10 Questions with ... Christy Carter
February 24, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Started my radio career at WRIF/Detroit, and then moved to L.A. to do weekends at KROQ. After about a month of doing weekends, Chris Hardwick went to MTV full-time, and I took the overnight shift on KROQ. After KROQ I worked at KMXN/Anaheim and KFSD/San Diego (with Jeremy Pritchard). When those stations were sold, I returned to the Midwest to work at FM 102/1. After a few years in Milwaukee and the brutal winters, I remembered why I had left the Midwest in the first place, and returned to Southern California. Found Jeremy at FM 94/9, and moved to San Diego in 2012 to do weekends/fill-in and promo at the station. After several months of doing that, I was SUPER lucky to get the night shift at my beloved FM 94/9, and life is GOOD!
1. How did you become interested in radio?
I was a music junkie at a young age, which took me to the natural progression of doing college radio. From that moment on, I was HOOKED. I've been privileged to be able to make a career out of following my passion.
2. It's been two years since you moved from weekends to weeknights on FM 94/9. How did you get the night gig at the station?
Good question! I never really asked...I was just stoked to get it, and was up against some tough competition. I went to my boss, Jeremy, for the answer to this one, and he said that he and Kevin were impressed by my enthusiasm & commitment to the station, and I was just a natural fit for the night shift here at 94/9.
3. How would you describe your weeknight show from 7p-midnight on FM 94/9?
It's very oriented towards my personality, I think. Jeremy's GREAT at scheduling that way, and really gears the music towards our individual personalities. It's Alternative Rock with a bit of an edge.
4. What makes your show unique?
Because I'm live (which seems FAR too rare these days), I get to be extremely interactive with our listeners through giveaways, a nightly countdown of our 8 most requested songs of the day ("What You 8"), and actually play listener requests as well. We have awesome, and very loyal listeners...they're the best! It's A LOT of fun!
5. How do you use Social Media?
Because the majority of the "news" has usually already happened by the time I get into work, I mainly use it as a way of engaging with our listeners, or promoting different things I have coming up for the night.
6. What do you love most about your job?
Wow...SO much, really! I LOVE having the opportunity to share the music I love with others. I LOVE getting to know our listeners on a personal level. Mostly, I would have to say, I LOVE the sense of family we have here at FM 94/9. Every day I have the honor of coming to work with my best friends...my family. It's the most talented, passionate team of people I've ever been lucky enough to be a part of...it's a true sense of togetherness. It's really a once in a lifetime sort of place.
7. What's it like working for Kevin Callahan and Jeremy Pritchard?
One of the GREATEST experiences of my entire career. They are SO dedicated, and committed, and are excellent examples of what I strive to be each day. I know that sounds totally butt-kissy, but it's the absolute truth.
8. Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
I'd have to say Jed the Fish, or Sluggo. I'd sort of idealized them both from early on in my career. They're both so on it, and naturally funny (in that sarcastic way) they really make it seem effortless.
9. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without _________
10. What may surprise people most about you?
I've seen Nine Inch Nails in concert 44 times and have 3 NIN tattoos.
What are your hobbies?
Last non-industry job?
I pimped horses...my Andalusian stallions, to be exact.
First record ever purchased?
Blushing...Rick Springfield (the one with Jesse's Girl on it)
The Bee Gees (think I was in 2nd grade)
Favorite band of all-time?
Nine Inch Nails. Hands down.