Woman Sets Guinness World Record with Over 70-Year Radio Career
A woman named Mary McCoy has made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest career in radio by a female broadcaster.
The Guinness World Record has officially recognized McCoy for holding the longest profession as a female radio presenter/DJ (female).
She has a remarkable 71 long years and 357 working days in the industry. Her verification took place on February 15.
Over 3 years, McCoy surpassed the last title holder to claim the top spot. Despite her achievement, she has no intention of leaving the job she cherishes anytime soon. She confessed, “Radio has been my life for as long as I can remember.”
Mary McCoy has now been on the airwaves for over 72 years.https://t.co/1yaroCVftP
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) March 14, 2023
The Story of Mary McCoy
The organization responsible for maintaining records states that McCoy started her job in 1951 by competing in a radio station contest and expressing the desire to host her show.
Within a short span of 4 months, her dream of broadcasting became a reality, and at the age of 12, she commenced her career as a radio host.
She quickly fell in love with the medium and knew she wanted to pursue it as a career.
Over the years, she worked for several radio stations across the United States, including Ohio, Michigan, and Florida.
“I began my career as a radio presenter/DJ in August 1951, and though the radio station has changed ownership (KIKR, now KSTAR), I have maintained this job,” she said.
Mary McCoy, 85, has earned the Guinness World Record for longest-serving female radio presenter. https://t.co/INOEhUVMLC
— CBC Radio (@cbcradio) March 15, 2023
Throughout her career, McCoy has interviewed guests with exciting stories, from politicians and celebrities to everyday people.
She has covered major events such as President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, providing her listeners with insightful commentary and analysis.
Despite facing numerous challenges throughout her career, including sexism and ageism, McCoy persevered and continued to work in radio well into her 80s.
Mary McCoy’s successful career
She credits her success to her passion for the medium and dedication to providing her listeners with the best possible experience.
At 85, the radio broadcaster continues to work and now hosts a 2-hour Country Classics segment 6 times per week on K-Star Country.
She told Guinness, “Growing up, my dream was to get into the entertainment business. I started singing at talent shows and was asked to audition for a radio show.”
They liked what they heard, and I started working at KMCO Radio on April 20, 1951, doing a 15-minute singing program.” Aside from her DJ work, Ms. McCoy also had a musical career. In 1955, Elvis Presley and his band joined her on stage for a few songs.
Hard Work Pays
McCoy’s achievement is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of following one’s dreams.
Her record-breaking career inspires women in all fields, proving that perseverance and hard work makes anything possible.
In an interview with Guinness World Records, McCoy said, “I am humbled to receive this recognition from Guinness World Records.”
“It’s been a wonderful experience, and I’m thankful for every moment I have spent on the radio. My career inspires others to pursue their passions and follow their dreams.”
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