In 1993, I was a 21-year-old community college student working full-time in the wonderful world of retail.
I took a Radio/ Television production class that required an internship, I dreamed of finding an internship at a television station and making it big in the world of TV.
Well, that didn’t happen. I got an internship at KFI.
Little did I know that KFI was poised to become THE talk station in Southern California. After my internship spent opening mail and answering phones, I was approached with the opportunity to be a “screener” on The Bill Handel show....for a whopping $5.25 an hour!
(Never mind that I had to drive an HOUR from the OC every day at 4am. So even though gas was, I think, 99 cents a gallon at the time, my $5.25 an hour and 20 hours a week barely paid for the gas needed to get back and forth to work. So I had to keep my full-time job as well, all while going to school full-time.)
Little did I know that screeners were just a step up from pond scum and my job served three basic purposes.
Eventually, my part-time thing turned into working many more hours than I should for no additional pay to learn about the wonderful world of producing.
When Bill's producer went on maternity leave, I filled in. When she decided not to return, I was asked if I wanted the job for a pittance above what I was already making. Against my better judgment, I said yes.
Because of that, I missed out on the opportunity to transfer to a university for a REAL college experience (you know what I’m talking about... slacking off and stumbling home half-naked with puke in your hair after getting rip-roaring drunk at fraternity parties.)
With the exception of about 2 years when I worked on other projects here at KFI, I’ve been with Bill’s show my entire KFI career. Why? I like that Bill's a big A-hole and it's fun for me knowing that the women in Bill’s life control him…I like being a part of that.
So that’s it about me except that I’m a native New Yorker, a "Lawng Gyelander"....brought forcibly to California by my parents at the tender age of 15. I’m half Italian/half German, my breasts are a 42F (I used to think they were a 40D, but after seeing 'bra wizard' I realized I had been wearing the wrong size for all these years) and I’m reasonably OK looking. I got married October 2010, but we've been together since 2001.
My husband and I have a dog, Princess Grace Kelly...a 6 pound chihuahua that controls our lives.
This blog may contain profanity and/or material considered inappropriate. The views expressed in this blog are the opinions of the individual writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of KFI AM-640 and Clear Channel Radio.
For those who are curious about what goes on behind the scenes here at KFI, here's a few tidbits to whet your appetite.
-- Gary Hoffmann makes a full pot of coffee every day...and he's the only one who drinks it.
-- Besides his own coffee, Bill Handel only likes Snapple Diet Peach Tea and Diet Coke. He also has a toaster oven in his office to heat up sausages and burritos from Costco.
-- Shannon Farren, will always, and I mean ALWAYS, enter a room with a high kick and a cheer. It's AWESOME.
-- Carry a prism, because if ever get into a heated debate with KFI News Director, Chris Little, about sentence structure or grammar, you can distract him with a shiny object and run away. (Also, Chris ALWAYS gets Handel's restaurant leftovers.)
-- If you see John Kobylt & Ken Champiou in the hallways, consider yourself lucky if you get more than a 'Harumph' when you say 'Hello!'
-- Whenever the camera is pointed at him, Bill Carroll will give it the finger.
-- Tim Conway Jr. has a welcome mat outside his door that says "Doorbell broken, yell 'Ding Dong' really loud!"
Bill Carroll's producer, Brian Holt, will come into our office at least once a day looking for food...and he's the skinniest guy on the staff!