Illinois Entertainer January 2014 - Page 20

By Rick Kaempfer CARA IN THE EVENING Record & CD Collectors Show The Midwest's Largest Record Show SUNDAY • NOV 20 SUNDAY • JAN 19 8:45AM - 4PM VINYL & CD’s LP'S • 45'S • 12"SINGLES Rock • Alternative • Jazz • Soul Plus, an expanded Metal selection. BEST WESTERN CHICAGO - HILLSIDE 4400 FRONTAGE ROAD HILLSIDE, IL I-290 Eisenhower Expy -Wolf/Mannheim Exit Admission $3.00 Dealers Tables $45.00 Early Bird Customers: $10.00 Early Bird Time: 6:30am For Information Call 630-898-1533 - Evenings or: Visit www.chicagorecordcollectors.com We’re on Facebook under Chicagoland Record & CD Collectors Show 20 illinoisentertainer.com january 2014 I It's a good thing Cara Carriveau is adaptable. Last year she was working the midday shift at WTMX (101.9FM). After her show one day she was told that she wasn't going to be doing middays anymore, and that she wasn't going to be working at WTMX. She and fellow Hubbard Media evening jock Lisa Allen from WILV were switching jobs. "I didn't see it coming," she admits, "but in many Cara Carriveau ways it wasn't a difficult transition at all. Physically, I was still going to be working in the same hallway, seeing the same people. I already knew and liked all of my co-workers. To me, that's a really underrated part of a job. It really does matter. I knew I would still be having fun every day – that it wouldn't feel like a job. Even the studio was easy to figure out. It faces the WTMX studio, so everything is exactly the same, but on the opposite side. It was just a matter of reaching the other direction.” The musical transition from one station to the other also wasn't that difficult. "I liked the music. Prince & Blondie are two of my favorites, and I had never gotten a chance to play those on the radio before. That was one of the biggest perks for me when I first started here. Although to be honest, I would play polka disco if that's what the listeners wanted. " It's a good thing too, because at the end of last year, that musical mix on the radio station started changing ever so slightly. When she started working there, the station was known as Rewind 100.3, and it played music from the '80s and '90s. Late last year, however, Rewind 100.3 tweaked its music list and became Chicago's 100.3. Cara says not to make too much of that change. "It's not so much that we've changed what we're playing, "she explains, "We still play those great songs from the '80s and '90s. We've just added more current material. You can't really call yourself 'Rewind' if you're playing new music." While moving down the hallway and down the dial (from 101.9 to 100.3) was a piece of cake for the veteran disc jockey, the lifestyle change of moving from middays to evenings was a much bigger adjustment. "I'm a mom of two, so that was a bit of a jolt," she admits. "The worst part was that I didn't get home until 1am, and the alarm goes off for school in the morning at 6:30. My little one is only 8, so I still needed to help him get ready for school." She also didn't have as much time to date, even though her web profile on the WILV site says "She's single and ready to mingle." "I DIDN'T WRITE THAT!" she says with a laugh. "These days I'd much rather spend my weekend nights with my kids." But the positive thinkin