10 Questions with ... Carrie Neuman
March 30, 2015
1. How did you become interested in radio?
Radio found me. I was raised by the world's biggest Dylan fan, who very early on would strap too-big-for-me headphones to my ears, play rare cuts from the catalog and then later grill me on the meanings of the lyrics. I grew up devouring any music I could get my hands on from my babysitters' Blondie albums to my Mom's Broadway musicals on tape. Sooner than I probably should have, I was hanging out with the rats and the punks at the original 9:30 Club on F St., seeing GWAR and The Skunks and The Slickee Boys.
I never set out to be in radio. I was well in to my 30s, with a degree in English Literature, when I stumbled into it, but it was then I thought back on an old memory which made me think I might have finally found my calling; As a kid I used to set up my Panasonic tape recorder, plug in the mic and get my little brother to pretend to be popular musicians whom I would then interview. I have interviews with Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Boy George and David Lee Roth. Try as I might I could never get him to pretend to be a girl!
2. How long have you been at WRNR? When did you assume MD duties?
I started at RNR in October 2004 and was named MD almost exactly 10 years later.
3. How would you describe the music on the station?
Triple A with Alternative leanings, cause "I wanna rock." sometimes.
4. How do you feel about the current climate of music?
I liked it better than the '90s.
5. What are some of your favorite new artists?
Benjamin Booker and Courtney Barnett are two of my current favorites. I like my bluesy/folk with a dash of punk rock.
6. What has been your biggest career highlight?
Well I made my brother pretend to be Robert Smith so I could pretend to interview him and 20 years later I got the real deal. Memorable shows and interviews will always top my list of highlights. Most recently, talking with Sean Lennon or seeing Hozier perform in a local church before heading to the Governor's Mansion for Guinness's, Maryland's first lady is a fan.
7. How do you stay in tune with your audience?
I may be MD now but I still work a lot of promotions and remotes, which gives me more than ample opportunity to hear how our listeners are feeling/reacting.
8. Besides your own, what is your favorite radio format?
9. What would surprise people most about the station?
Without duct tape, we would not be on the air.
10. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without ...
... A smile
First record ever purchased:
The Clash, Combat Rock
Without my parents: The Beastie Boys License to Ill. Side note: I was only allowed to go to this show because my Dad misheard me when I asked permission and thought I said The Beach Boys.
Favorite band of all-time:
Is this a trick question?