You listen to cool music, meet new people and attend lots of local events. Are there any drawbacks to a career in radio?
Every profession comes with its own unique quirks, and radio is no different. But if you're passionate about something, being able to do that every day trumps any drawbacks. You have to do what you love. In this profession, I know how lucky I am -- playing the music I love, in a city I'd fallen in love with as a child, surrounded by people who have far surpassed the "listener" label and become family. It's truly the radio trifecta.
You're a new mom. Have you succumbed to anything you vowed you'd never do as a parent?
I'd always hoped to be able to stay at home and avoid daycare -- you hear horror stories. But because we enjoy having a place to live and luxuries like electricity and water, that's just not possible in this day and age. I am so thrilled with Another Great Beginnings. The transition back to work has been much easier knowing my little man is in the best hands possible. Peace of mind is an amazing thing.
How tough is it to balance work and motherhood?
It certainly has its moments. Rock 103 is my baby, but now we have this amazing bundle of awesome that I'm completely addicted to in every way. I'm learning how to prioritize, but I'm very fortunate. When it comes to the home life, it's a total team effort. Work-wise, one could not ask for better coworkers or bosses because they understand and they're just as excited about our son as we are.
What's missing from the local music scene?
We have some fantastic small festivals. I'd love to see more of them and help grow them into "destination" events -- maybe one day something like Summer Sideshow could be the next South by Southwest or Bonnaroo. Also, we'd planned on a local music show, but then I found out I was expecting. We put it on the back burner, but we're setting that ball in motion now.
What's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
On a purely selfish note? Carty at Tootsie's Salon and Gifts. Also, I'm a bit of a nerd, so I'd say all of the historical sites in the area, the numerous museums, the Omnisphere Theater at Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the ability to go ghost-hunting with a paranormal research team. We have tons of great physical and outdoorsy things, but we have so many fantastic options on rainy days, too. The volunteer opportunities are huge as well. I'm a sucker for animals, and the work Happy Homes does is simply amazing. The Chattahoochee Valley has something for everyone. If you're bored, you're just not getting out there.