Carole Carper began her radio career while a student at Fisk University. In St. Louis she became the first Black female radio news director in the market, taking that position at KADI-AM/FM in the mid-70s. She had previously worked at WESL and later went to KKSS before moving to the Los Angeles market. Her work at KADI won her recognition for the best news feature by the Missouri RTNDA, beating out work by news powerhouses statewide. Carole was the first Black woman appointed to the national board of RTNDA in 1985.