Name: Kim Henson
Job Title and Description: Membership Services Coordinator
What did your journey to this job look like?
In 1995 I graduated NCSU with a BS in Business Management and Marketing after transferring from Isothermal Community College (which WNCW is located in). Directly out of college I worked in a corporation for 2 years until I had my first son. I took 9 months off to be a mom and then took a position at a non-profit organization working with Human Resources and Volunteers. I remained there for 9 years and then found myself on a job search for a new opportunity. WNCW was an “out-of-my-box” job opportunity. I had no experience in music but had a love for all kinds of music. I was hired on in the Membership Department on a part-time basis. This turned into full time after one year and I have enjoyed every minute of the music, the listeners, the staff and the college we are based out of. I have been with the station 5 years this month. It feels like home now.
Do you have a musician that is your favorite or that you think others should know about?
I am a child of the 80’s so I am always up for a tune from the B52’s. The DJ’s surprise me at times with a blast from the past. The variety of genres played at WNCW is what I love and what makes it special.
What makes working at WNCW special?
WNCW staff feels like my extended family. We spend extensive hours together during our fund drive seasons so we see each other at our best and our worst and support each other through the sleep deprivation.
What part of your career makes you feel the most inspired?
Many listeners have expressed that WNCW makes their day and I am glad to be a small part of that! I love seeing our members/listeners overjoyed with the music.
Do you have any advice as a woman for a woman? What’s the best advice you’ve received from another woman?
Find your passion, no matter how big or small, and incorporate it into your life in some way whether it be your career or a favorite past time. You will be a happier, more fulfilled person for having done so. Life’s too short to be miserable, treasure every minute of it!
Interviews and Photos by Sarajane Case. Sarajane Case is a freelance photographer (specializing in portraits of women) and blogger: www.sarajaneblog.com and www.the20somethings.com. In her free time she enjoys writing or laughing over great coffee and good bourbon.