10 Questions with ... Katie DiMartile
July 8, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
I started as a senior in high school at WNTI/Hackettstown, where I did production and eventually middays; then it was on to Emerson College in Boston and WERS, where I was MD and then PD. After graduation I went to WXRV (92.5 The River)/Boston where I was APD. After a year at the River I ended up where I am now, Music/Promotions Director at Radio Woodstock!
1. How did you become interested in radio?
I've been a huge music fan for a long time. I was the strange kid who dressed up as Stevie Nicks for Halloween when I was 12; none of my friends got it, but I thought I was really cool. So when I got the opportunity to do a high school internship I picked WNTI. It was in my hometown and figured it would be a place where I could work but still be around music. It didn't take me long to realize that a career centering around music was something I'd really enjoy.
2. Who are your mentors?
I will always hold the professional staff at WERS in a very high regard; I learned so much from working with them every day. Jack Casey, Howard Simpson, Peter Crawford and Sara Morgan taught me so much and have been there when ever I've had a question, even after I graduated! Then there's Uncle Paul ... you probably know him as Paul Marszalek; I can confidently say that every WERS alum has a special place in their heart for Paul. He is a fountain of programming and promotions ideas and taught me so much during my time at WERS.
3. What is the best advice someone has given you?
Calm down, it's just radio, not brain surgery.
4. What about Woodstock interested you to move there?
It's hard for a music fan not to be drawn to Woodstock. It's a little creative oasis filled with musical history -- as you can tell I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my new town. Check back in a couple months to see if things have changed ;)
5. How was your first Mountain Jam experience?
Exciting! I've never been part of an event that size, so watching everything come together and seeing festival-goers enjoying the music was pretty amazing. It was only my second week on the job, so I was instantly spoiled with a lot of great music from The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Dispatch, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Lone Bellow, Soullive, Conspirator, Deer Tick, Amy Helm, David Wax Museum and a ton of other wonderful acts.
6. What is your typical day like?
Most of my day is taking care of station promotions, ticket giveaways and events. I listen to most of the new music on my ride to and from the station.
7. What new bands are you most excited about?
There is a lot of great new music our right now, but out of the past year the new band that really has me excited has got to be the Lone Bellow. Those harmonies are just perfect!
8. Besides your own, what is your favorite radio format?
If it's not Triple A, I'm usually getting caught up on podcasts of talk programs.
9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no idea, but as long as I'm somewhere close to the ones I love and have a job that has me excited about tomorrow, I know I'll be happy.
10. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without ...
... coffee and my dog!
Last non-industry job:
Summer camp councilor
First record ever purchased:
Springsteen's The Rising when I was 11
My mom took me to Fleetwood Mac in 2001
Favorite band of all-time:
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time away from work?
Right now, planning my wedding! But after September life will go back to normal and I can take my dog on walks, swim, listen to music and spend time with good friends!