A nose - and voice - for news
When Carol McCarthy became the news director at KDLM Radio last month, it was familiar territory for the Detroit Lakes native.
Though she hadn't worked in local news radio before, McCarthy did have seven years of previous radio broadcasting experience on her resume.
"I missed radio," she said of her reasons for taking the job. "I had been thinking about it (getting back into broadcasting) for a while... the opportunity presented itself, and I decided to take it on."
McCarthy, a 1987 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, holds a degree in English from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., with a minor in communications and media. She also received training in radio broadcasting from the Brown Institute in Minneapolis.
"I love writing, and I love broadcasting," she explained. "Put the two together, and you have a radio news reporter."
Her journalism experience actually began in high school, when she worked on The Detronian with instructor Mark Hassenstab, and continued with her work on the college newspaper, The Independent, at St. Benedict's, where she served as features editor. She was also an intern at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for one summer during college.
While completing her broadcast training at Brown Institute, McCarthy began an internship with the Minnesota News Network in Minneapolis. Her career in broadcasting officially began with a job as a radio news reporter in Red Wing, Minn.
She eventually moved up to the news director's position at a radio station in Hutchinson, then took a job as an assistant news director at Brainerd. Then, she shifted careers a little bit, and began a five-year stint at Econo-Clad Books, a subsidiary of the Sagebrush Corporation, in the Twin Cities, where she worked with publishing children's books.
"I took a hiatus from news radio," she said. But she continued her work in broadcasting with KFAI Radio, which she described as "very multicultural."
"That was an eye opening experience -- it gave me new insight," she said. "I also saw how non-profit radio worked."
In 2003, McCarthy moved back to Detroit Lakes, and opened her own business, called Your Story.
Her work with Your Story basically involves compiling personalized audio and video documentaries of her clients' lives and family histories, she explained.
When she's not doing that, McCarthy also does some volunteer video production work with the Historic Holmes Theatre, and has also done some volunteer work with the Veteran's Museum project in Perham, compiling audio and video histories of area war veterans. She is also a volunteer swimming coach with the Detroit Lakes High School Lakers, and the Sunfish swimming program.
Her resume also includes working as a program facilitator with the Boys & Girls Club in Detroit Lakes, helping them learn how to work with various types of visual and audio media. For a while, she also ran the Steamin' Bean coffee shop inside the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center.
All of those experiences, McCarthy noted, have helped her garner the necessary credentials and knowledge to enhance her work at KDLM, which is a part-time position.
"It was pretty easy to slip back into it," she said, noting that she had been working as a part-time weekend announcer at the station for a couple of years prior to taking on the news director's position. "I really like it."