Debbie, Diane, Kelly, Jane and Jo, enjoying our time together
The thing you forget about when you switch careers is that, if you are lucky, you are going to acquire a whole new group of friends. Back in my Graphic Design days, I had friends, but only a few that I knew through my profession.
Getting into Broadcasting in my late 30’s was a little intimidating, but inspired by the famous George Burns quote, “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate,” I proceeded forth, and very soon found myself not only ensconced in the career I was meant for, but also surrounded by people I would eventually become great friends with.
Radio people are a whole different breed in general. Radio women are some of the coolest women I have worked with, and the ones I choose to socialize with are the cream of the crop.
Happy Hour out on my terrace this past Friday proved to be just what this group — Debbie, Diane, Jane, Jo and myself — needed; to catch up, to drink cucumber martinis and wine, enjoy delightful cheeses & duck pâté, nibble on coconut-macadamia nut popcorn & cheesecake, to laugh hard and to make any passersby (we get a lot of foot traffic in my neighborhood) envious.
We share spiritual views, catch up on radio gossip, talk about concerns and family and our latest adventures, and, yeah, laugh a lot. I have a few different circles of friends, but there is something about all of us having the Radio thing in common that bonds us. We are all so different, yet very much the same.
Debbie, News Anchor at KFMB, who I used to work with and miss everyday, yet I am thrilled that she loves her job so very much. Originally from Tuscon, AZ, he is Spanish first language, but her English is impeccable and she just sounds so soothing and professional on the air.
Diane, who I met through a mutual friend eleven years ago, has numerous radio jobs on her résumé, the latest being Producer at Hayhouse Radio. She not only does Voiceover work, she occasionally hands VO work off to me, as well. She has become one of my best friends, mainly because of geography; we have always lived within two miles of each other.
Jane, like Diane, has a very extensive radio résumé, but she primarily now does Voiceover work and Public relations. She is very adventurous and outgoing and has done a lot of charity work in other countries. She and I were actually Facebook friends first, but realizing over time how much we had in common, we became good friends.
Jo does traffic reports from a helicopter on an on-call basis (usually during brush fires or other major traffic-related issues) does Voiceover work, is a published writer and teaches Zumba. I met her when I first started in Radio, and I immediately gravitated toward her positive outlook and fun personality. A rattlesnake bite about eight years ago almost ended her life, but true to form, this fighter managed to beat the odds and come out shining more than ever.
I have only scratched the surface of what these wonderful friends are all about, and I cannot even begin to elaborate what they have meant to me over the years with their love, support, humor and graciousness.
I do have a lot of other good friends in Radio — both men and women — but to spend a Friday afternoon/evening with some of the best, nourishes my soul and helps me appreciate all that is good in the world.