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November 07, 2016 4 min read 24 Comments

“I believe that everyone has a story,” says KC Armstrong, a 20-year broadcast veteran who has launched an inspirational Internet radio station, WMAP, which rightfully stands for World’s Most Amazing People.

“I interview people who are helping other people, or entrepreneurs who didn’t have anything given to them and they just worked their balls off, who made something of themselves,” he says of some of his intriguing, inspiring guests. “Also, people who help animals, doctors who help people…it’s all positive.”

Add to that guest list the chief of the Maasai tribe. KC’s mom, Virginia, is a retired English teacher and journeys to Africa [Kenya] to teach, in classrooms with dirt floors. The chief, named Joe, often comes back to Long Island, and KC sits down with him for a one-on-one. You never know who is going to drop in, and who is going to inspire you.

In this era of bad news, Internet trolls and general weary cynicism, WMAP is making quite a positive impression. KC, who many people remember as a cast member of Howard Stern’s terrestrial radio show back in the day, comes to this pursuit carrying some damn dramatic baggage.

“I had a real bad drinking problem,” he says, “I had pancreatitis. I had been in and out of the hospital over 30 times. I had bled out one time and almost died.”

Bad news, which led him to good news.

“I don’t want to say that I had an epiphany,” he says, “but I realized that there are some really positive things you have to look for.”

The Long Island native is now back home after a soul-searching journey across America, which included a few bad relationships and failed attempts to self-medicate. KC traveled through the dark side and survived. His show, and its content, reside decidedly on the sunny side of the street, and are heard worldwide.

He says, “After I was fired from Howard – that was due to a pretty severe depression -- I went to go get some help at Newport Coast Recovery [Newport Beach, California]. I ended up staying out there for about eight years. I was living hand to mouth, and I was homeless at times. I got involved with some bad people and made some bad choices. I went to jail about three or four times. I ended up being arrested in Alaska. I followed a girl there. It was a very low time. I started drinking very heavily. Before I knew it, my pancreas was going.”

Although KC figured his story was over at that point, the stars were aligning in the sky for him, despite his talented knack for self-destruction. With time, he found faith, and his voice again. But did the old KC sense of humor that we remember from K-ROCK evaporate in the process?

“I’m still crazy,” he assures us. “It’s still me 24 hours.”

He took one of his weaknesses – a failure to see the good in himself – and turned it into an asset.

“I was always one to see the good in other people, but never in me,” he says. “Bringing out the best in other people, I feel that that’s what my role here is. I know I make a lot of people feel really good. And selfishly, it makes me feel good too.”

As KC’s audience builds worldwide, and his inspirational interviews continue to spread good vibes, his jock/jocular persona is still comfortably reminiscent of his days working with The King of All Media.

“I haven’t really talked to Howard in a while,” he says, “but I have nothing but good things to say about him. I now listen to myself 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and I see myself doing a lot of things that he did. I learned so many things from him. The content situation is totally different -- everything is positive. I don’t put anybody down. I don’t do anything like that. But I often see in my cadence that I’ve learned so much from him.”

Part of what he learned from Howard is total, non-negotiable honesty, at all times.

“I’m always very honest with the audience,” he says, “and I let them know what’s going on. People seem to appreciate the honesty. People feel good after they get off the phone with me. I try to find something good in everybody, even if they don’t know it.”

The project is not a podcast – it’s an Internet radio station, and a serious business. It never turns off. KC has learned that it’s heard regularly in at least 14 different countries, and counting. The average listener is listening for 47.2 minutes each time they tune in.

“It’s crazy how it’s really blown up,” he says. “In 30 days, we’ve improved over 4000% with listenership. We’re heard in foreign countries, like Bangladesh. I’ve also signed a contract for a series of books [based on WMAP guests], which brings more clients and advertisers. The 17-18 hours a day I put in really paid off.”

Like any other entrepreneur, KC is taking it one day at a time and learning as he goes.

He says, “As an entrepreneur, you are going to have so many ideas that are just great, but you need that one idea where you don’t see any downside. It’s that idea that is going to make you work your ass off. There’s going to be a big learning curve. I didn’t know anything business wise. I made a lot of mistakes, but I learned. If you really want something, you are going to hit some speed bumps along the way. It’s there for you. You can definitely do it. It’s just hard work. And it’s also treating people with respect. And doing what you say and saying what you do. Those things go a long way.”

Of the current emotional temperature of our beleaguered culture, KC says, “Everything is so negative. We get so beaten up.” As an alternative, he suggests, “Turn on my channel.”

KC is always looking for interesting guests with stories to tell, and who want their message to reach a broad audience. Find out more, get in touch with KC, and give a listen to WMAP here.

 


24 Responses

Patty Hudson
Patty Hudson

April 30, 2018

Wonderful to see K.C doing great and doing inspirational things

Patty Hudson
Patty Hudson

April 30, 2018

Wonderful to see K.C doing great and doing inspirational things

Tom Chiusano
Tom Chiusano

February 12, 2018

Great interviews. Great advice. Thank you for a refreshing look at radio.

Josef
Josef

January 22, 2018

I believe that we were all created to be more unselfish than always thinking ourselves!! i much rather have the feeling of giving than the feeling i get when receiving..
It’s just great what you guys are doing out there, listening to these incredible stories from incredible people, its so inspiring and positive.
I am in Africa(Tanzania) love listening WMAP

KC, Thanks for sharing.

Josef Kessy

Abdulrazak Aralimatti
Abdulrazak Aralimatti

September 14, 2017

Myself , an Indian English Poet, author of VOICE OF AN UNACCOMPLISHED SOUL & VOICE OF AN ACCOMPLISHING SOUL loved being acquainted to wmapradio

Tom Nash
Tom Nash

September 07, 2017

You just went off the radar buddy. So many people worry and wounder what happened to you. So happy to find you in a good place. Peace brother!

Laurene HOpe
Laurene HOpe

August 19, 2017

Wmap has changed my life
Kc and the family took me into their hearts by recognising my work with recovery from mental illness with out meds and my singing and performing like no one else ever did.
I am very grateful and now I do what o can to help promote this great station together with my TV station for humanity
www.movingontv.uk

Dave
Dave

August 18, 2017

Great interview with Kelsey! Thanks KC

Mary McClung
Mary McClung

August 13, 2017

Good on you bud Love, Aaron’s Mom

Matt Lowe
Matt Lowe

August 13, 2017

GOD BLESS YOU TEAMMATE!

Frank Rodman
Frank Rodman

August 13, 2017

KC you were and are always the best! And let me be the first on WMAP to say, “F Jackie!”

Joe Henley
Joe Henley

August 12, 2017

KC. I am so glad to hear you are doing well and miss the hell out of ya buddy. Miss the days back at Western, but very happy to see your growth now bro. Keep up the good work.

Larry
Larry

August 11, 2017

What a great story! You really do a fantastic job with your interviews…and you are just as great as when you were at WKU. Thanks for the great job you do.

Amy
Amy

August 10, 2017

Great to hear this news, KC! Love the idea and love seeing you do this! Have been a fan since our wku days and you deserve the best! xo

Teresa
Teresa

August 09, 2017

I enjoyed your article! You are amazing KC!

Cindy Barry Strobel
Cindy Barry Strobel

August 01, 2017

Looking forward to talking with you on air! Leaving you with a few treasures as you are a treasure to me! What Are Your Treasures?

Tina
Tina

June 29, 2017

Hi KC! Met you at Richies the other day. Ty for the pics…came out great! Listened today to the show! Awesum dude! Very positive vibe!!!!! Keep it up…..

Guerino Zambrano
Guerino Zambrano

June 20, 2017

KC your the man keep it up

Funny Gal
Funny Gal

June 13, 2017

Finally, someone as crazy as I am. I love it!

kc armstrong
kc armstrong

May 30, 2017

guys thanks so much for taking the time to read then say such nice things

Baba Booey
Baba Booey

April 22, 2017

KC, you were one of my favorites on Stern. So glad to hear you’re doing well and following Christ. God bless you!

Mary  Dravis-Parrish
Mary Dravis-Parrish

January 10, 2017

Wow KC, I am honored to know you and grateful for the dedication you have to making the world a better place through the lives of others. It is through our struggles that we come to know who we are and what else we are capable of. Blessings to you always.

Ryan Biddulph
Ryan Biddulph

January 02, 2017

Hi Ron,

Love to see what KC is up to these days. I’m a big old school Stern fan and really dig how he’s providing a positive resource for folks to enjoy on a 24-7, 365 basis. Awesome stuff.

Every single human being has a story to tell, and the person who gives the world the platform, to help these folks tell their stories, is doing the world a great service. Kudos to you KC ;)

Thanks for sharing.

Ryan

Gretchen Gibson
Gretchen Gibson

November 08, 2016

Wow. The very first time you came through the training room door, I saw in you what you now see in yourself…..my little brother, and it breaks my heart to think you ever lost sight of how PRECIOUS you are! I have always known that the love and respect you now share with the world was nestled deep behind those “baby blues!” Okay, enough of that, I HATE I didn’t realize you were back, ding-dong…….my daughter and I were just in the city a couple weeks ago for a week over her fall break! HIT ME UP, and let’s catch up! I Luya Luya Luya!!!!!

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