a real opportunity for what I want to do in life, although the chances are tiny at best.

Driving To Livingston, NJ
The ride to Livingston isn’t that far but with morning rush hour traffic to deal with, I knew it would take me at least twice the amount of time it should have.  Well... I was right and what should have been a 25-30 minute drive turned out to take about an hour.  Ahhh!  I hate traffic!

F.Y.I. - It’s not really relevant to this post but I was born in Livingston, NJ at the hospital they have town.  I’d tell you more but I don’t remember much about that day. 😉

Arriving At The Mall
It was around 9 am when I pulled into the Livingston mall parking lot and the first thing I saw was a WFAN car/truck parked right next to me.  Alright, I’m in the right place. 🙂  Then, as I approached the front of the mall I asked a few guys who looked like they were setting up for the event where the line started.

They told me that even though the mall doesn’t open until 10 am, the front door is open and the line had already started.  Man, I almost forgot how passionate people are about sports in the part of country. (If this audition was in most of the other states in America there wouldn’t be a line like this.)

Getting In Line
Like I said, the line was already formed when I made it there so I was about the 20-30th person to arrive.  That’s just fine with me because I only wanted to make sure I was one of the first 100 people. (The first 100 people were guaranteed an audition and after that, I’m not sure how they worked it.)

Anyway, now that I was in line, all I had to do was think about what I was gonna talk about today during my interview. (I already knew the main part of the audition was for each contestant to do a 2 minute rant or monologue about sports for the judges.)

F.Y.I. - I had no idea what I was gonna talk about today!  Last night, I tried to think about something I wanted to speak passionately on but nothing jumped right into my head.  Ahhh!  I wasn’t worried though as I figured I’d come up with something while I was waiting in line. (I knew I’d have a few hours to kill.)

Talking Sports With A Few Cool Guys
So, there I was in line which is when I planned to come up with what I was gonna talk about.  But, that didn’t happen because what I actually did while I was waiting was talk sports with the people around me.  Hey, I’m a huge sports fan surrounded by other huge sports fans, it was inevitable. 😉

Now, while I was talking with the guys (Chris, Max, Bryan, and Heath) about a bunch of different sports topics, I was trying to find a topic that I was interested in but nothing jumped out at me again.  Ahhh!  What I am gonna talk about in a few hours???

The truth is, I really didn’t care.  I’m not nervous at all at auditions like this as talking in front of a crowd is no big deal to me.  Yes, I did want to do well but I guess today I’m winging it as opposed to the way everybody was in line.

F.Y.I. - From what I was able to see while I was standing in line, I don’t think there was one other person there who didn’t have a rant ready.  I know this because everybody there was practicing their take as they waited.  I still had no idea what I was gonna talk about.

The Lines Starts Moving
Like I said, I was talking sports with my new friends, so by the time the line started to move it felt as if I had only been there a few minutes. (We were all in line for over 3 hours at this point.)  Time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂  Thanks guys for being so cool!

How This Audition Worked
Since this was a bulk audition, you didn’t have much time in front of the judges.  Basically, you would only get to talk to them when you were on stage for the 2 minute rant part of the process.

But, before you got to that part of the audition, you were briefed by an WFAN employee (or intern) about a few things.  In my case, the first thing he asked me if I was nervous.  LOL  Honestly, I looked at the guy and said, “Are you freakking kidding me.”  As I smiled.

He responded with a laugh and said that I was only person he had talked so far that said they weren’t nervous.  After that, I then began to tell him what I was doing and where I have been all year long (the story of Wheresrooster.com).  He soon realized why I wasn’t nervous. 😉

Answering A Few Trivia Questions
After that part of the process, this same guy asked me a few sports trivia questions.  I guess this is to weed out anybody who doesn’t know much about sports.  The first question I was asked was who was the 2009 MVP of the World Series?  I didn’t remember. LOL (It was Hideki Matsui, duh!)

F.Y.I. - I did know that Matsui won the MVP for the Yankees, but I didn’t remember who was in the 2009 World Series and that’s what my mind was searching for.  Double Duh!  I am a Yankee fan!

So, he asked me another question and by comparison it was much harder.  But, I got this one right because my mind had acclimated to trivia time.  Nice! (The question: Which Yankee 2nd baseman was moved to the OF when he couldn't throw the ball to first base anymore?  Chuck Knoblauch).

After getting that question right, I wasn’t asked anything else as the guy said to me, “That’s good enough, I wanna see your personality on stage so you’re through.”  Lastly, he asked me what I was gonna talk about.  I told him I had no idea yet and that was the truth.  He just smiled at me.

Getting My Number
The next phase of the process was filling out a form and getting a number from two pretty girls who were set up at a table just to the right of the stage. (Their names were Erin and Kaitlyn.)  Anyway, these two girls were real cool and after hearing my story, they were routing me on to succeed today.  Thanks girls!

Again, while I talking with the girls, they asked me what I was gonna talk about today and I told them the same thing I told the other guy, I have no idea!  Then, Erin said to me to talk about my journey and bring it back to sports somehow.  Maybe I’ll do just that.  Thanks Erin! 🙂

F.Y.I. - I had previous thought about that myself but I was thinking they would want to hear a real sports take, not a story about a guy traveling.  But after Erin mentioned it and the guy who asked me the questions agreed (he was standing next to us), I was starting to think that’s what I might do.  Thanks for the advice, well maybe.  Let’s see what happens. 😉

The Final Line
Once all that other stuff was finished, you were moved right next to the stage where the line was very short as that was the final place you waited before you were called to talk.

Just as I had been all morning, I was standing next to the same 4 or 5 guys that I had talked with all day.  So, while I was waiting I asked Heath what he thought about me talking about my journey.  He also agreed with the others and said to go for it.

Heath Donates To Me
I have to start by saying People Are So Amazing!  Here I am in line waiting for an audition and Heath decided that’s it’s important to help me out on the journey.  So, he reached in his pocket and handed me $10.  It’s such an overwhelming feeling when people help you out for no other reason than they want to help!  Thank you so much Heath! 🙂

F.Y.I. - Heath is a sports genius!  Truthfully, if I had his sports knowledge regarding stats, players, dates, etc... I’d be a shoe in to win!  He knew a lot about sports!  Also, he won “The Mad Dog’s” (on serious radio) Super Bowl trivia contest two years in a row!  Yes, he won Super Bowl tickets two years in a row!  He’s now banned from the contest. 😉

My On Stage Audition
Well, the moment of truth had finally arrived and to be honest, as I walking up onto the stage, I still had no idea what I was gonna talk about.  Then, they asked me name and said go.

I really can’t tell you what I said because I don’t remember.  The only thing I do remember is that I talked a little about my journey and somehow brought it back to how New York sports fans are the most passionate in the world!  I’m not sure how I did, but I know I didn’t ace it. (I can tell when I kill an audition and this wasn’t one of them although I didn't do bad.)

Getting Off Stage
After I was finished and walked off the stage, the guys who I had spoken with all morning all came up to me and told me I did good job.  Although I appreciated their positive feedback, I still feel I could have done much much better.

Still, I had a great time, met a bunch of new friends, and maybe, just maybe... I might get lucky enough to make it to the next round. (I don’t think I’ll get a call back but I've thought that before and have gotten called, so who knows.)

Hanging With Buck At Night
After the audition ended, I went back to my Mom’s where I wrote for the rest of the day.  Then, after I finished that, I decided to go hang out with my old roommate and life long friend Buck.  Buck is the man!

Going To A Bar
I wish there was wild tale to tell you about my evening but basically it was just two old friends having a few drinks while talking about life. (We were catching up on the past year’s events for both of us.)

F.Y.I. - For all my NJ readers out there, Buck is opening up a Muscle Maker Grill Clifton, NJ.  The planned grand opening date is sometime in September so mark it down in brain if you’re even in Clifton looking for a healthy meal.  Good luck Buck!

Calling It A Night
It was sometime after midnight when we left the bar for the night, so I said god-bye to Buck and headed back to my Mom’s so I could crash out.  Man, the days are long when you get up early in the morning.  That’s was my day, wish me luck on the call back, I’ll need it!

This Just Happened! (Monday, 6/27)
Right after I just posted this story, I checked my email and seen that an article about me was just published today.  I’ll write more about it when my Monday rolls around, but below is a link so you can check it out now.

http://njjewishnews.com/article/central/rambling-rooster-is-on-the-road-again

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Dad says:

    I like reading posts like today. Good luck with the
    WFAN audition. Your best when you improvise.
    I know you’ll kill em.

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