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I am doing exactly what I wanted to do almost all my life.
When I was in public school in New York, I would sleep with a small transistor radio (am I dating myself?) under the pillow and fall asleep to the sound of the DJ playing the music, hoping one day I could be where he is. Now I am. And I never take that for granted.
I worked in college radio from 1973-1976 and moved down south in 1977 and I never looked back. I started on 98.7 playing country music, then did a talk format, and then began playing the soft rock we now play. But the music is only a small part of what I love about this job. Part of it is the people I get to meet and who listen to me. Part of it is doing cool things in the community. I have worked with such groups as The United Way, Earth Day, Keep America Beautiful, and Beaufort Humane Association. The animals are my passion. I still serve on the groups Board of Directors (now renamed Palmetto Animal League) and have four cats and one dog--all rescues. I love 'em to death. You can find out more about PAL here.
We have done some awesome things at The River, like our Tsunami Relief effort last year and the work we did to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, filling the entire Mediaplay parking lot with donations of bottled water, shoes, childrens' toys, pet food and everything else that came our way. I never imagined we'd generate as much as we did. But one of my favorite challenges is my annual "Christmas Wish." Every year, for the first two weeks in December, I read letters from area social workers and hospital staff about families impacted by cancer. These are families that have very little to begin with, and there is no hope that the children in these families will have any type of joy this holiday season, either because a child or a parent is undergoing cancer treatment. The first year we raised an average of $1000 per family--I was left totally drained and extremely moved by the outpouring of compassion. It gets better each year. This year's Christmas Wish is more of a challenge considering the economy, but there are still some very caring individuals who take stock in their own good fortune and donate whatever they can. We generated nearly $30,000 in donated money, gift cards, items and services! It's truly amazing...and I thank you for being a part of it!