Posted: 11:01 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Yesterday I took a short trip to Los Vegas and hit the jackpot. I played no machines, bought into no table games, rolled no dice, but a gamble I made over 30 years ago paid of BIG.
Once upon a time I was told it couldn’t be done. I risked it all, literally, when I determinedly stuck to my guns and said, “Yeah, this evening call-in, storytelling, dedication-making, song-matching thing, hosted by a female WILL make it. It IS wanted, relevant, necessary…” and despite several nay-sayers, many nights eating ramen, putting my first baby to bed on floors of recording studios (now a grown man, husband, father, and police officer, in the photo with me!), and cross-country job juggling, it paid out. I became the number one, most listened to female radio personality in America.
Yesterday, I was honored to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, joining such greats as Paul Harvey, Larry King, Kasey Kasem, Rick Dee’s and the only other female inductee, Kate Smith, who sang for radio in the 1920’s! It is a great and tremendous honor that wouldn’t have happened were it not for many blessings in my life, one, an early mentor, Mr. Victor Stredicke.
In the ’80’s, Vic wrote a weekly radio/TV column for a Seattle newspaper. On-air folks like me would wait for the paper to come out every Sunday and quickly scan it to see if our names had been mentioned. Mine was. In fact, Vic took an interest in me. He talked with me, and shared.
Shared info like what ratings and numbers meant, and the value attached. Shared the importance of connecting with my audience, and encouraged me to write letters of acknowledgement and thanks to my listeners. Shared his knowledge of self-promotion and shared his contacts; helping me to get head-shots taken and business cards printed. He shared of himself, befriending my son and making him feel special.
Vic asked nothing in return.
He saw a unique talent in me and thought it was important enough to nurture so that IT, (I) could be shared with a large listening audience.
Vic was at the head table as I was inducted yesterday. We had been out of touch for many years, but I managed to track him down. He and I both shed a few tears when I accepted the honor, in many ways a direct result of his early mentoring.
Mentoring is the sharing your gifts, knowledge, and self with someone in whom you see untapped potential. I’ve been blessed to have several in my life. Have you mentored? Have you been mentored? If so, I hope it’s one more story I’ll get to hear.
Write to me HERE to share your experience!
New Movie | JONAH: On Stage!
Get ready for a jaw-dropping adventure for the whole family as one of the Bible’s biggest stories comes to life! From the big stage to the big screen, Sight & Sound’s hit musical, JONAH: ON STAGE!, splashes into movie theaters nationwide for a special event, on-day only, Tuesday, May 2.
When God calls Jonah to offer mercy and forgiveness to the people of Nineveh, he runs straight… in the opposite direction! As is often the case in life, one bad choice leads to another and soon Jonah’s “get-away” ship is on the verge of destruction amidst a terrible storm. To save themselves, the ship’s crew tosses Jonah overboard … and into the waiting mouth of one ginormous fish. But as Jonah discovers on his long journey, God is always willing to offer anyone another chance.
Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early by going to see the one-day showing of JONAH: ON STAGE! Great entertainment for the entire family.
You can find participating theaters and learn more at: JonahOnStageMovie.com.
New Music | Pentatonix Volume IV – Classics
Pentatonix, who I love because of their incredible talent and their fresh, funky, sound, has just debuted a new music video for their a capella cover of Queen’s classic Bohemian Rhapsody. Click the title to watch the video!
Pentatonix Volume IV – Classics, also features arrangements of John Lennon’s Imagine, the Grammy Award-winning performance of Jolene, featuring the one-and-only, Dolly Parton, and more!
You can head over to their web site to see everything that’s going on with PTX, but here’s the run-down on the album and summer tour dates!
Here’s the track list:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
4. Over The Rainbow
5. Take On Me
6. Can’t Help Falling In Love
7. Jolene, feat. Dolly Parton
Pentatonix is ON TOUR this summer!!!! Go see them:
• July 2,3 & 4 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
• August 5 – Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – Columbus, OH
• August 8 – Wisconsin State Fair Park – West Allis, WI
• August 26 – Nebraska State Fair Park – Grand Island, NE
• August 28 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, IL
• August 30 – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN
• September 2- The Great Allentown Fair – Allentown, PA
• September 3 – Champlain Valley Exposition – Essex Junction, VT
Spring Recipe | Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
‘Tis the season, of rhubarb that is! All the plants are up in my garden, showing giant green glossy leaves atop crisp red stems. If you’re not growing this easy, showy plant in your garden, I’ll bet you have a neighbor who is and will be HAPPY to give you a handful of stems!
I like to make Upside-Down Cake in addition to pie and sauces with this tart “fruit”. I use a cast-iron skillet like my mamma and grandma did. You can use a cake pan if you like, but you’ll need to heat the fruit mixture in something else, then pour into your pan for baking.
Here’s my easy recipe:
• 2 Tablespoons of butter
• 1 lb rhubarb cut into 1″ pieces
• 1 1/4 cup white sugar
• 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
• 1 Tablespoons of vanilla extract
• 1 Butter Recipe cake mix + eggs, oil and water called for OR
• 1 Upside-Down cake recipe + all called for ingredients.
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Place butter in cast iron skillet – heat over stove burner until melted
3. Add rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla
4. Cook on med-high heat until rhubarb is tender when pierced with a fork
5. Mix up cake mix or cake recipe
6. Pour over rhubarb mixture in skillet
7. Bake at 375 degrees until cake is done and comes out clean when pierced with a toothpick
8. Remove from oven, allow to cool
9. Place serving platter on top of skillet and while holding with one hand use other to invert skillet on TOP of the platter – Remove skillet
10. Serve warm or cold with dollop of whipped cream or ala mode
There was much moaning and groaning, gnashing of teeth, and a few all-out wails when my kids had to board the flight back to the damp and dreary Pacific Northwest yesterday afternoon after the induction ceremony. The dry, warm, sunny clime of Los Vegas was just a tease. Summer won’t be along for some time in our little corner of the world.
They don’t believe me when I tell them spring is unfolding into summer right before their eyes! Proof positive are the cherry blossoms that greeted us upon return. Full and pink and fragrant, they dance and bob on the breeze, sending their heady sent into the late afternoon.
Spring is… Summer’s mentor.
Wishing you the best of the last of April’s day’s. Next time we chat it will be May my friends! Keep that positive vibe going, and… Love Someone!