A sit Down with Kandy (from 94.3 WYBC)
Ty Hopkins) We have a special guest today; let me introduce Kandy, a radio personality from New Haven’s own 94.3 WYBC Fm. Thank you for gracing us with time out of your day to answer a few questions. Now for our audience who don’t know who you are, why don’t you tell them who is Kandy?
Kandy) You may know me better as “Your Royal Sweetness Kandy” from The Saturday Jam 94.3 on WYBC.
Ty Hopkins) Where did you reside growing up? Describe the music scene out there for our audience.
Kandy) I spent the early part of my childhood in Derby, CT. My first exposure to music was soft rock, which I still like. There were no black radio stations, so I played my parent’s records (Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke), and I had Soul Train on Saturdays. I’d say my musical taste is varied.
Ty Hopkins) In an oversaturated industry with artists, podcasters, etc., what made you want to be in radio as a personality, and how did you get to be a part of it?
Kandy) I really wanted to be involved in radio because I love music and I love to talk. When I was 19, a friend at WNHC told me of a broadcasting class at Yale University for WYBC. I took the class and was on the air for three years. And then life got in the way, and I had to raise my family. After my sons were older, I had a meeting with Juan Castillo, and he put me on the air. First on The Juan Castillo Morning Show and the Saturday Jam. I really missed radio and will be forever grateful to Juan for giving me a chance.
Ty Hopkins) What’s the most challenging battle you had to face to be who you are today?
Kandy) My most challenging battle was seeing in myself what others saw in me. I am totally fine with knowing that I’m special, but so are we all. So, just as I see the gifts in others and encourage them. I encourage myself now.
Ty Hopkins) I would presume that it’s stressful yet fun in your line of work. How do you prep for your show? What’s that like being on-air?
Kandy) I wouldn’t say it’s stressful; I love it, so the only thing I may stress over is reaching the listener and connecting on some level. Not just musically but in the human experience.
Ty Hopkins) It’s great that you care about the listeners. How long have you been a radio host?
Kandy) I’ve been back on the air for about three years now. It’s going by fast.
Ty Hopkins) An inspiring personality wants to get on the radio right now. What advice are you willing to give to that young man or woman that wants to break out and be a radio host like you?
Kandy) Learn as much as you can. Be it through an internship like I did or going to school. Always be willing to put yourself out there and remember that there is only one you. Find the unique thing about you to show people.
Ty Hopkins) If anyone wants to contact you, how would they do that?
Kandy) The best way to contact me is on Facebook. Kandy Williams Davis
Ty Hopkins) For artists out there looking for airplay on the station or looking to buy ads/commercial time. How would they go by doing that?
Kandy) I would say to reach out to Juan Castillo. He’s the boss, and he is also big on supporting our local artists.
Ty Hopkins) Any last words you want to leave with our audience?
Kandy) I just want to thank you for this opportunity to talk to you. And I hope I could inspire someone. That would be a true gift.
Ty Hopkins) Well, Kandy. It was a pleasure to have you on this platform. We at Hip-hop paradise appreciate creators like yourself, and we wish you the best in your endeavors. Till next time my friend.