Carole Thorpe

Carole is a native New Yorker raised by both parents in Port Washington, Long Island in the 1970's. At the age of seven, she was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease for which she spent the next five years wearing a full right leg brace and walking with crutches. While tutored at home for a few years before she could physically return to school, and unable to play outside with other children, she found companionship with radio and television. This was the pivotal beginning of her lifelong pursuits in singing and performing.

By age 14, Carole had overcome her ailment and learned to walk without supportive devices. At school, she immersed herself not only into her studies but into choir, music classes, and theatrical productions. Carole graduated on time with honors (National Honor Society, International Thespian Society), having missed only the phys ed requirement from which she was annually excused.

After attending college and working jobs in upstate New York, she moved to Greensboro, NC with a close friend from high school. Carole remained very active in the arts - performing in many community theatre musicals and in three national summer tours with a musical revue company. She also sang in a local piano bar and it was there one night where she met her future husband, Mark. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in February 2015.

The couple relocated to South Carolina for Mark's job as an electrical engineer. While living in Charleston, Carole worked in data entry for The Post and Courier newspaper and continued performing. With five years of marriage behind them and the desire for stability to start a family, Mark accepted a position with Northrup Grumman in Charlottesville in 1995. He received recognition for his 20 years of service with Northrup Grumman in October 2015.

Three weeks after arriving in Charlottesville, Carole discovered she was pregnant with their first child! She gave birth to their son, Matthew Jefferson (named for God and country), in July 1996. Twenty months later, Matthew was diagnosed with Autism. Carole resolved to not return to employment so she could raise Matthew while Mark provided for the family. Matthew was enrolled in Albemarle County's Special Needs Preschool at age 2 and he remained a student in the County's special needs school track until he left Albemarle High School with an Honorary Diploma in June 2014. In his middle teen years, Matthew was also diagnosed with severe Intellectual Disability, and as such will require lifelong support.

Throughout Matthew's childhood, Carole maintained adult contact by performing and eventually directing many community theatre productions in both Charlottesville and Culpeper. In 2009, having never been active in politics beyond voting, she attended the inaugural rally of the Jefferson Area Tea Party at the NTELOS Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. It was an afternoon that would profoundly affect her life - and she began the first of three one-year terms as Chairwoman less than a year later.

With the experience of a temporary co-hosting job at another local station to her credit, and with her son now enrolled in a young adult's residential school program in Richmond, the time is right for Carole to host her own show - "The Fat Lady Sings" on C-VILLE 107.5 and 1260 WCHV. She will offer daily commentary on local and national events through the prism of her political perspective and life experiences. Carole will also share her wide-ranging interests (including singing, acting, directing, classic films, popular music from the 1950's-1970's, karaoke, tournament poker, and NFL fan/New York Giants), and infuse it all with her inimitable humor to share an entertaining and enlightening afternoon with you!

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