We asked the HFS DJs to recall the biggest changes in their lives in 2011. Here’s what they had to share.
I continued my resolution from last year to exercise every day and avoid fast food (except for the Taco Bell “Fresco Menu” or Subway)…
I finally joined Facebook with a fan page…
I finallly got a smartphone (an iPhone 4S)…
…and I no longer try to be friends with ex-boyfriends…especially those who “love me, but are not in love with me.”
When I dress in drag (now only on the weekends… didn’t work out too well at the station, it scared Neci)… I’ve decided to lose the fishnet stockings and go back to pantyhose.
[pullquote quote="I realize now that I am more than just what I do for a living." credit="Neci"]One of the biggest and coolest things that happened in my life in 2011 was that HFS came back on the air. That was HUGE!!!! 2011 was also the year that I decided to to try to like ME more. My job has defined me for so long that I felt like a failure when I couldn’t find work in radio again. I realize now that I am more than just what I do for a living.
I made alot of personal changes this year. The biggest was to become a lot more involved in my community. I believe there’s a real difference in the role “government” should play, versus the role “society” should play. That said, I knew that I needed square my actions with those beliefs, so as to learn to govern myself accordingly. I joined a group heavily involved in the community to do just that, and it has been a very rewarding experience.
[pullquote quote="Thanks to the rebirth of HFS, I fell in love with radio and music again this year." credit="Maynard"]Thanks to the rebirth of HFS, I fell in love with radio and music again this year. I’ve been doing this a LONG time, and like anything, it can be a grind. But becoming a part of the HFS crew and getting to work with some of MY favorite DJs–including Gina Crash, Tim Virgin and Neci–has reignited my passion for the biz. Also, having Spam (the keeper of the HFS flame for all these years) bring cool music back to Baltimore, I’ve discovered new bands and rediscovered music that I had forgotten. It’s been an amazing experience and being on the inside, I can assure you that we are just getting started.
I also learned to value my family a little bit more, something I have probably neglected in the past. Not just my kids, but my parents, aunts and extended family. I think that I’ve really discovered that, in life “things” don’t matter. Relationships matter. There are always “things” to buy or acquire…but the connections from one human to another are all so unique and precious, and I’ve come to embrace that fact this past year.
Finally, this year I’ve tried to learn to balance the “radio guy” part of me with the “not radio” part of me. That sounds stupid, I know…but sitting in a room talking to people who aren’t really there can screw with your head, and I’ve been doing it five days a week forabout 18 years now, so learning how to have real conversations with people and to not speak “jock talk” to them can be an adjustment. I didn’t realize it until early this year, but because I’m used to running the radio gear while talking, I’ve developed the TERRIBLE habit of not looking at people when I speak to them, which is crappy–and that’s just one of the bad “radio guy” things….there are a few dozen. So I’m trying to stop the madness.
Back in 1998, I started with HFS as an intern for the morning show, and eventually worked my way through just about every position at the station. 13 years later, in 2011, I found myself in charge of putting the music and the staff back together, and launching it at 97.5 FM. (It was so hard to keep it a secret for so many months!) It’s still so surreal, but the result still gives me goosebumps every day.
I got divorced! Cut that ball and chain and RAN!
[pullquote quote="I saw so many awesome shows over the past year." credit="Reada"]My biggest personal change for 2011 is an easy one. I vowed early in the year to see more live shows, and I think I succeeded. I saw so many awesome shows over the past year. I already mentioned the Foo Fighters show in the post about our favorite music of 2011, but I also went to Chicago for Lollapalooza–my first time there! Bands I loved at Lolla included Muse, The Vaccines, Foster the People, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Big Audio Dynamite, Foo Fighters, Eminem, and Fitz & the Tantrums. I also went to the M3 Rock Fest and Virgin Mobile Free Fest. Non-festival shows included Duran Duran, Goo Goo Dolls, INXS, Cinderella, Sleeper Agent, and Cheap Trick. I know there are a few I’m leaving out, but you get the point. I’ve already got some great shows lined up for 2012–hope to see some of you there!
I had a pretty wild week this year that included my 30th birthday, my brother’s wedding, and a friend from high school dying suddenly in a car crash. I started to become more thankful for everyday I can spend with my family and friends that are still here. My grandma used to always recite a quote about not putting things off until tomorrow if you can do them today. I think it’s a quote from Thomas Jefferson (but she probably got it from Reader’s Digest).
On a lighter note, I did cosplay for Otakon and ComicCon for the first time, which was a total blast! Here are pics of me as She-Ra and Catra as proof.
My two new front teeth. (Damn scooter accident!)