Anyone who knows me knows my wicked love for 80’s music and the whole vibe the decade had, so I was totally stoked when Big John Small invited me to join him and his wife Heidi on their morning show at 92.1 Sunny Radio – where it’s always in the 80’s. While getting ready for my visit I wanted to make sure I fit in and was spazzing on what to wear. Once I found the perfect ensemble, I was out the door!
Upon entering the station, visitors can’t miss the giant “Sunny” behind the reception desk, the pleather couch with accompanying Rubik’s cube coffee table, and all the radical 80’s memorabilia placed throughout. I was spinning round, round like a record baby with excitement! John and Heidi took me on a quick tour. We started out at John’s office, which is filled with even more awesome memorabilia from the 80’s and his radio career. John is one cool dude, and anyone can tell he is passionate about what he does. Not only does John host the morning show with Heidi, but he is also very hands on with the advertising side of things. (Yes, I know you think the ads are like totally bogus, but they are essential for the station so they can keep bringing you more tubular music!) I was lucky enough to sit in during a consultation John had with one of his clients, and I could see the wheels turning as he worked with her to write an ad, brainstorm ideas for products, consider website domains and layouts, her company name and branding strategies, where to place her product, and so much more. Did he have to do this? No… He did it because one, he really cared; and two, he wanted her business to get the most out of its advertising budget. Together they fashioned a plan that I believe will benefit both, and who knows? Maybe someday soon she will invite me to spend the day at her business!
Our next stop was to the studio, where I spent some time on air with the Breakfast Club (John and Heidi). I was uber-nervous to be on the radio and was afraid I would be totally heinous on-air (I am pretty sure I put the deodorant companies in the black that morning), but after a little chit chat I was able to relax and we had a killer time! We even stayed in the studio after the show to record some voicespots for the Great Spot Company (Another business of John’s). The Great Spot Company specializes in voice spots for radio and TV, jingles, phone recordings, and much more. They even produced the winning jingles from an episode of The Celebrity Apprentice! So far the Great Spot Company has worked in 49 states and Canada. Not bad, eh?
As we were headed out of the studio, Mac from the mid-day show was on his way in and I was totally geeking out. I am a major Mac fan, and if you’ve listened to the show I bet you are, too. We got to say a quick hello before he had to duck into the studio while I sat outside taking pictures like a maniac. I wanted to stick around to see if I could get a picture with Vinny, but I had to wrap things up. (A girl’s gotta work, you know.) To all at SunnyRadio, thank you for the bodacious time!