Greater Media, Detroit
Paula Paul is the Traffic Director at Greater Media in Detroit (WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM, WMGC-FM), where she’s been for the past 13 years. Paula was nominated for a spotlight by her former boss, Dick Kernen.
Q1: How long have you been in traffic?
Paula: I have been in radio since 1983, and traffic since 1988. Back when we started, everything in traffic was manual – we had a big dry erase board to write the hours, and then typewriters to do the daily log. And actually, it didn’t take that much longer than it does now, because I had most of it memorized.
We thought that it would take so much less time when it was automated, but now there are all these reports to run so it doesn’t save me much time.
Q2: What is your favorite comfort food?
Paula: Hot turkey sandwiches … I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! And stuffing — a nice big triptophan and carb overload sounds so nice.
Q3: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Paula: I’d either like to be Stretch Armstrong, or the guy from Fantastic 4 that can stretch — so that I can reach down to the sales floor and either slap the person I’m trying to reach, or drag them back to my office to figure out what’s going on with their order.
Q4: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Paula: I would rather be cooking a huge meal for my huge family! If nobody’s around, I’d love to hit the road and explore somewhere new. I love the National Parks, and would love to continue visiting the ones I haven’t seen, now that the kids are grown and in college.
Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Paula: Stay positive, keep smiling — otherwise you’ll end up in the weeds. If you get all tangled up in gossip, it just drags you down. I try to stay positive!
Q6: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Paula: My mom! She passed away six years ago; she was the heart of our family. I would love to see her again.
Q7: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Paula: I’m a really good sport, and everybody’s biggest cheerleader: until it comes to cards. I HATE TO LOSE. I’m a bad sport at cards because I want to win, and I’m super competitive!