Written by: Jenny
I have always been a music lover. I feel like I should thank my parents because my earliest memories involve music. Simple things like cleaning the house on Saturday mornings with my mom with Top 40 blaring. My dad's love of country music had us listening to Merle Haggard on full blast at any given time. Making up silly dance routines with my cousins in the living room to 'Mickey' by Toni Basil. Billy Joel's 'Glass Houses' 8 Track cranked up as we drove to pick my sister up at Girl Scouts.
Very random, but specific memories.
I think what I love so much about music in general is that it can take you back to an EXACT time and place. It can recapture a particular feeling... instantly. I've lost many people who were very close to me. With one song, I feel their presence. It's powerful.
Growing up, I listened to school announcements over the intercom differently than my classmates (I'm guessing). I liked the idea of talking into a microphone. My parents bought me one that was kinda cool -- it hooked up to the radio and allowed me to talk as though I was on the air! Soon, I had a whole radio station happening right there in my bedroom.
I listened so carefully to Casey Kasem's Top 40 Countdown every weekend. I loved the long distance dedications and couldn't wait to find out if my favorite song would make it all the way to number one. Vivid memories of playing Barbies with my stepsister while listening to the countdown!
But, how do you even get a job on the radio? It seemed like so much fun and was always there in the back of my mind. I had no idea how to go about it. So, likely, I just figured it was never going to happen.
One day in my early twenties, I heard a commercial (on the radio) for a broadcasting school. The endorser of the spot was one of my favorite radio personalities in the area. She inspired me to call, enroll and get an internship at that very station.
I'll never forget the feeling I had the first time I walked into the on-air studio. Excitement. Fun. Music. It felt like home. So, I never left. And the rest is history.
I am so extremely grateful to the people who gave me my first on-air opportunity. I was horrible. HA! So, it was really nice of them to let me do that 1am - 3am shift to work out my kinks and get the practice I needed! Eventually, it led to my own night show, producing a morning show, co-hosting two different morning shows, a move to Kansas City, co-hosting with Rocket and Teresa with a side of afternoon traffic and then 'The Jenny Matthews Show' was born.
Twenty years later, I can tell you with 100% honesty that I look forward to getting up every morning and coming to work. I get to play MUSIC all day and talk about fun pop culture stuff. Concerts. Emceeing. Involvement with charities near and dear to my heart. And most recently, creating this website to share, encourage and WRITE. My other passion.
Oprah was right when she said this:
I'm writing this to encourage you to do just that. Life is short. Let's make the most of our stories.