After many phone conversations with Peapod and the management team at 100.7 The Zone, we were able to get them on board with helping support the Battle of the Bands. Peapod is the afternoon drive personality for the station and has always had a personal love for music. Over the course of phone conversations and emails, I was able to dig a little deeper and see what makes Peapod tick.
Funcoast: When did you get your start in the music scene in Toledo? Did that have any influence on your radio career?
Peapod: The funniest thing about my career is that it almost didn’t happen. I originally went to the University of Toledo (UT) for engineering in 2004. I always loved music and was always interested in checking out and getting to know new and current acts. When I almost failed out of school, I decided that it was time to get into radio and the music industry. I started on air at UT’s radio station 88.3 FM-WXUT. I graduated college in the spring of 2009 and scored a job with Cumulus Toledo that same year. I’ve been a part of Cumulus Toledo now for 4 ½ years, and have been on air for The Zone for about half that time.
Funcoast: Who is your favorite band / artist of all time and do you prefer a specific type of music or do you listen to everything?
Peapod: My favorite artist of all time is actually Foreigner. I know that sounds weird coming someone who is young and wasn’t around when they were in their prime, but they are just a fun and exciting band. I was able to see them (or at least a form of them) a few years ago in Cleveland at The House of Blues. I enjoy some pop, hip-hop and metal; I’m open to a lot of music, however I don’t like country. From the more modern era I love harder acts like Disturbed, Sevendust, Alexisonfire, and A Day to Remember. I also enjoy some alternative sounds like Bastille and Arctic Monkeys. I always enjoy a good rock band with a female lead singer, I don’t know why. It’s always a treat to see rocker chicks!
Funcoast: What was your first concert you’ve been to and what concert was your favorite?
Peapod: Actually, I’ve never been able to go to many concerts growing up, not many came to my small town within Akron and sadly, not many come to Toledo. However, one of my favorite concert series is Rock on the Range in Columbus. Some of the most epic acts that span the rock format in two to three days, it’s pretty awesome!
Funcoast: As a judge for the Battle, what will you personally be looking at while the top five artists are performing?
Peapod: What I’m looking for is a band that has a solid sound that pulls draws me in. If you can keep interested in your music, then you can go far in my book. I want something original, which is hard to do now a days, but have something that sets you apart from others. I wish all the bands good luck, and I can’t wait to be a part of this. It’s an honor for me to judge, and I can’t wait to hear what you have to bring to the table!