It's been a busy year for Y94FM program director and midday jock Kathy Rowe. Between her Las Vegas wedding to Frank Malfitano last April, her new gig as co-host of 570 WSYR's hour-long weekday talk show, The Buzz!, and raising three kids, she still manages to stay up late enough to catch the Letterman show.
Rowe, an Electronic Media graduate from Onondaga Community College, got her start in commercial radio thanks to Ron Bee who hired her at WOLF. A brief stint at 95X (WAQX) followed before she was snatched up by 95X's competitor at the time, 94 Rock (WSYR-FM). Shortly thereafter, in 1983, the station switched formats from rock to adult contemporary and became Y94FM; Kathy has been onboard ever since.
But enough radio talk. What's Kathy like 'Beyond the Studio'? Does she dig reality TV? What has she been reading lately? Who would she like to have over for dinner?
We asked her...
What was the last book you read?
"Al Franken: Lies & The Lying Liars Who Tell Them...."
Hilarious but sadly revealing.
What accomplishment in your career are you most proud of?
You mean besides having my likeness carved into the sand
sculpture at the NYS Fair in 1996? Oh wait... that's most
embarrassing moment! Probably longevity. Every day is
a bonus day in this business. I've been blessed.
If you could take only one CD with you to a desert island, what would it be?
"Jack Sheldon-Sings" - He's an old time West Coast trumpet player.
No one sings 'Over the Rainbow' or 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' like Jack.
Letterman, Leno, or Koppel?
Letterman, hands down. Sarcasm at its best!
What was the last concert you went to and how was it?
Van Morrison. It wasn't just a musical experience, but an emotional
one as well. His music and arrangements are so powerful. His voice
is singular. The band was flawless. Amazing.
Which three famous people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?
Woody Allen, Katharine Hepburn, and Dr. Phil.
Which song at your station would you not shed a tear for if it never came up again in rotation?
Anything by Cher or Michael Bolton.
How many days do you think you would last on Survivor and why?
I have to say that I've never seen more than 5 minutes of the show.
I'm not a reality TV fan. Actually, I detest it. It's generally
like an old circus sideshow. So who knows? But I never miss Curb
Your Enthusiasm on HBO.
What talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could play an instrument well. Something romantic, like
the piano. I learned two chords on the guitar in the '70s. I'm now
one chord short of just about any country song.
If you weren't in radio, what would you be doing for a living?
I'd love to be a staff comedy writer for The Late Show with David Letterman.