North Carolina native Randy Wilson has professionally served as an Executive Leader in the Behavioral Health field for the past twenty or so years. With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and deep interests in communications, podcasts have by far been his greatest instrument. Randy developed a love for podcasting by being what he considers himself as a “podcast nerd,” dedicating countless hours at night to shows. Furthermore, it was only right that he began one of his own. In the latest interview, we talked with Randy Wilson about his childhood, college, and more below.
Take me though your adolescent years, how would you describe growing up in Carolina?
I grew up in the Central Piedmont area of North Carolina. Growing up I was heavily involved in Liberal Art (i.e.music/theatre). I played basketball all through school, and up through college attending Emory & Henry College. Following college I continued to play in some professional amateur leagues. I’m still heavily involved with basketball as a coach and trainer in the Richmond, VA area. I was fortunate to come from a 2 parent household having a strong belief in family. I also have a younger brother Shane Wilson that resides in Charlotte, NC.
As far as personality goes, would you say that you were very vocal? Did you participate in any clubs or groups throughout your school days?
I have always been very opinionated and vocal never shying away from any opportunity to use my voice; however, I enjoy listening equally. Randy’s extracurricular involvement was in Music, Arts, & Sports throughout college.
Tell me about obtaining your master’s degree, how did Clinical Psychology stand out amongst other career options?
I had a professor by the name of Dr. Chris Qualls that helped me realize that the best way to create income was to use the god given skills that had helped me until that point through life. A lot of people go to college trying to figure it out, but I really just had to slow down and look at what I had done and become. Therefore studying Psychology came natural to me. At that time, I realized that I had always been a communicator, and or a support to the people around me. Growing up I didn’t have enemies, I moved in and out different crowds. I was my female friends best guy friend, but also good friends and still to this day to a lot of the people I grew up with. I have always been a relationship person, and I work really hard to maintain relationships throughout my travels.
How about your passion for podcast, how old were you when that first began and who were some of your influences?
I ran a Campus Radio Station at WEHC 90.7 the Buzz. I also did some sports broadcasting. I think the love started there which led Randy after college for working with a Virginia Based Record Label and Clear Channel in marketing and advertising.
When it came to creating your own, how did you go about starting a podcast?
When I was a kid, I use to think the things I seen on TV, were so far away, and one day I realized that all I had to do is set the phone up in front of me. I just had to start, and once I started, I was hooked, and since then it’s been no turning back. I don’t feel like I can stop now, because I am creating an audience and providing a demographic with content that they see value. I feel obligated at this time to live out this journey, for I strongly believe it is what I am supposed to do in my life.
So far, what is the biggest mistake and the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to not listen to anyone more than myself. I know what I want, I have the work ethic to get it done, and I can not allow other peoples goals, agenda, or feelings to interfere. The biggest mistake, is learning through experiences of allowing other people to influence me in areas when I know what it is I want to do best for me. If people get upset with me, my goal, and my vision for myself, then that is there problem. I’m on a mission and I’m determined to make this podcast work!
What you discuss via your podcast; news, music, sports, what can people expect to hear from you?
I focus on difference makers who are making significant impacts in whatever areas of interest that they have involvement. From artist, entrepreneurs, business owners, athletes, the Randy Wilson Podcast is a Culture & Society Podcast, and Randy as an interviewer feels comfortable sitting down and talking with anyone. I feel that changes can’t occur without the start of a conversation.
Going into the future, what plans do you have set aside from doing a podcast?
I desire to create more opportunities that his voice can be used in radio, television, facilitating dialogues, speaking engagements, and business consulting.
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