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Do receptionists get hired as on-air commercial radio hosts any more?

KTUF-FM‘s Helen Adams is retiring after 45 years of service. She began her stint at the Kirksville, Missouri FM country music radio station in 1967.

“When I started here I was fresh out of high school: secretary, receptionist, traffic controller who schedules the commercials on the programs,” Adams recalled. “I did that for eighteen years.”

Then in 1986, noticing the fine quality of her voice, the station manager approached her about becoming an on-air host. “What happens if it doesn’t work out?” Adams asked. “Too bad. It’s sink or swim Helen,” came the reply. “So I didn’t want to sink, so I swam and I loved it!”

Congratulations to Adams on a great career. But I’m wondering if receptionists still get hired as on-air commercial radio hosts any more. Does that kind of inspiring from-the-bottom-up trajectory still happen?

My tentative answer is that, thanks to media consolidation, it doesn’t. But you never know. It would be great to hear what Radio Survivor readers in the field have to say.


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2 Responses to Do receptionists get hired as on-air commercial radio hosts any more?

  1. Todd Nemet April 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Nicole on Sirius Hits was the receptionist there. I remember Howard Stern interviewing her about this. Must have been about 5 years ago or so.

  2. Sally Hille April 17, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I just wanted to say Congratulations to Helen for all her years in radio. I, too was in radio in the 40’s, 60’s and 70’s…retired in 1979….But when I reached 90 years of age, decided I needed something to do…so now I do a radio show called Good News For Seniors (for older seniors 70 or more)…and I am having the time of my life. I do it on my computer, send it back to the station and then it also goes on my podcast. So , Helen when you are 90, you may decide to go back into radio…and if you do, I know you will have a ball…Best of luck to you….Sally Hille, Nokomis, Fla, and Williamstown, W.Va.

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