DRACUT — He’s the hardest working (Dracut) kid in show business.
Tyler Dumont can be seen, heard and read via any number of local mediums — television, radio and in print. In addition to reporting for Teen Kids News, which tapes in New York City and airs locally on WCVB and WMUR TV, he is a radio talk show host on WCAP 980 AM in Lowell. Teen Talk with Tyler Dumont, a call-in show that features studio guests and tackles such topics as teen relationships, habits and trends, can be heard on Monday nights from 7 to 9, unless pre-empted by the Lowell Spinners.
Dumont, the son of Gary and Linda Dumont, also writes a column for The Valley Patriot, a monthly publication circulated in throughout the Merrimack Valley. He will soon begin contributing to The Dracut Forum, an Internet blog, and also serves as the news, weather and sports reporter on Saturday Morning Live, hosted by Warren Shaw on WCAP 980 AM.
Q: What do you enjoy most, radio, television or print?
A: I’m surprised I’m saying this but I enjoy the radio the most. It’s totally different from anything else. For one thing, you don’t have to get all dressed up. And there is less fear of the microphone than there is of the video camera. With radio, the listeners have to use their imagination. Also, people can participate in talk radio by calling in.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I had to read it for school. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. It was pretty intense.
Q: What kind of caller makes for the best radio?
A: The best callers are the people who disagree with me and are really upset about it. Maybe another teen who is a little older than me and is sure he’s right about something and I’m totally wrong, or a parent. I especially like it when parents call.
Q: What historical character would you like to have met?
A: Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings. Somebody like that. Somebody like Edward R. Murrow. They changed the world of broadcasting news. I would have liked meeting Cronkite the most. He was the most trusted man in America. That’s a goal of mine, to be somebody people can trust explicitly for their news.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: One day I’d like to own a sea plane. I did a story for Kids World on Dracut Access Television and got to go up in a seaplane. It was great. So peaceful. We went out over the seacoast and came back and landed in the middle of the Merrimack River. That is really something I’d like to do whenever I felt like it.
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