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So it’s a bit weird to write about yourself, or at least, it is for me….so I’ll do my best not to bore you to death! I’m originally from downstate, south of Detroit, from an area locally known as ‘Downriver’. I’m the youngest of four kids, my Dad worked at Chrysler and my Mom was a bus aide for the school district. My radio world then was The Breakfast Club, Pillow Talk with Johnny Williams, Dick Purtan, Arthur P, Drew & Mike-Detroit had GREAT radio.
After spending five semesters in college, I was frustrated and spinning my wheels because I wasn’t getting where I wanted to go fast enough. Driving to work one day, I heard a commercial on the radio(I know, ironic, right?) for Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts (that’s what it was called then-it’s now the Specs Howard School of Media Arts-gotta give a little love to my alma mater) voiced by Ernie Harwell, long time voice of the Detroit Tigers (I LOVE YOU ERNIE!!) That commercial changed my life!
A light-bulb went off in my head and I enrolled in Specs Howard the next week. I graduated in 1994 after interning with WRIF-a great experience and I learned so much from some truly amazing and talented people. My first job was as midday host for a country station in Adrian called Q-95 Country. Again, worked for great people that taught me so much! Thank you Greg, Bruce & Sue!
Looking to relocate and plant our own roots-My then boyfriend, now husband, received two different job offers. One in Fort Wayne, Indiana and one in Traverse City. Both great opportunities…so WHAT TO DO!!! We literally flipped a coin…and Traverse City it was! I began looking for a job and sent audition tapes and resumes to every radio station I could find contact information for. I was lucky enough to be hired by THE best rock station in Northern Michigan, Double Rock KLT (that’s what it was called then, remember?) I started in February of 1996 working 7p-midnight. Truthfully, the transition from being a down stater took me a while-it was WAY too quiet up here and seriously everything closed at 9pm back then. But I loved what I did and loved the people I was working for. My husband and I were married that same year, June of 1996.
So fast forward through the last 23 years, I was on air with KLT also working in promotions, marketing, and that transitioned into the traffic department (the folks in charge of those commercials you hear) and then became the Business Manager. In December of 2014, I became the General Manager and it’s really hard to describe how very blessed I am to have worked for Northern Broadcast this many years and to have had the opportunity to be part of the many phases, faces and transitions that make us what we are today. I am so incredibly thankful for the people I get to work with every day. Our team is truly the best and I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by more talented, dedicated people.
My husband Jim and I have been married for 23 years and he is my best friend, my biggest support and honestly my loudest cheerleader. We love to travel, hike, camp, and the UP is one of our favorite places on earth. If anyone asked what the secret to a happy marriage is, I would tell them to find someone to laugh with, learn to laugh at yourself and let go of the small stuff because life is too short.
Thank you for being part of our Fox family and listening every day. I love having a job that makes me smile every day-I try to pass that along every chance I get!! So smile-this article is FINALLY over! 😊