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Kathy Hart Waking up with By David Batka


YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN RADIO. WHAT HAS BEEN THE DRIVING FACTOR FOR YOUR SUCCESS? I have to confess that “success” was not my inspiration for getting into radio. And I certainly never dreamed of this level of success! Honestly, I got into radio because I didn’t want to work a nine-to-fi ve desk job. It’s just not in my DNA. One of my fi rst jobs was at a life insurance company, so I can say it was that job that inspired me to be successful in radio! And once radio was “in my blood,” I knew I could never work in any other fi eld.


IT’S WELL KNOWN THAT YOU ARE MORE OF A “SMALL TOWN GIRL.” WHAT APPEALS TO YOU MORE ABOUT THIS LIFESTYLE, RATHER THAN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CITY? My job gives me the “hustle and bustle” of the city. And with this job, I am fortunate enough to attend several black- tie events, red-carpet events, restaurant openings, etc. The “small town girl”


“HONESTLY, I GOT INTO RADIO BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO WORK A NINE- TO-FIVE DESK JOB.”


lifestyle keeps me grounded. That, and my small-town friends won’t let me become a city girl!


MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WAKE UP WITH THE TWO OF YOU EACH MORNING, WHAT HELPS YOU WAKE UP? After waking up at 3:30 [a.m.] for so many years, initially it was pure caffeine that got me going... lots of caffeine. But when I started living a [healthier] lifestyle and gave up coffee, I found some teas that had enough caffeine to do the job. That, and believe it or not, meditation helps me wake up. I do it fi rst thing in the morning for about 15 minutes. It actually clears my head and gives me a positive attitude to start the day. Well, on the mornings I don’t fall back asleep during meditation!


I’VE HEARD THAT ERIC AND YOU DON’T SOCIALIZE MUCH OUTSIDE OF WORK. IS THERE A REASON FOR THIS? Doesn’t it seem odd that Eric and I don’t socialize outside of the radio station? But it’s true! Other than charity events or work functions, we never see each other outside of the show... and that’s by design. I always believed it sounded too “clique-ish” to talk on the air about hanging out together. It has the feel that we are excluding our listeners. This way, when one of us shares a story, the


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