During Raye Kimberlin’s career, she has held many different roles in many different types of companies. But all is possible, she says, thanks to her strong communications and media foundation she’s gained at Ohio University and her WOUB.
“I remember seeing the satellite dish on top of the radio and television building when I toured the Ohio University campus. said. “At that point, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to study, but everything I saw there fascinated me and seemed like an important part of college.”
Kimberlyn grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and ended up majoring in telecommunications. During her sophomore year, she took a work-study position at her WOUB and had the opportunity to help her host John Ray put together her edition of the daily radio show Afternoon.
“I learned how to splice tape and helped him write promos,” Kimberlyn said. “I was there Monday through Friday and did that for about a year and a half.”
After graduating from college in 1990, Kimberlin began looking for work. She wanted to find something on the radio, but she eventually got a job selling newspaper advertisements.
“After doing that for about six months, I was able to find a radio job.”
Early in her radio career, Kimberlyn worked in traffic and continuity for an oldies-style radio station in Xenia, Ohio. When the station changed format to country music, Kimberlyn applied for the promotions director position and got it.
“My mom was a big fan of Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. ‘So it was perfect for me.'”
Early in her career, Kimberlyn worked for several different radio stations and also held marketing and public relations jobs. Radio professionals were affected by the 2008 recession, including Kimberlin. She was able to use her experience in marketing her radio to work in other areas.
She got a job at Time Warner Cable as a National Media Sales Coordinator and later as a Marketing and Alumni Relations Manager. Prior to becoming a marketer for Sharefax Credit Union, he worked at Payne Theological Seminary.
“I feel that my experience at WOUB has given me an insight into how the technical side of radio works and the collaboration and teamwork necessary to put on a show. He was a great professional to work with and a great mentor,” said Kimberlin. “Joining WOUB opened my eyes to the possibilities of working in radio and gave me the skills to pursue my career wherever I am.”