Here's Why I'm Leaving Cities97.1

It’s kind of difficult to know how to start this.

By now, I’m assuming you’ve heard the news that I have decided to leave Cities97.1 after six and a half years of co-hosting the morning show. Before that, I was a regular guest on the Power Trip morning show for over a year. So, iHeart has been a home away from home for me for a long time.

Doing radio has been quite the adventure!

I’ve met some of my favorite artists, and had the privilege of interviewing many of them. Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, STING (!!!), Patty Griffin, Ben Rector, Walk the Moon, Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, John Mayer…the list goes on and on.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many of you, from warm Basilica Block Party nights, to the hot and steamy days of the State Fair, to countless heartwarming charity events and fun afternoons for Live At the Lake. I loved taking selfies with you, hearing your stories…from what you liked, to what wasn’t working.

I’ve had more fun at a time of day when most people haven’t even left their houses yet, and on multiple occasions wondered how I got to be so lucky to get paid to do it!

So, why leave?

Well, as fun and exciting and silly and ever-changing as it’s been, my passion has always been, and continues to be, in making music.

I used to only focus on my own. But a little over 3 years ago, a family reached out to me about giving their daughter voice lessons. At first I said no, but after meeting the little girl, agreed to take on the challenge.

Fast-forward to present day. I work with more than 40 singers of varying ages and skill levels. I had no idea I could love doing something so much. I realized that my love and passion for working with aspiring singers, and helping them find their voices, surpasses the satisfaction I get from creating my own music.

And I’m fortunate that I don’t have to choose one or the other. I get to do both.

But something’s gotta give. When you get up at 3:30AM, teach all day, and try to work in some concerts of your own, that doesn’t leave much room to breathe.

So, as scary and unknown as the future is when you step out on your own, that’s what I have decided to do. And, to be honest, I don’t feel alone. I have so many people who are cheering for me, encouraging me to keep going, and motivating me to follow my dream. I really am fortunate.

But I can’t finish this without saying thank you. Truly, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me into your mornings, your routines, your conversations, and your lives.

It has been my pleasure and, even if I didn’t always get it right, I always felt like we were in this together. And I am grateful for that.

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