Kim is a DMV native growing up in Montgomery County, and she remembers exactly when she got bit by the broadcasting bug. She was 11 years old and went to work with her dad for an overnight shift at WTOP. Her “job” was to erase the audio recording devices of the time called carts (similar to 8-track cassettes). While she wasn’t able to stay awake for the entire shift, she remembers thinking that broadcasting was exactly what she wanted to do with her life.
She worked her way through Montgomery College-Rockville, working part-time at WTOP in Master Control. She attended Towson State University and continued to gain experience at WPGC-AM, as well as for Metro Traffic in Washington, D.C.
Just before graduation, she landed a full-time job at Metro Networks Baltimore in their news department. She worked there for a few years, left, and returned to news as a traffic reporter, where she was on several Baltimore radio stations and two television stations.
She was an airborne reporter for one of the TV stations when a train derailed in 2001 and caught fire in the tunnels under the city.
“Since I controlled the camera for my reports, we flew over to the scene, and my live shot of smoke billowing from the tunnel was used on the Today show with Matt Lauer talking over it. That was a pretty exciting for me.”
After her stint in Baltimore, she made the move to satellite radio and was reporting traffic for 24 different cities across the country. She left radio to pursue her graduate degree at West Virginia University and try her hand at the marketing side of communications.
But broadcasting has always been her first love. Things have come full circle, and Kim is back where it all started. She’s on the air at the station she’s loved for as long as she can remember.
You can reach Kim on the WTOP Traffic hotline at 202-895-5048 or follow her on Twitter @theKimMcCormick.