John Kincade talks confidence-building on “Pizza With The Pros”

Philadelphia sports radio host John Kincade spoke to Rowan’s students at this week’s Pizza with the Pros event on Monday, November 1.

John Kincade, originally from Pennsylvania, spent 25 years as a sports radio host in Atlanta before returning to Philadelphia with “The John Kincade Show on 97.5 The Fanatic”.

Kincade shared stories with the students about his background and how they can learn from his style and unique positions in the industry.

Throughout his speech, Kincade often encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone. He told the students to “walk towards the people,” even if it may result in failure, instead of waiting for opportunities to land on their knees. Accepting failure and learning from mistakes was Kincade’s repeated idea, emphasizing its importance and prevalence in his own career.

Kincade recalled a defining moment from his internship at PRISM, the original sports broadcasting station in Philadelphia at the time. While working on the cover of the Flyers, Kincade noticed that the coach was editing the film using an outdated method. Kincade, only an intern for the broadcasting company, courageously pointed out that there was a simpler shortcut. This courageous gesture was vital to Kincade’s career. The Flyers traded in his internship for a full-time job with the company.

A student asked if it was necessary to do something risky when struggling with self-confidence issues. Kincade remembered his early days in high school. He noted how his size, or lack thereof, caused him to form a “funny kid” mentality. Kincade described him as having “bravado, not confidence.” This phrase would have meaning for Kincade in the future, as he lived through it for the rest of his career.

“If you don’t want to let people down, you won’t. One hundred percent, ”Kincade said.

This state of mind has helped him stay true to his art. Kincade emphasizes how much extra effort and effort will work wonders, even if one makes a big mistake.

“Don’t be afraid to tell people what you don’t know,” Kincade said. He added that asking questions is essential for students to pursue their careers.

Kincade also explained how radio station ratings work. He mentioned how he wanted his show to be perceived. He didn’t want it classified as an everyday show.

“[Its not] your father’s radio show. I want to be your radio show, ”Kincade said.

Her target audience for “The John Kincade Show” is 18 to 26 years old. Without getting personal, Kincade explained that his salary is based on how long a single listener stays listening, not how many listeners listen to him.

Choosing a younger demographic was one of the many ways Kincade moved away from the traditional foundations of Philly sports radio broadcasts.

Understanding the shorter attention span of his audience, he knew he would need other means to deliver shorter content. It has a production team of younger employees than their counterparts on other radio shows. They go a long way in orienting Kincade content to its younger target audience.

Regarding Kincade’s time in Atlanta, he stressed how important it was for him to stay true to himself. The Southeastern United States, particularly Georgia, is a “completely different animal” when it comes to sports, Kincade said. Instead of trying to fit in, Kincade played on his status as an “outsider” and asked his Atlanta audience to simply accept him. Fan acceptance welcomed Kincade into their world of sports. The culture surrounding Atlanta sports has more similarities than differences to that of Philadelphia sports.

Kincade always accepts the challenges and all the criticisms he faces. He mentioned that the day his production team stop challenging him, that’s the day they stop working for him. He filled the room with the utmost humility and charisma, leaving the students present inspired for the next step.

Natalie Egenolf, brand ambassador for Parx Casino, will speak at Pizza with the Pros on Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m.

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