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Kimberly Mitchell born and bred in west Trinidad remembers exactly how it all started for her. It was around the time of April 2007 she was listening to 96.1 WEFM and heard them announce that they were looking for “The new voices of 96.” The first few times Kim heard the 96.1 ‘New voices’ calling, she couldn’t muster up the guts to heed the call. But she ultimately rose to the challenge. She organized her demo with the help of some producers and ended up dropping it off on the day of the deadline.
Three months later her faith would decide itself as she got a call from Paul Richards who asked her if she was still interested in a career in radio. The Sunday after Paul called her, Kim found herself sitting in the 96.2 WEFM studios, co-hosting with Alan A. Gray, who she initially trained with for close to a year. Kim eventually settled into hosting the mid morning show and also the ‘Hook up’ on Sunday mornings.
Kimberly Mitchell was fortunate in the sense that she always had the support of her parents while growing up; they were always her support system and her biggest fan base and always encouraged her to pursue her dreams and her talents. She was always an avid listener to radio, since her school days at Bishop and in 2000 was introduced to Derek Pereira of Xcaliber disco, one of the biggest sound systems on 96.1 WEFM at the time.
From liming with the group and attending the sound clashes, she immediately found a passion for music and wanted to do what the ‘fellas’ were doing. So kim went out and sourced a group of young women with the same passion as her and they formed the all female sound system “Nubian Sounds.” She headlined as the DJ and founder of the trio.
Some of her major influences were Glen Antoine, Paul Richards, Cheryl Vilaran, Avril St. Hill, Tamara Williams and Adrian Mora.
Kim’s favorite memories working at 96.1 WEFM include meeting both Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, falling flat on her butt twice while working and making her wining debut to “Manning going back” while working with Sheyna, and let’s not forget to mention that this wining session was recorded and posted on Facebook.
Outside of the studio she spends her time with her daughter, going to plays, movies, trying new restaurants, partying, shopping, liming with close friends, driving, facebooking and in bed (interpret that however you may lol)
Kim’s pet peeves include people who are annoyingly persistent, callers who block their numbers and hang up repeatedly, bad drivers, poor customer service and guys who boast about themselves and people who send ‘call me’ or ‘credit me’ requests.
Her loyal listeners are her motivation to get up and trek down to work every day. She adores her listeners and appreciates them. She is also motivated by the group of talented and unique people she works with, and the simple fact... she LOVES her job.
In her earlier days, Kim admits she used to get nervous, but now it just feels like a lime because she never tries to be anyone but herself and not other people’s perception of what a radio host should be.
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