CBS Radio Host Mike Adam “The Block Button is My Best Friend”
Please tell us about yourself and what you do?
I’m a host for CBS Radio, on 96.5 AMP Radio in Philly Monday through Friday, then on 92.3 AMP Radio in NYC Saturday and Sunday. Clearly, I’m a workaholic, haha. But I love what I do. Aside from radio, I do some web hosting and TV hosting here and there.
Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?
Well, not too long ago I launched this hour long weekend radio program called “Covers”. I play “your favorite artists covering your favorite songs”…so think Ed Sheeran singing a Rihanna song, The Weeknd putting his own spin on a Beyonce song, stuff like that. It airs here in Philly now, but I’m working on getting in syndicated. That’s my current little project.
Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body? If so, how do you navigate through that terrain? How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?
Wow, that’s a unique question. You know, I do feel some pressure to look a certain way. Radio is not what it once was…our faces are no longer hidden. With social media and all the video content we push out, our audience is very aware of what we look like. But I think it’s important to remind yourself your career is only one part of your life…no matter how much you may love it. So to let it consume you in any kind of unhealthy way is…well, unhealthy!
To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you? Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?
The block button on Twitter is my best friend, haha. People say the meanest things online…Twitter, YouTube comments, it’s awful. Just the other day someone tweeted something along the lines of, “You’re terrible at your job. You should be fired.” Stuff like that is just mean, you know? But I don’t even bother responding to negative comments or people. I know I’m good at my job, and I also know I have a TON of things to be happy about, so to let trolls online ruin my day would be ridiculous.
What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc. and what it is about the mission of Mental Fitness that speaks to you?
Many of my family members have struggled with weight issues, myself included, and I know first hand what it’s like to look in the mirror and be disgusted with what you’re seeing. It’s important to feel good about yourself, and to be surrounded by encouraging, positive people. I think Mental Fitness addresses important issues, and can be that support system for certain people who feel like they have no one to turn to…or who feel like no one could possibly being going through what they are.
Who were the role models in your life?
My Mother. She raised me by herself. She’s my best friend, and the person I really strive to be like. Caring, intelligent, driven, funny…it’s a long list, the things I love about her. We’ll be here all day.
What do you define as beautiful?
I think beauty is too hard to define, because it can appear in so many different things. But to me, some of the things that first come to mind are, people who put others before themselves, people who are passionate about their work, open-minded people, and people who count their blessings and enjoy life…that’s all beautiful.
How do you define inner beauty?
I’ve found that I’m most drawn to individuals with a great sense of humor, people that are motivated, people who like to listen and really absorb what another person is saying (and who aren’t just waiting for ‘their turn’ to talk). I think inner beauty is appreciating life, as well as other people.
What is happiness?
That depends on the person! For me, it would be spending time with my loved ones, traveling, and attempting to somehow make the world a better place (whether it’s planting a tree or working with charities).
Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge? Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/a
I’m in! I love the Real Deal Pledge. Everyone should be conscious about how their words and actions affect others. Plus, being comfortable in your own skin is extremely important. That doesn’t mean neglecting being healthy, but being happy with your own individual progress and not comparing yourself to anyone else.
How do you manage your stress levels in daily life? Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool? Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?
I think my wife helps lower my stress level, haha. Sometimes I get so caught up in my work world, and she reminds me to ‘turn it off’. I love my job, but I also love other aspects of my life just as much…it not more, and my wife reminds me of that, and makes sure I’m not missing out on life, if that makes sense at all. But music is a great coping tool as well…and I’m lucky, because it happens to be a HUGE part of my job!
How do you find a work-life balance — as a man, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?
It’s not easy finding a healthy balance…especially for a motivated person. I have a tendency to let myself be consumed by things, and we all known, too much of anything is never good. Plus, with social media, you can ALWAYS be doing something, and for me, that’s dangerous, because if I’m not ‘on’ 24/7 I kind of get FOMO. But again, my wife has played a huge role in helping me find that work/personal life balance…and it has made me a happier person.
I realize it’s okay to NOT give EVERYTHING to your work…because then what’s left for yourself? Or for your loved ones? At the end of the day, I know my work doesn’t define me, and I don’t necessarily want it to. I want to be good at what I do, but I want my relationships and adventures to be what I remember of this life.
If you can go back and talk to your younger self, what would you tell yourself and what would you tell others reading now?
You don’t DESERVE anything, no matter how much you think you do. Work hard, and you’ll catch whatever it is you’re chasing. And once you take your foot off the gas petal a little, just know that there’s someone right behind you still flooring it…if you’re willing to accept that, then cool…if not, you better not slow down. Oh, and if you have the option to pull an all-nighter or sleep for even just an hour…take that hour, it goes a long way.