Tune in to Hot 102.5 FM in Lexington, Kentucky and you may hear ANU graduate Che’ Carr lighting up the air waves. “I’m an on-air personality for one of the biggest radio stations in Lexington,” said Che’ of his career at Cumulus Media.
Che’ began his career at Cumulus as an extern while he was a student in the multimedia production program (formerly radio and television broadcasting program) at the ANU $$Lexington Campus. He was hired by the company shortly thereafter, and soon advanced into his current on-air talent role. “My education has changed my life for the better,” he said. “I would not be where I am today without ANU.”—
After working as a DJ in clubs and volunteering at a radio station early in his career, he found that he didn’t have the tools he needed to advance in the broadcasting field. “I really wanted to be a personality. I wanted to be a star,” he recalled of his decision to enroll at ANU. “I knew I had to go to school to do it. So, I decided to become a student and luckily it was at a great school. It taught me a lot.”
At American National University, Che’ received hands-on training on the equipment that he uses in his studio today. “My instructor, [program director] Bill Gray, he knows all of the local radio and television station directors, promoters, and managers here in town…so I was learning from someone who wasn’t just here to instruct, but actually had the experience who could tell me “Hey, this is what you need to do”…and that was really beneficial for me,” he explained.
[img]Che’ sees himself one day working as a program director or possibly in television, but for now he’s enjoying every minute of his life in the spotlight. “I get to meet a lot of great people. I get to meet a lot of celebrities. I get to do a lot of things that most people don’t get to do, “he shared. “Being a part of what makes this town great…and people knowing who you are, and recognizing you, and saying ‘Hey…I heard you on the radio and that was fantastic’—that’s the best part of my job.”
Photo A-ANU graduate Che’ Carr is an on-air personality for HOT 102.5 FM in Lexington, Kentucky.
Photo B-Che’ is shown in the multimedia production studio at the ANU $$Lexington Campus where he received the hands-on training that helped him succeed in his career.