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I've loved radio since I was a kid and consider myself extremely lucky to get paid to do it. I'm a 2002 graduate of the DC campus of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, I play several musical instruments and write books for fun. And I'm a huge fan of the Philly teams: the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. 
 
 
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Regarding Tori

by JD posted Jan 31 2014 7:24PM
In October of 2007, I was hired as a part-time air personality on WAYZ. My first day of work was training. I was to join the jock on air and observe. The jock was Tori Anderson, and it was the first time I had ever met her. I was immediately struck by how welcoming and friendly she was. Whenever I talk with anyone about Tori, the word “nice” inevitably comes up. But in this case it is completely accurate. She’s one of the nicest people I have ever known. That first day she answered my every question, regardless of how inane, with patience and a smile. I went home that day knowing I had just met one of those people who changes your life for the better just by being a part of it.
 
For the better part of three years I was lucky enough to be part of a WAYZ lineup with Tori, Tiny, Katy, and AJ. Oftentimes when you’re in the middle of an extraordinary time in your life you don’t know it until after. But I knew this was special. I was lucky enough to be a part of this exemplary group of people, all of whom I number among my closest friends. All the while Tori led the way. She was our den mother, the person who never had anything negative to say, who always found the positive in everything, and who taught us all by example how to handle any situation with grace and that love is the right answer to just about any question.
 
We had known for a while that Tori’s departure was coming. Her scleroderma was making it more and more difficult to work and to commute. We all supported Tori’s decision; we love her, and as incredibly difficult as it is to watch someone you love suffering, it is of course even worse for them. And so we all did our best to be positive and focus on the fact that she would be more comfortable and in less pain. We did our best to ignore our own feelings of impending loss. Even so, on the day of her last broadcast, we all gathered around her as she read her statement to you, the listeners, we were all, to a person, choked up. It was a very emotional moment.
 
And just like that she was gone. She did come out for our company holiday party in January, and we all extended open invitations to drop by and sit in with us on air anytime. And hopefully that will happen. She may be gone from our airwaves, but she is and will always be a treasured member of our family. Like I said before, she is one of those people who changes your life for the better just by being a part of it. And I’ve spoken to countless members of our audience who have related to me their Tori stories. And every last one of them told me what a wonderful person she was, how she always had time to talk, and had a kind and encouraging word for everyone. This was no act; it was and is 100% genuine. In this cynical day and age it’s easy to assume that everyone is bitter and angry. But Tori is not. Many people in her position would be, and it would be hard to blame them. But not Tori. She coined the motto “Scleroderma Sucks,” and it does, but she has not allowed it to define her. She has handled her condition with grace and dignity and she serves as an inspiration to everyone whose lives she’s touched, either in person or on the radio.
 
I can safely speak for Tiny, Katy, and AJ when I tell you it’s been an honor to work with Tori, and even more of an honor to know her. We were lucky enough to be all together for three years, and I’ll look back fondly on those three years for the rest of my life.
 
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02/03/2014 7:25PM
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02/03/2014 8:05PM
adele
JD that was beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. I first heard tori about 6 or 7 years ago. From that day on I listened to Wayz every day in that time period. Then I got to the point where I could listen in the morning. Her voice is like an angles. She has always been and always be an inspiration I'm my life. I miss her dearly. And still can't get myself to listen from 10 to 3. I miss my happy trails girl very much and I pray for a cure. I wish there was a way I could get in touch just to wish her well.
02/03/2014 8:38PM
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JD as I sit here, and read your kind words, the tears flow. I had the pleasure of meeting Tori in 97-98 when my boyfriend, David started playing in Possum Holler along beside her. I will always cherish the fun times that we had on the road trips (and of course the stressful times too :)) when they opened up for so many artists, working on putting the two CD's together. I always love hearing her beautiful voice, she has a voice of an angel for sure. She would be on stage for an hour and instead of going to hide out somewhere until the next set started, and resting her voice, she would sit there and talk to every single person that came up to her. I don't just consider Tori a friend I consider her another sister of mine, and love her very much just like a lot of her other listeners do. What you said was very beautiful and she was lucky to have all of you by her side. She is "the world" to many people, and a true inspiration. Everything you said was very WELL SAID!
02/03/2014 9:34PM
Regarding Tori
I have been blessed to have grown up in church with this beautiful, awesome angel and just want to say that what you wrote is beautiful and the thing that speaks volumes is that she is "100% genuine" ABSOLTELY! I love you Tori, you are my inspiration! Thank you for being you! :)
02/03/2014 9:36PM
tori
Beautiful thought about one BEAUTIFUL lady. Tori is one special and wonderful person. Your blog is very moving and so great of you to post it. Love and miss that lady, her sweet voice was made for the airwaves.
02/03/2014 9:38PM
Regarding Toir
I met Tori one day when I came in to pick up something I had won in a contest. She happened to be in the hallway just going back into the studio. She came back out, shook my hand, allowed me into the studio to pick out a CD, hugged me and smiled the entire time. I didn't have the distinct pleasure of knowing her personally. But I knew her from 10-3 daily and looked forward to her sweet, angelic voice. Her jokes, her words of inspiration and just her sweetness that poured thru the speakers. I miss her, and will have to admit that I listen to the other country station from 10-3 because it's not nor will it ever be the same. I've tried, and it just isn't the same. Your words were beautiful and full of truth. Hope all is well with her.
02/04/2014 11:23AM
Tori
I never met Tori, but we listened to her every day at work here in Ft. Meade. She just was part of our day and part of our family here. We all miss her sweet voice and hope she comes to visit sometime.....Jeanie and friends
02/13/2014 4:39PM
it's me
jd, what you wrote... that was beautiful. thank you. miss ya! peace,joy,love, tori
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