I have been a secretary, bank teller, real estate agent and receptionist, but my big break came when a radio guy (Thank you Fred Morse Peavey) heard me talk and thought I might be good on the air. My first job was in 1976 on WTHI so I have come full circle in ending up here on the Midday Show.
The most exciting interview I ever did was the Mighty Merle Haggard. He not only welcomed me on board his bus before his show, but also let me back on after the show for a discussion that ranged from the war in Iraq to the whiskey in his bottle. And yes, I took a swig! Wouldn’t you? He also signed autographs for the troops for me, something I will never forget.
There are two really cool things about working in radio. One is getting my picture taken with famous artists (and I love to say “Act like you love me!” right before they click that button) because I have such great memories through those pictures. The second nicest thing about radio is on the other side of the microphone: YOU. Meeting the people who listen to HI99 is a thrill I never tire of, not ever. Your lives are fascinating and I love hearing why you listen to the Wabash Valley’s Country Station, I really do. And it always surprises me when someone says, “I listen to you all the time..!” It’s the nicest compliment you could say to me.
If I could go back and change my life, and choose a career that would keep me entertained and happy on a daily basis, I would do exactly what I did: choose radio. Where else can I make a living listening to music, getting to know the artists behind it, or meeting such wonderful people as devoted to our radio station as you are?
If I turned over my iPod to you, you might be surprised to find Adele, or Cee Lo Green, or Kanye West. You would definitely find Eric Church and Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, but my musical tastes are wide-ranging.
And when I’m not on the air, I’m usually in the workshop, making things. I love to craft, everything from jewelry to woodworking to sculpting. My holiday gifts are almost always homemade, something my family really appreciates. And in the workshop you will always hear music, because that’s really what I’m all about.