By Jackie Stone
The Cove Herald
Before Monica Hull became the daytime voice of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp., she spent seven years as the late-night voice of KOOV in Cove as Monica McKay.
Not many people who know Hull as the CCEDC's marketing director for the past 10 years know about her disc jockey past.
"I'll run into someone, and they'll say, 'You sound familiar and look familiar,'" Hull said.
"And I'll ask them, 'How long have you been here? Did you ever listen to Monica McKay?'"
Back when Hull, 42, was a student at Georgetown High School, she dreamed of being either a stewardess or a disc jockey. It was her adviser there who told her about a "great college radio station" just a half-hour up the road at Central Texas College.
The first time she got on air at that station, "I was scared to death," Hull said. "I loved it."
Hull got her associate in applied science in radio-television production from CTC and moved on to KOOV, where she spun country tunes from 7 p.m. to midnight.
"If I had a nickel for every time I played "Forever and Ever Amen," I'd be so rich," Hull said.
It was while Hull was working at the station that people began telling her about the really funny guy who worked as a DJ at a nightclub in Cove.
"KOOV would do live remotes there, and people would always talk about Danny," Hull said.
The night she met Dan Hull, it was all over for them both, she said. The couple has been married for almost 20 years and has been arguing ever since about who saw Stevie Ray Vaughn live more times. They have four dogs, "because five is too many," she said.
After 10 years as a disc jockey, Hull took a job in marketing at CTC, where her husband is now program director at KNCT-FM, CTC's radio station.
Hull moved to the CCEDC when then-marketing director Carol Mills became the executive director of the EDC. Hull said she saw Mills as a role model - a woman being a success in the male-dominated economic development world.
"I called her and said, 'I want to be the new Carol," Hull said.
As the CCEDC's marketing director, Hull is behind promotions and advertisement for the city's economic development corporation. She said she loves her job because she is constantly learning new things in the CCEDC's quest to bring business to the city.
"I get to learn about everything from sewers to building, and marketing at all levels," she said. "That's what I enjoy about my job, that and making a difference in my community."
Hull said one of her proudest achievements was when she won the 2006 Silver Medal Award in the first year the award for outstanding advertising achievement was handed out by the Central Texas Ad League.
Other awards for design dot her office. The recognitions for her billboards, trade show booths, advertisements, postcards and even invitations appeal to Hull's creative side.
Meanwhile, those who listen closely can still catch Hull keeping hold of her radio background on Friday nights during football season, giving scores on KNCT.
Hull said she doesn't think she would like working for a radio station now that computers and corporate stations are more prevalent, but when she's shuffling rosters and scores on air during football season, she still gets that rush.
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