Raising my voice for your cause...

A Women DJ? Never!

For the past 33 years, I've worked outside of the home. 

I got my first job when I was 13 years old working at The Twin Tee Pees Restaurant in Seattle. I stuck with what I knew for awhile with jobs at A&W, Burgermaster, Maverick Steak House & IHOP.  I loved the tips and was able to work my way through school slinging food.  When I graduated high school I enrolled in Bailie School of Broadcast. 

I knew I wanted to be on the radio. I was a radio "groupie" when I was growing up.  I would call the disc jockeys on the air at KING and KJR Radio in Seattle and do whatever I could to get on the air.  I loved top 40 and wanted to be on the radio since I was 11.  On career day in high school, I went to KZOK.  I asked them if there were any women disc jockeys.  They looked at me like I was nuts, but honestly, there weren't any female jocks on the air in Seattle yet.  Maybe the token traffic girl, but not an actual jock. So that's what I wanted and that's what I did. 

I graduated from broadcasting school, and at the suggestion of Dick Curtis who worked at Bailie School of Broadcast, I hopped in my gold mustang coupe and hit the road. I was armed with resumes, cassette airchecks, and a brief case that made me feel like a grown up.  I hit several radio stations from Anacortes to Hoquim.  I was willing to go out of state but ended up about 50 miles outside of Seattle at a country station.  KJUN Radio.  My program director didn't think Heidi May sounded country enough, so they called me Chrissy Thomas on the air.  I would later see my first program director working as a janitor in the same building I worked in when I was at KBSG Radio in Seattle.  Awkward? A little. 

That's how I got started in my illustrious radio career.  It's been very good to me for many years, but the jig is up.  The industry is chewing people up and spitting them out.  So here I am.  Ready for the next chapter. 

I will write more in the next posting --