New midday host Morgen at WRFX-FM (Fox 99.7) is all about the music.
Six years of guitar lessons and a lifetime of loving rock she even married a bass player three years ago has prepared her for her new gig, where she drops tidbits of insight into the history of classic cuts from an encyclopedic music memory.
She respects the power of music to create moods and propel people to other times, based on hearing a particular song. Supertramps Take the Long Way Home, popular in 1979, always makes her flash back to her high school prom, and the boyfriend who dumped her there.
My job is to host the moment, says Morgen, 40, known in real life as Mary Kathryn Windham. People remember and go back to a simpler time when that song gave them joy. Listeners often call to talk about memories attached to songs she plays.
Dispensing quick facts in a husky voice as the music comes up has certain limits to her: You dont talk over the beginning of Stairway to Heaven. Blasphemous.
Windham was born in Washington State while her father was in the Air Force. He retired to Charleston when she was 5. She took broadcasting courses in community college and eventually landed on a Charleston station as an intern.
When her internship was up, she kept showing up for work. Nobody seemed to notice. She worked free for about a year before a supervisor, impressed with her banter, realized that she wasnt on the payroll. She was pretty soon, though, working part-time for $7.50 an hour.
Through the years, she kept finding part-time work on radio while keeping various day jobs to pay the bills. Finally, five years ago, she got a full-time offer from Clear Channel at one of its big Charleston stations. At last, she figured, shed made it.
Now, shes sure. Succeeding Bill Summerville, better known as Mr. Bill to Fox listeners over the last 15 years, she jumped from Charleston, the nations 82nd largest radio market, to Charlotte, market No. 24. (She still does her old show in Charleston, though, at WRFQ-FM (Q 104.5), through a computer link during breaks from her Fox show.)
Its like being invited to the big game, she says. I can actually do what I want to do and make a living. Its all I ever wanted.
Local winners of Emmys for the mid-South region are Stuart Watson, John Gray and Rachel Clapp of WCNC (Channel 36) for investigative reporting; Jeremy Markovich, Gray, Watson and Clapp of WCNC for news special; Markovich and Greg Bailey of WCNC for sportscast; Ron J. DeJoseph Jr. of WSOC (Channel 9) for animation; Joshua King, Andrew Manzella, Rossana Seitter and Randy Fulp of WSOC for technical achievement; Christine Nelson and John Carter of WBTV (Channel 3) for morning newscast;
Alex Farmartino of Raycom Sports for sports segment; Farmartino, David Barringer, Robert Reichley and Jeremy Williams of Raycom for sports series; Williams, Farmartino and Thomas Kane of Raycom for magazine program; Michael Brouder, Michael Emerick and Adam Shumaker of Fox Sports South for sports promo; Hammond Reynolds, Rohan Backfisch, Randy Stephens and Tom Huet of Fox Sports South for live event; Anthony Fedele of Concentrix Music and Sound Design for audio; Fred Story of Concentrix for composing and arranging; and Len Faulconer and Resa Toeller of UNC-TV for promo spot.
Brittney Cason, former Panthers cheerleader and co-host of NASCARs 3 Wide Life, moves from the morning The O Show on WNKS-FM (Kiss 95.1) with Jeremy Otis Maher and Brendan Croghan to sports talk WFNZ-AM (Fan 610) on The Mac Attack with Chris McClain and Jim Celania. Cason will do hourly sports news flashes. Keynote speaker for the For Sisters Only event in Charlotte April 28 will be syndicated talk show host Wendy Williams. ... Tara Servatius, the former WBT-AM (1110) personality resigned this week as a blogger for the John Locke Foundation after illustrating an item about President Obama with an image that showed the president in chains and with a box of fried chicken, will continue as morning co-host on a Myrtle Beach radio station.