An E-mail Interview with WOR Radio Host Pete McCarthy

4/20/14 in Media   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Blog Photo - An E-mail Interview with WOR Radio Host Pete McCarthyTo get into the sports radio industry, one must work very hard and be ready to climb the ladder to get the position they ultimately want in the industry.

One sports radio host that did that and more is
WOR Radio’s Pete McCarthy. From doing sports-related work in high school, college, and now the professional ranks, Pete has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today as a sports radio and Mets on Deck host.

Pete was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he became a sports fan, how he got into sports radio, where he has worked and currently works, as well as his advice to those who want to get into the industry.
 
PH: Growing up, how did you get into following sports? 
PM: My dad is a huge sports fan and sports were always on the television. He's a Mets, Jets, Islanders fan and saddled me with the ugly trifecta. I wouldn't have it any other way, though.
PH: Who were some of your favorite teams and players growing up? Why?
PM: Had many favorite players over the years but it's tough to think of one athlete that stood out. Never had a Derek Jeter-like player to watch on those teams through the 90's.

They were all rather transient. Liked David Cone and remember crying when he was traded to the Blue Jays. I eventually decided that Jason Isringhausen would be my guy. I bought all of his rookie cards, paid by the letter to put his name on the back of a Mets shirt, but he never quite panned out.

I always enjoyed watching Curtis Martin with the Jets. If I had to pick one, he would be the guy.


PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a sports broadcaster? 
PM: I always knew I wanted to be involved with sports. Like many, I held out hope of being a player for a little while, but my .150 little league batting average was pretty telling.

I remember watching Mets games as a kid and thinking how much fun it must be to call the games and travel the country. I thought about working for a team but I worked for the Long Island Ducks and a game day employee in high school and saw the workload and often misery that was involved for the full-timers and decided that wasn't for me.


PH: How did you get your start in the sports broadcasting industry? What did you learn at the first channel/station that you worked out? 
PM: While working for the Ducks, a man named Bill Terry offered me a job doing promotions for WALK 97.5 and that was my start in radio.
 
I dressed up as WALKie the Bear and went to events all around Long Island handing out bumper stickers and promoting the station. I eventually had the opportunity to board-op some Long Island Ducks games.
 
I went to Hofstra and joined the campus radio station WRHU as soon as I could. Well, I was actually wait-listed for the fall training class and had to wait a semester and then failed my first on-air check because I didn't pronounce "W" correctly.
 
By May of 2003 I was a full-fledged member of the sports department there and started doing on-air sportscasting for the first time.
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