British-born Kim Noble, who began working as a part-time station announcer on KCUR 89.3 19 years ago, before being promoted to full-time status in 2000, has given her notice to the NPR station operated by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Noble says her last official day at the station will be Tuesday, December 31.
"The time has come to do different things with my life," Noble says. "I want to explore new horizons."
Noble, who hopes to concentrate on more voice-over work and possibly exploring a part-time announcing role at the station, says her future interests include studying pet nutrition and maybe even a "little acting." (She was a theater major at Reading University as an undergraduate.) A native of Plymouth, England, Noble has lived and worked in 11 countries; before moving to the United States in 1986, Noble was a staff member at the trade office of the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria. Noble moved to Kansas City in 1988.
Noble is also an ordained minister who presides over weddings and memorials. ("I do very personalized funerals," she says.)
Her greatest and worst moments at KCUR took place on the same day, she says: September 11, 2001.
"I was so proud of the way that this station and NPR handled everything that day. It was a day filled with sensationalism and drama, and we covered it without adding to that drama. Facts were checked, news was presented clearly and calmly. I was required to jump in every 20 minutes, and between those moments, I would be watching the TV reports and crying, but then I had to go on-air and speak calmly and professionally. It was one of the hardest days of my life.
"I had a lot of feedback from our listeners afterwards asking me how I was able to remain so calm and collected on the air, but I promise you - I was anything but that off the air."