Sally was always interested in radio broadcasting. It was her life. She wrote commercials, some show copy, and eventually reported on the weather. Everything was done live in the studio. She sweet-talked management into what she wanted to do, especially being on the air.
“No one wants women on the air,” she was told. But Sally didn’t heed such advice. After all this was her dream, one that ultimately became her reality. She interviewed many celebrities, including Cloris Leachman, Gene Kelly, Rock Hudson, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, Loretta Lynn, and Paul Lynde.
She spent three decades working for stations on the East Coast, and also worked for WCOL, WHKC, WTOL, WMOA, and WBRJ, before retiring in 1979. Retirement did not slow her down, as she founded the Toy and Doll Museum in Marietta, Ohio, and worked as a tour director in Florida.
When she turned 90, she realized it was time to try something different. Sally wanted to create programming for older seniors (over 70), so she put a show together and has been doing it ever since. She interviews older seniors and discusses topics that relate to her generation. She loves playing songs by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and other artists from the 1940’s.
“Older seniors still have lives. There are things they want to hear about,” Sally said. Listeners can find her Good News for Seniors podcast that airs on WMOA-AM 1490. Listeners from Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Florida tune in every week. To listen to Sally’s podcast, visit www.wmoa1490.com/podcasts.
Sally’s son, Steve, helped set up the technology and programs she uses to record her podcasts. Once a podcast is completed, she sends it to WMOA via e-mail. She admits being slightly intimidated by the changes in technology at first, but enjoys the ease of use now that she’s grown accustomed to it.
For Sally, the radio business remains her passion. She loves her life so abundantly that she would live it all over again. Simply put, Sally said, “I don’t think I could do anything else.”