Mistress Carrie, longtime personality at rocker WAAF Boston, who, along with Mike Hsu signed off the legendary station in February, has launched a new weekly podcast, appropriately titled “The Mistress Carrie Podcast.”
“Podcasting is something I’ve always been interested in,” Carrie tells Worcester Magazine. “But once the coronavirus hit, and it really looked like radio, as an industry, was going to change and maybe not go back to the way it was, I really started focusing a lot of my time on researching podcasting, really looking into how mine could be different, what I could bring to the table and what resources I would have available to me.”
Carrie hosted podcasts while at WAAF, but with the new project she built a home studio and is developing the program from the ground up. The debut of the new podcast also launches her Big Foot First Productions.
“It’s incredibly exciting, and it’s incredibly scary all at the same time,” she says. “If you win, it’s on you, and if you lose, it’s on you too. I never was out there alone, because I had the staff of the greatest rock station that’s ever existed by my side, and now it’s all on me.”
Carrie also leaned on her music industry friends for her new venture. The theme song for “The Mistress Carrie Podcast” was composed and performed by Godsmack’s Sully Erna. The instrumental track, “War Drums,” is at 107.3 BPM, a nod to the WAAF frequency.
Her name “Mistress Carrie” is heard during the intro, voiced by rockers Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Corey Taylor, Flea and Shinedown’s Brent Smith, who serves as the first guest on the newly launched podcast.
“Over the years, I’ve met so many people that have been incredibly generous, and I really wanted to make the trailer sound like my old show, where it made you comfortable. I wanted it to have that historical vibe where people will hear it and go ‘okay, there’s Mistress Carrie.’”
The podcast focuses on rock music and the rock lifestyle, she says. “I just want to be there to help them discover new music that I know they’re going to love, and be there to help them stay connected to the bands they already love, that WAAF was involved in breaking in the first place. I also want my podcast to be about the rock lifestyle,” Carrie explains. “The music is the common thread, but the lifestyle is a massive umbrella that so many people fit under.”