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Workhorse • Brave • Forward Thinking

Her Story

Catherine Hanrahan

Morning Show Host – Fresh Radio 100.5

Catherine's Story


In my adult life, I have never had just one 40 hour a week, 9-5 job. A friend of mine called me a workhorse and it rubbed me the wrong way at first, as if it were a phase in life that I had to get past. In my 20s, I worked long hours at multiple jobs out of necessity but I’ve since embraced the fact that it’s also just my nature. The better my employment situation became the more volunteer and freelance work I took on. I like not simply being busy, but being productive and trying to keep up with the people I consider influential and inspiring. I like saying yes to opportunities and I’ve learned that the more you say yes the more opportunities present themselves.


I’m certainly not brave in the run into a burning building sense but I can convince myself to do “the scary thing” when I need to. Whether it’s leaving all my friends and family behind to move to Peterborough for a part time job so I could get my first on air radio gig or buying my first home all on my own without the safety net of a spouse or whether it was leaving my city living, downtown loving lifestyle behind to start a crazy new rural adventure in the country with my partner Ben at vanRahan Acres, I’ve never regretted doing the scary thing. It’s invigorating and empowering and it always works out exactly how it’s supposed to, even if it’s not exactly how I planned. That’s why I’m taking another big risk now. I’m hanging up my headphones on July 12th and retiring from radio to pursue a new career. The past 15 years on the air in Peterborough have been rewarding in so many ways. I have had the opportunity to work with legends of the industry and legends in the making who were not only mentors but also friends who welcomed me into this community with open arms. It’s been a privilege to be invited into the homes, cars, and workplaces of the good people of this city day after day. There’s no other job like it and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Forward-thinking (it’s all one word if I hyphenate it)

A great piece of advice that I got early in my career was that, while luck does play a certain role in anyone’s success, one should always be ready to get lucky. I’m ready. I’ve been looking to the future and preparing for what comes after radio for a long time now. Wish me luck; I’m going to need a little.