The Biggest Decision of My Life

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 would’ve kept me in Bakersfield, made me go back to college, & probably would’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 “other route”. I packed my bags, hopped on a plane, & moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to further my career. I wasn’t sure if radio was what I “wanted to do with my life” 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 didn’t know anyone (except my boss, the wonderful Nick Elliott), it was my first “real” shift on the air (I worked 11pm-5am in Bakersfield on KKXX), and I was terrified…and excited…and nervous…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 Kelly’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 don’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 I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. If you would’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 “sure they are”, 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 ugly…I wouldn’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, you’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 don’t think there are words to describe how much you’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 TV…even if it was only for a little while

Jack Diamond , Thanks for fighting for a girl in a medium sized market! I can’t wait to see what happens next

 

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I get chills every time I hear B.O.B.’s “Don’t Let Me Fall”. He says,

“Cause I put my pain my heart
My soul my faith in this”

and that’s exactly how I feel.

  • There’s not enough room or time for all the satellites around Planet Brooke to explain how you’ve impacted our paths and journeys. The ripple effect of this one moment in time is greater than you can ever imagine. Long Live the Cupcake.

  • LOVE this blog post! You go girl.. You have a lot to be proud of! You’ve got a fan here in Beaufort, SC!

  • Thanks for being so awesome 🙂

  • Liane

    Brooke, no one but you could turn a doorstop into a rewarding career! So glad to hear you are living the dream.

  • Thank you all! It’s been a pretty amazing journey so far!

  • Girrrll! I remember you when you started at KKXX and I was at KRAB. I gotta tell you I’m so proud of you and so glad you took the leap! Congrats on all of your success baby!