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Mike McMearty

Director of News and Programming, WTOP-FM (Hubbard), Washington, D.C.

Mike McMearty

Mike got his start in radio at WMJS-FM, a little mom-and-pop station (literally) in Prince Frederick, Md., while waiting tables, bartending and cooking at the old Sir Walter Raleigh Inn. His next stop was WNAV-FM in Annapolis. The pay was such that he kept his job waiting tables, bartending and cooking. He came to WTOP-FM in 1992, working 9 to 5 as an assistant editor (not THAT 9 to 5… 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Once in the door at WTOP, he decided to hang up his tongs and apron and concentrate solely on news. Mike has been at WTOP for 23 proud years now. In that time, he's been an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, assistant news director, news director and as of June 2015, director of News and Programming. So far in 2015, WTOP has won 24 major awards for excellence in journalism and has been recognized twice in the past five years with the National Edward R. Murrow for Overall Excellence.




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