Featured Member of the Month: Michael McCarthy

Inside the SCATV studio is a monthly blog post where SCATV staff interviews members, to learn a little bit more about who they are and their background. There will be a set series of 10 questions that they’ll answer. This month, we hear from Michael McCarthy, a SCATV producer! You can check out Michael’s contributing work on the oldest public access TV show, “Dead Air Live,” on Tuesday nights from 8-9 p.m. on SCATV Ch.3, or online at http://www.scatvsomerville.org/watch. Learn more about Michael in January’s Inside the SCATV Studio.


1. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Michael McCarthy and I teach public speaking in Boston and am a teaching assistant of entrepreneurship & innovation at Harvard Extension School.

2. What was the strangest job you’ve had? I was a sperm donor in my freshman year of college and was fired after 2 months.

3. What was one of your first BFR productions (your own or helping others)? My 1st show was ‘Wisdom to Wellness’ (a Dead Air Live production) where I talked about foods to benefit brain function.

4. Who were your early creative mentors or source for inspiration? Gerald Appel was my 1st mentor.  He was one of the most famous money managers in the US and I was his researcher.  His mentorship allowed me to start my own money management firm on Wall Street when I was 26.

5. How do you get passed creative roadblocks? I go swimming for an hour or I journey, a form of meditation I learned while studying Shamanism.

6. How has BFR been a positive influence in your creative media career? 2 years ago I was interviewed on Al Jazeera Live and it was broadcast around the world. Everything I learned at SCATV prepared me so I was calm and didn’t say one ‘um’ or filler word during the interview. Thanks SCATV!

7. When did you first feel successful? When I was ranked the #1 Stock Market Timer in the US at the age of 26 I felt that all of my hard work and low wages was finally paying off.

8. If you could have entrance music, what would it be? Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will survive’ while wearing a John Travolta disco outfit and feeling really confident about my sense of fashion.

9. What’s your favorite spot in Somerville to hangout or visit? I really enjoy the beer on tap at The Independent right after a live show on SPG.

10. In 140 characters or less, how would you pitch your radio show? StartupTV helps showcase new startup businesses in the New England area to help them get funding.