Dean Wendt - November 10, 2006
Here are some of the highlights from the Interview.
Tommy: Dean it's good
to hear from you it's been awhile.
Dean Wendt: Yes it has
been a long while.
Tommy: Now Radio Disney
is celebrating its 10th Birthday. You were part of the
morning show for pretty much the first half of those 10
years. Why don't you tell us how you got involved with
the product and what that first year was like?
Dean Wendt: Well, there
were actually three of us when we first started. There
was Robin Jones who is now, I don't know what her title
is now but she's pretty much running the whole thing and
Scott McCarthy, he went on to bigger and better things
at Disney and me. So we decided we wanted to have a kids
show that was countering like KISS FM and all those stations
out there that were Top 40 but a little too adult. So
we did a demo and we produced it with like various kid
bits which are still on the air. Which actually still
made it through and music and we sent it to Michael Eisner's
'no man' because he said 'No' to everthing and he said
yes. So Michael Eisner gaves us three stations.... five
Tommy: Four stations
Dean Wendt: Four stations
for a test market and those were Minneapolis, Atlanta,
Birmingham and was it Utah somewhere I think?
Tommy: Yeah, Salt Lake
Dean Wendt: Yeah, so
that was fun it was hectic we only had like, I think it
was we were going to go on the air in October or September
or something like that and I was doing some research on
the Top 5 lists and I found out that Mickey Mouses birthday
pretty much was November, like November 18th. So I told
them, maybe we should start the station on the 18th to
coincide with Mickey Mouses birthday. So that's why they
started it on the 18th.