Native Jerseyan and New York radio star is all about equality

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Cindy Verointerview with WKTU radio’s Cindy Vero.

 Cindy Vero, host of the weekday WKTU morning show, “Wake Up with Cubby and Cindy,” is the first to tell you that she is no overnight success. Vero, a North Jersey native, began her career at a young age, and has emerged today as one of the most heard and recognized voices in the New York tristate area. She also has nothing but pure love for the LGBT community, and even emceed the “LGBT-INI @ BAR-TINI” fund-raiser for homeless LGBT youth in February.

You are obviously very passionate about doing work that benefits the LGBT community. Besides having a heart, why is equality important to you?

Cindy Vero

“At the shore I love all the spots: Seaside, Belmar, Asbury Park… too many to mention,” says Cindy Vero.

I am very passionate about the things I believe in. I also believe in giving back to the community and doing whatever I can to raise awareness about causes that are close to my heart. Equality is important to me because it means having the freedom to be able to live your life as you see fit – as long as you don’t hurt anyone or anything. Equality for me, is being accepted for who and what you are and your decisions and not be judged on how you choose to live your life or who you choose to live it with. I grew up very open-minded without borders to think and choose freely and to be accepting of people and their choices. I have no tolerance for hate or ignorance. We should not judge anyone but ourselves.

How did get to where you are at in radio today, and what are some major pointers you would give to those who are aspiring to be signature radio personalities?

I worked many hours and still continue to do so. Someone a long time ago told me to never say no. As I balance my workload now I see there are things I can’t devote my time to, but everything is important to me. I try to get out to as many events as possible, emcee events and show my face and support even if it’s just a stop, drop and roll. I try to treat people as they treat me. A little respect goes a long way. Stay true to your heart, focus on what you want in life, concentrate on it and take steps everyday to make your dreams a reality. Surround yourself with positive people. Again, I have no tolerance for people who poo-poo or hate on your dreams.

The environment of the your morning show is very fun, and there is something different always happening. How is it working on the show and with Paul “Cubby” Bryant?

Paul “Cubby” Bryant is a master. He is a New York City legend in radio and someone I admire tremendously. Cubby has the perfect balance of a personality for radio. Very open, happy and funny, yet firm when he believes in something, and always respectful. His personality is like mine and we volley beautifully together. Cubby is like my brother, he’s family and I am so proud and happy to say I work with him every day. I could not ask for a better person on the planet to be paired with. I have nothing but love and respect for a guy that is on every day and is just so much fun and genuine. Great guy.

You are a veteran at the “Beat of New York,” 103.5 WKTU. How does working at KTU compare to other stations in the tristate?

I have had the pleasure of working at KTU for the past few years now and I have to say the vibe at our station is like no other I have worked for. It’s fun, friendly and encourages you as an employee to deliver the best of yourself every day, every moment you crack that mic. Other stations along the way have helped mold me as far as mic technique is concerned. I will be forever grateful to the steps I took to get to KTU and the skill set I acquired to utilize on KTU. Other stations serve up what they need to for their area and do it to the best of their ability and I admire anyone whose heart is in this industry no matter what station they are on and represent. Love my radio people.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

I enjoy many things about my career. I have had the opportunity to sit down with some of the most incredible people and just kick it. I do love voicing things, like commercials, public service announcements, station liners, anything like that. I hope to have a more successful voiceover career one day. Movie trailers are always in my mind’s eye, but it’s a tough industry. Anything you want in life and have a desire for you have to work toward daily.

You are always getting booked for various event-hosting gigs. As someone who is on the forefront within the social circuit, what are some of your favorite Jersey hotspots?

Oh, there are so many to list. I travel all over the tristate area so it is hard to pinpoint all the great places. At the shore I love all the spots: Seaside, Belmar, Asbury Park, too many to mention. In New Jersey there are a few great spots. Loop Lounge, Chakra, a few great spots in Hoboken, I can go on and on. Don’t even get me started on the borough’s and some of the best places Connecticut, Rockland and Westchester has to offer. So much to do in this area.

You have interviewed everyone. Who have been some of your favorite guests on your KTU programs?

Some of my most favorite guests are Enrique Iglesias – just great energy and a lot of fun. Same thing with Ne-Yo… a great guy. Black Eyed Peas were so gracious and kind and Rihanna is a lot of fun as well. Very sincere!

KTU’s annual summer concert is approaching, which you emcee; who are some artists you are hoping get booked for this year’s festival?

It would be great to have Pitbull back. He is electrifying! What a performer! Sean Paul is awesome and Jennifer Lopez just dropped her new record; she’d be great too. We always showcased some of our Freestyle acts and I look forward to that every year. They can really  turn it out! I can’t wait to find out who is going to grace the stage this year! It’s always a surprise.

As a Jersey native, how was life growing up in New Jersey? How do you feel it affected your life, both negative and positive?

I am proud to be from the Garden State. As a Jersey girl, I never really got any flack about being from here. If anything, it has been  the opposite. People always want to come visit and see the state. We have so much more to offer than what you see or have seen on TV. Gorgeous lakes, beaches and people. Good schools and wonderful vacation spots and awesome places to eat. We border on different states and we are just a car ride away from places that other people have to fly hours to get to. Plus we have a nice balance of the seasons. I grew up in North Jersey with New York City in my front yard. I am very grateful for that. It is only in the later years I heard “Is everyone on The Sopranos like that in New Jersey?” I gotta laugh and say “No.” That’s really it.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yes, please listen to KTU every morning from 6 to 10 and join Cubby and Cindy in the morning. We keep you moving all morning with music and all the info you need. Plus tune in to KTU Cares every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. to hear who in the community is getting highlighted for the good they do! Check Cindy out on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter at cindy_vero! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Cindy Verointerview with WKTU radio’s Cindy Vero.

 Cindy Vero, host of the weekday WKTU morning show, “Wake Up with Cubby and Cindy,” is the first to tell you that she is no overnight success. Vero, a North Jersey native, began her career at a young age, and has emerged today as one of the most heard and recognized voices in the New York tristate area. She also has nothing but pure love for the LGBT community, and even emceed the “LGBT-INI @ BAR-TINI” fund-raiser for homeless LGBT youth in February.