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Keith Shortall
August, 2013  
Keith Shortall

How did you get into broadcasting?

I never had a desire or plan to get into broadcasting. In fact, one of my housemates at Bowdoin was the program director of the college station, WBOR, who was always after me to give it a try. After graduation and a slow start as an illustrator in Boston, I found myself back at home in Maine, unemployed, when I got a call from another Bowdoin friend. He was headed to Portland for an interview at a radio station, so I went along for the ride and stayed at his apartment on the couch for a few weeks. One day the phone rang, and it was the program director from my friend’s station, WJBQ. He explained that one of the DJs had just quit and asked if there was anyone in the house that could do an air shift from midnight to 6:00 a.m. I told him that I had never done radio before, but he said that was okay, and to just be at the station by 11:30, and someone would show me how to run the music. I’ve been in radio ever since.



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