An E-mail Interview with WOR Radio Host Pete McCarthy
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.