Tom McCarthy   Biography

In a wonderful email from Tom he tells us about his career. 
My radio life began back in '66 when my dad took me to visit a friend of his, who was working the night shift at WWOG-(FM 99.9) in Boca Raton and after going thru the door, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my professional life.  I pestered the owner, who also happened to be the chief engineer, GM, and custodian, to give me a job doing ANYTHING.  I wound up sweeping floors and emptying garbage cans at cross-town WSBR(-AM 740) for $1 an hour, and eventually worked my way on the air, leaving as news director about two years later!  After a few months in Stuart, FL, I was hired at WJNO(-AM 1290) in West Palm where I had the joy of working with the talented likes of Dave Edwards, Ray Marsh, Pete Kaye (who is STILL there!), Steve Armstrong, Jim Kern and a host of others.  Sheesh, I was barely 18!   After a few years, I went to Miami's WIOD(-AM 610), then left the state for seven years at General Electric's WGY(-AM 810) in Schenectady, NY.  Back to Florida in the 80s at WDBO(-AM 580) in Orlando for several years, then back to the NE.  In Hartford for a few, unsavory years, then, like the nomads we radio people sometimes are, I moved to western Washington state where I worked for over 20 years.  I ended my fifty year career doing morning news for WHO-AM in Des Moines, Iowa and on my 66th birthday, retired.  That's my radio life in a few paragraphs. I have a small voiceover business on the side;  Wonderboy Productions  under my real name, and enjoy restoring old cars to keep me out of the fridge and off the couch!
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Here is Tom in the WDBO-AM 580 studio on Ivanhoe Blvd in 1982
photo courtesy of Dave Edwards

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