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Mel McMahon

Hometown:  Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, but went to an all girls boarding school run by nuns for high school in Ferdinand and lived in Bloomington for undergrad. Indiana girl through and through!

How did you get your start in radio?  I started as a receptionist at a radio station in Bloomington my senior year of college, and I did everything but answer the phone!  Since then, I have been a VJ on a music television station, worked in promotions, was an account executive, a traffic reporter, show host, producer, and more. I’m so excited that HI-99 and I found each other.  It’s a perfect fit!

What’s the best part about working in radio?  The people, hands down. The relationships are what make radio the best ever--doesn’t matter if it is the listener, the artist, the community partner, or the advertiser.  People are what give radio life.  

Favorite concert?  That’s a tough one! I have lots. Tom Petty at Verizon Wireless Music Center, Kings of Leon at Bonnaroo, Violent Femmes at The Vogue, Modest Mouse in Bloomington, most Dave Matthews Band shows, Miranda Lambert/Keith Urban/Luke Bryan at Klipsch Music Center…. Basically, I love live music. My favorite concerts are the music festival type that allow you to see all different kinds of artists.  I have a broad musical taste, so I enjoy lots of different artists and venues.

Favorite TV Shows?  They change every season, but right now, I am really into Nashville, Downtown Abbey, The Black List, The Goldbergs and any Project Runway rerun.  I’m also a big fan of PBS, so I like a lot of documentaries and educational stuff.  I’m trying to make up for not paying enough attention in school.

Most Awkward Radio Moment?  It’s hard to pick just one… Well, one of the best perks about radio is that no one can see you, so if your makeup isn’t quite right or if your hair isn’t done, it usually isn’t a big deal.  When I was doing mornings on a Top 40 station in Indianapolis, I woke up late for work one day and just rolled into the studio with my hair in a ponytail, no make-up, and pajama pants.  No big deal right?  Right… Until we had to take pictures with Enrique Iglesias!  

Dream Vacation?  I would love to take a cruise around the world, but I will settle for a beach with no wi-fi access. Completely unplugging every once in a while is important.

Anything else we should know?  Well, there is probably more you shouldn’t know about me.  ;-)  To sum me up, I’m a Virgo with lots of Leo qualities.  I love everything local--so much so that my husband Lance and I started our own business called Indiana Originals to help promote local.  I’m a big foodie, I love traveling, and I am a huge people person.  Can’t wait to meet you! P.S. Never ask me to sing.  I’m not good at that.

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