7 years ago, on the Monday after Easter, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life.
I was 20 years old and at a fork in the road. The comfortable route wouldâ€™ve kept me in Bakersfield, made me go back to college, & probably wouldâ€™ve ended up with me being married with babies. The other route was going to take me on an adventure I could never imagine.
I decided to take the â€œother routeâ€. I packed my bags, hopped on a plane, & moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to further my career. I wasnâ€™t sure if radio was what I â€œwanted to do with my lifeâ€ at that point, I just knew that if it was something I was even slightly interested in doing I needed to make the move. I didnâ€™t know anyone (except my boss, the wonderful Nick Elliott), it was my first â€œrealâ€ shift on the air (I worked 11pm-5am in Bakersfield on KKXX), and I was terrified…and excitedâ€¦and nervousâ€¦and ready.
7 years later I am in a Top 10 market, working with one of the best in the radio business on a heritage morning show. I was nominated to be one of the Co-hosts for Regis And Kellyâ€™s Women of Radio contest, received keys to cities (Mt. Pleasant & North Charleston), won the Charleston City Paper Best Local Radio Personality, have met tons of celebrities, & been on Red Carpets that I donâ€™t deserve to be on. I’ve also been able to make a real difference in people’s lives with my involvement in different charities.
I have tears in my eyes right now as I reflect on how many amazing things Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to be a part of. If you wouldâ€™ve told the 20 year old version of me that all of these things were going to happen, I probably would have rolled my eyes, said â€œsure they areâ€, and laughed it off as I walked away.
There are days that I forget how lucky I am. I get caught up in the rollercoaster of emotions that go along with this business. The good, the bad, the uglyâ€¦I wouldnâ€™t change a piece of it. 7 years ago I made the best decision of my life.
Thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey on a personal and professional level.
Tanya Brown, youâ€™ve been my rock, my second mom, and my MB!
Mike Edwards, you let me shine & taught me so much. You gave me a chance.
Dustin a.k.a. Dirty, You brought me into this crazy wonderful business and I love you forever for it.
Lauren Michaels, I donâ€™t think there are words to describe how much youâ€™ve helped me on this journey. You took me under your wing, inspired me, and still do every day.
Nick Elliott, you started it all. Who knew a doorstop would lead to this?
D to the C C to the D Don Cristi, you were my mentor…you taught me to work hard, play hard, and hit the post!
Tara Lynn, Thank you for allowing me to move from radio to TVâ€¦even if it was only for a little while
Jack Diamond , Thanks for fighting for a girl in a medium sized market! I canâ€™t wait to see what happens next
I get chills every time I hear B.O.B.â€™s â€œDonâ€™t Let Me Fallâ€. He says,
â€œCause I put my pain my heart
My soul my faith in thisâ€
and thatâ€™s exactly how I feel.