Q & A with Brittany
GROWING UP: I grew up just outside of Grampian, Pa. in Irishtown. I'm the
youngest of four kids, and there's a big age difference between me and my
siblings. There were always plenty of people looking after me, and there was
always tons of room to run around! My parents now have Madera's Greenhouse and
Blueberries in Grampian.
I was absolutely the biggest nerd (and probably still am). I loved school
and always carried a book with me. (I was such an avid reader that I actually
tried to read while riding a bike... which didn't end well.) Name any nerdy
hobby and I was probably interested into it at one point. Even though I was a
strange little kid, I was generally sweet and friendly and had a close group of
GETTING INTO RADIO: I went to IUP
for Journalism, and I learned so much about news writing from the fantastic
faculty who work there. I assumed I'd go
into print media, but I started exploring radio once I realized how much I
loved spoken word via podcasts and radio programs. I especially love NPR and
the How Stuff Works podcasts.
I was fresh out of college when I started at my first radio job at Renda
Broadcasting in Indiana, Pa. I knew right away that I wanted to continue being
in the radio industry and stay on-air. It's a nice way to mix my love for
spoken word with my nosiness about news and local events.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Since I've only
been in radio for a few years, I hope that most of my career highlights are yet
FUNNY RADIO STORY: I did a remote
broadcast from inside of a hot air balloon once! There was an event for a
RE/MAX grand opening, so they were giving free rides in the RE/MAX balloon. It
was so exciting to be able to do a report from hundreds of feet in the air, but
I was SOOO nervous! My legs were shaking the entire time. I have a recording of
my broadcast from up in the air, and you can hear in my voice exactly how
nervous I was. I always overestimate how brave I am! I sign up to do scary
things and then have second thoughts (though I usually go through with it
ONE PERSON IN HISTORY YOU'D LIKE TO MEET: Just one?! I'd love to meet everyone. If I have to pick, then probably
either Kurt Vonnegut or Hunter S. Thompson.
THREE DINNER GUESTS: Am I cooking
for them? If so, we'll have to find three people who are easy to impress
because I'm not a great cook.
FAVORITE SINGER OR GROUP: I really
do like just about anything, but there's a special place in my heart for the
late '90s and early '00s songs I grew up with. My now-husband, Jeremy, and I
used to go to tons of ska/punk/folk concerts. Some of my favorite bands include
Streetlight Manifesto, The Decemberists, Jack Johnson, Neutral Milk Hotel, Reel
Big Fish, Andrew Jackson Jihaad and They Might Be Giants.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: The Office,
Arrested Development, King of the Hill, Bob's Burgers... I also LOVE any
documentaries, especially those by Louis Theroux, Lisa Ling or Morgan Spurlock.
Louis Theroux is my absolute favorite though.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: "Oh my God,
what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your
memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all
those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable
tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that
you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical
silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to
break your heart. Don’t let this happen." - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
FAVORITE FOOD: Anything with
potatoes or cheese
BEVERAGE OF CHOICE: Iced tea if it's
hot outside or Earl Grey (black, no sugar) if it's cold outside
HOBBIES: Podcasts (I have one of my
own too!), reading, writing, my dogs and cats and chinchilla, talking with
people, travelling and exploring when I get the chance
LIFE GOAL: Leave this world at least
a slightly better place than I found it.
GREATEST FEAR: I wouldn't call this
a "fear" exactly, but I am really grossed out by bandaids and tape. I
also hate it when people touch their eyeballs.
CHARITY OF CHOICE: Rotary or BPW,
but I fall in love with just about any charity I hear about.
SOMETHING THAT WOULD SURPRISE SUNNY 106 FANS: I got married in October 2015 in a helicopter
hovering above the Canadian side of Niagara Falls! I've never broken a bone or
had my ears pierced.