Happy #NationalRadioDay 2018!

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HAPPY NATIONAL RADIO DAY 2018!!!!

Every year on this day I tend to look back at the last FOURTEEN YEARS of my life. I can't believe I've been in radio FOURTEEN years. I don't even feel that old. I'm not sure how that's possible.

I did take two years off and was a Flight Attendant. I will always describe that as the best/worst two years of my life.

People often ask me how I got into radio or what brought me here. I guess it was mostly just my love for music. I once truly believed I was going to be the next Christina Aguilera. However, after a handful of failed American Idol auditions later I have given that dream up. 

In case anyone cares at all or has interest in working in radio...here's how my career began.

FOURTEEN YEARS AGO.

But who is counting.

I started working in radio in high school in Kansas City at Mix 93.3.

I interned in their promotions department & street team for about two years. I was so obsessed with the job that I worked for FREE for two years. 

I was super intrigued by the on-air side of the gig that I then did an internship for The Cabana Boy Show on Mix (he did nights 7-midnight!) I loved it so much that I continued to work for free.

 They literally couldn't get rid of me. 

After two years of interning...I GOT MY FIRST PAYING GIG. 

I was hired to run the radio board during live broadcasts and I would come in super early at 6AM Saturday & Sunday mornings running the board for the American Top 40 countdown. This was years ago too, so I think it was when Casey Kasem still hosted the countdown!

Below is the first picture ever taken of me running my own radio board. 

I was so proud...you have no idea.

I guess I was okay enough-ish at running the board that somehow they allowed me on-air on the weekends while I was in college. But, it was overnights. 

I worked at a tanning salon and went to classes Monday - Friday and then I worked at the station Friday & Saturday overnights. Looking back I'm not sure how I even passed my classes with such little sleep. But, I was just so obsessed with radio. 

Every single time I got to crack the mic it was such a rush!

I did the overnights for a year and then I was able (all while still in college!) to produce the Rocket & Teresa Morning Show in KC. I grew up listening to them in Kansas City so I really felt like I finally arrived once I got to work for them.

Pictured [left to right] is one of my BFFs Josh Swank who was on the show as well. Rocket, Teresa & Ponch!

This remains one of my career highlights:

HANSON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Respect!

Also, meeting Reba. How is that even possible?!

Circa 2008...I was so obsessed with Katy Perry that I wanted to look just like her. So, I dyed my hair black.

Please don't ever let me do that again. hahah

In honor of @katyperry's new single here's a throwback of me and one of my bffs the first time we met her. I also look like the evil twin of myself...I'm aware 💁🏻"Are we crazy? Living our lives through a lens?" LYRICS ON POINT. #chainedtotherhythm 💯

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NKOTB.

And one of the best moments of my life was at Red White & Boom in Kansas City when Swank and the Chiefs Cheerleaders sang and danced to "It's Raining Men."

After college, I moved to Wichita to do middays on Channel 963.

Then in 2013 moved to 102.1 The Bull when it launched and did afternoons.

Somehow, I even won a KAB Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for DJ Personality of the year. 

DJ Personality of the Year at the KAB Awards 🎉🙌🏻 #radiolife

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Literally 30 seconds before I started crying 😭 #StorytellerTour

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Less than 3 hours away from our iHeartRadio Music Awards!!! This guy is performing 🙌🏻💗 #iHeartAwards ••• TBS, TNT and truTV

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🆘🆘🆘 R.I.P me 😭😭😭 #15ina30tour

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@jennifernettles is seriously electrifying + @lindsayell is a goddess!!! @sugarland is back and better than ever!! 🤩

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Fourteen years later, I'm literally still counting all the blessings that radio has given me. And all the people I get to meet every single day, radio has allowed me to make so many friends.

I will ride this radio wave until it crashes. Can't imagine doing anything else!

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