What is your favorite song?
Like, ever? I definitely have a different favorite song for every occasion or mood. But my go to lately has been “Sedona” by Houndmouth.
What is the last book you’ve read?
I’m in the process of reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. My husband got it for me for Christmas…don’t worry it was on my wish list. But he was a little too eager to get it for me. I’m not a terribly tidy person but the book is kind of funny and has helped me get a good perspective on letting things go.
What led you to a career in radio?
I honestly kind of fell into radio. I was working my way through college as a server at Olive Garden. My friend, Nicole Matthews, who I worked with at Olive Garden also worked at the local Christian radio station. I asked how I could help with her overloaded schedule and she suggested that I intern at the station. I had zero expectations going into it, but Scott Michaels gave me every opportunity I could ask for. I had very little direction when it came to what I was going to do after college but once I got bit by the radio bug I was here to stay.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Make friends. Everyone has something to teach you and a large ego will do nothing but stunt your growth.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Lauren Banik is making a huge impact in Sioux Falls. She’s so clever on air and in the community. She’s very interactive and always gives 100%. She is the epitome of asking God for big things and using it to further the Kingdom.
How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
I take vacations. Traveling to different countries has been a lifelong passion of mine. When I get back from an international trip I feel like a brand new person on air. Obviously those trips aren’t super frequent but even if it’s just a weekend in a different city it helps me think outside of my own world.
Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Neither! I lean more toward getting a dumb phone and falling off the grid someday. Which is kind of ironic considering I openly share details about my life to thousands of people every week.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love hearing people’s stories. I feel really privileged that people want to tell me what’s going on in their life. I also really like my co-workers, doing a show with Dave makes going into work every day that much easier.
Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
I’m sure everyone probably says this but Mike Couchman is one of my favorite people to listen to. His creativity and ability to turn ANYTHING into an on air topic is inspiring.
What was your last non-industry job?
I’m not sure this counts as a job because I don’t get paid, but on the weekends during the summer I help out at my husband’s pizza and ice cream shop near a touristy area. Since I don’t get paid, I do the easy work like taking people’s money, chatting with them about their vacation, and eating free ice cream.
Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
When you’re making French macarons, fold the almond flour into the meringue and drag the spatula across the mixture to release the oil from the almond flour and create a glossy batter. Then after you’ve piped it onto a baking sheet, let the uncooked batter sit out for 45 minutes or so to dry out a skin on top. That’s how you get the smooth shell on top and the feet at the bottom of each cookie. I’m not a baker. I just watch a lot of baking on TV.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Chameleon. I’ll be the crayon that adapts to its surroundings and fills in with whatever color is currently necessary.
WNWC – Assistant Program Director/Morning Show Host
CMB Silver Member Since 2016