Confidence. Voice. Change.
Confidence. Voice. Change.
Growing up, Sara Jean always listened to the radio in her quaint hometown bedroom in Kettle Falls, Washington. Each time she heard a song she loved from her favorite radio station, she’d jump up, rush to her dual cassette recorder and make sure she could record the song to be played for many days, weeks and months to come. Radio became a big part of Sara’s life but she never thought a career in radio was something she could achieve.
It's given me that great opportunity to inspire others and and use my voice for a lot more than I ever would have thought possible. Even if I'm just reaching one person, to be able to be a lighthouse for people, is a fantastic feeling.
After graduating from high school, Sara chose to pursue a different degree that didn’t require her to be in the spotlight like some of her favorite radio personalities. “At WSU, I wanted to go to school to be a journalist. You know, hiding behind my pen and paper seemed like a great thing. Never had a lot of confidence or anything." She added that she knew she wanted to change the world, or maybe even one person, but didn’t quite know how. “I knew I wanted to do something. There was something tugging at me. I wanted to change the world from the day that I was a little girl. That was always something I wanted to do but I didn't know quite how I was to go about doing it."
Upon graduating from WSU, she was approached to do promotions for a radio station. “Promotions gave me the opportunity to be a part of all the action. To be in the community but still kind of be hiding. I loved to hide." Yet, one day, someone believed in her and gave her an opportunity she couldn’t turn down. “I started producing a sports show as the lady of the locker room. I was still able to hide because nobody knew who the lady of the locker room was so I still felt confident because I didn't have to show my face or let them know what my name was."
After her leap into production and being an on-air talent, she took the plunge and did eventually become a noticeable name and radio personality. “I ended up at iHeart Radio and they put me on the country station and from there, all of a sudden I was on KISS 98.1.” She smiled remembering her start. “It was a station that, when I was a little girl, I would listen to in my bedroom. Every night I would listen to KISS 98.1 and I'd fall asleep to the same music and that was my station that I grew up on."
Since becoming a regular radio personality, Sara realized she could use her voice for good and, little by little, found the confidence that she’d always wanted. "It's given me that great opportunity to inspire others and and use my voice for a lot more than I ever would have thought possible." Continuing, she added, “I've never had such an accepting family and my listeners are definitely my family. It's really cool to know that they reach so far and they're always there to support me."
Her years in radio have taught her to keep going and to keep pursuing the best you that you can be. “It's definitely saved me. It's kept me on the right track. Radio was here for me through all my ups and downs.” Even with her ups and downs, she still aims to serve her listeners and followers in whatever way she can. “To be able to use my voice, not even just on air, but through social media and through all the different avenues that come with being in media, what a fulfilling thing. Even if I'm just reaching one person, to be able to be a lighthouse for people, is a fantastic feeling."