Quick Questions with Ken Dashow

Posted by: yetheart, January 5, 2015 3:33 pm
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Ken Dashow

Brooklyn born and raised, Ken Dashow has spent the last 30 years as a mainstay of New York radio. He worked at WNEW-FM for 17 years and then joined Q104.3, where his afternoon drive-time show is rated number 1 in New York City. He also hosts Q104’s popular Sunday morning show, Breakfast with the Beatles, where he plays requests and shares stories about the Fab Four. Ken is also a writer, performer, and director who has written several plays and screenplays, appeared onstage in Off-Broadway and regional theatrical productions, and acted in a number of TV shows, including multiple episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Ken answered some questions for us before his upcoming Saturday afternoon talk at the Central Library on January 10 at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to join us then and hear more from this rock radio legend!

How did you get started as a DJ?
When I was 19 years old, my first professional job was as "Cousin Ken" on XL Country radio in Newton, NJ.

Can you talk about how rock radio has changed since the start of your career?
It’s changed extremely! There is no counter-culture now. Most teens listen to pop music, not anything with substance. Justin Bieber is Frankie Avalon!

Who are a few of the most memorable music legends you have interviewed?
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Billy Preston.

You are a man of many different hats and talents. Can you tell us a little about your career as a playwright and screenwriter?
It's my FIRST passion. I’ve always wanted to create onscreen and onstage. Radio was my "fallback" career! No matter how long you work as a writer, it’s always nerve-wracking and stressful — but I love it!

You’re also a baseball enthusiast.  Who is your favorite team, and who are your favorite all-time players?
The Mets! AND the late ‘70s and ‘90s Yankees teams. My ALL-time favorite player has to be Tom Seaver.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to bring five albums, which would they be?
1) The Beatles, Abbey Road
2) Traffic, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
3) Miles Davis, Sketches Of Spain
4) Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
5) Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, Beethoven's 7th Symphony