Tara Servatius is the host of the "Tara on TMA" morning show. She joins newsman Fred Storey and producer John Quincy weekday mornings 5:30-10 on 1250 WTMA.
Tara comes to WTMA from successful talk show hosting stints in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach.
She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Journalism who can tell you exactly where she was the first time she heard talk radio. She listened to her first show in the summer of 1998 while on her lunch break and has been hooked ever since. For years she'd ignore the rumbles in her stomach to time her lunch break precisely to 12:07 every day, so as not to miss a minute of her favorite show. The rest is history.
Tara has won over two dozen state and national journalism awards for column writing, news reporting and investigative reporting while working for three newspapers and writing for a variety of national publications. She won a first place reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association about the weaknesses in Charlotte's overburdened court system, which regularly lets murderers off the hook with less than 15 years in prison.
Tara is also a winner of the prestigious first place Green Eyeshade Award, a national award for column writing from The Society of Professional Journalists. Tara took to the airwaves about seven years ago to do a radio show heard up and down the coast and fell in love with bypassing her editors to talk straight to the people.
Tara is a mom, wife and talk radio junkie -- and weekday mornings she's live and local on 1250 WTMA!
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Lexington, Kentucky-bred John Quincy adopted Charleston as his second hometown in 1981 when he moved here to continue his radio career as Afternoon DJ and Production Director at WSSX-FM (95SX).
In 1985, John became Program Director and PM Drive host at WXTC-FM (Lite Rock 96.9) where he remained for nearly 10 years. John also was a morning DJ at WBUB-FM (Bubba 107.5), plus worked as weekend and fill-in host at WXLY-FM (Oldies 102.5). Other Charleston radio gigs included Morning Show Producer at WNKT (Cat Country 107.5) and Afternoon Host/Assistant Program Director/Music Director of WSUY (Sunny 96.9). He joined the WTMA morning show as producer in October 2007. John is also WTMA's Program Director.
Along with his 25-plus years as a successful Charleston radio host, John has utilized his music programming and announcing skills as a Mobile DJ for hundreds of Low Country wedding receptions, private parties, and corporate events. He also has a strong interest in preserving Charleston radio history, running "tribute" Websites for WTMA, WCSC and WOKE.
John resides with his wife and their cats in Summerville.
Fred Storey is no stranger to Charleston radio. He came to 1250 WTMA in 1998 after serving as morning co-host and news director of WBUB-FM. Fred also worked on the air doing a night show in Charleston for years, and has won two Silver Addy Awards for his local commercial production. He has also won numerous news awards, and was the 1998 South Carolina Broadcasters Association Newscaster of the Year. Fred started his career in broadcasting after graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. His first full-time job was in the news department at WFNC in Fayetteville, N.C. Fred moved to Charleston with his family in 1987. He's married and has two sons.