- jade nixon -
1. Did you grow up on the island? (If no, when did you make the island your home?)
Yes, I was born at Victoria General Hospital, I lived in Royal Oak throughout most of my childhood and finished growing up in Sidney by the sea. A quaint little town that really made me appreciate the ocean.
2. Did you always want to be on the radio? If no, what did you want to do when you were growing up?
When I was 5 years old I shouted at my mom pointing to the radio 'I WANT TO BE IN THE RADIO LIKE HER' (it was either a female Q DJ or female Ocean DJ, those were my mom's faves. I grew up fighting over the radio dial and playing my own stereo in my room 24/7 once I found The Zone in 2003. Being a DJ on The Zone specifically birthed when I listened in 2003 to Jeremy Baker in the evening(and eventually afternoons). It was that year I decided I wanted to be a Zone DJ just like him.
3. What is your favourite thing about being a radio host?
My favorite thing about being a radio host, that's tough to answer..because there's way more than one thing haha! One (a very big one) is being able to have conversations with people of all walks of life. I love being able to talk about bands and topics that I am passionate, and having others passionate about those topics and bands too.
4. Do you have any goals in the future while working @ the Zone 91.3? Or elsewhere for your career?
My biggest career goal in radio is becoming a music director and The Zone (especially Bryan Capistrano) has helped MEGA with this dream and are supporting and encouraging this goal of mine. I assist Bryan in The Zone's music department and have since February. I am truly feel insanely lucky to work for The Zone and have such a great support/encouraging system here.
5. Have you ever found being a female in your radio career ever to be challenging? Have there been times that you weren't taken seriously because of your gender?
I have found there are challenging moments. But these are outside of my work environment and managers. One situation I won't get into to much, but a man accused me of sleeping my way into my job...all because I was a girl who stood up to his ridiculous and terrible behaviour it seems.
Also in the music industry side I have experienced some sexist/not taken seriously behaivor, but that's as much as I'd like to get into (we live in small city.. )
6. As a photographer involved in the music scene, I love the idea of shining light on the other female artists/talents/and people who work with and support the women in the Victoria music scene. What are your thoughts about the idea of this project?
I think this a great project and idea, I love supporting females in the music and media industry (industries?), we all need to stick together and break down what walls are left. I think this shines light on what oppression some of us still feel and deal with. Thank you for this project and including myself and all these fabulous ladies :)