Three years ago, when Ryan came to WKDQ he had limited knowledge of country music. He had previously been the Brand Manager and radio personality ay our sister station, 106.1 KISS-FM which is a pop station. And, before that, he was a rock DJ. Let me tell you, he was like a deer in the headlights. So, of course, I had to try my best to make him feel welcome. I thought a trip to Boot Barn was due.

In all seriousness, he was a good sport then and a good sport now. As you can probably imagine, it is not easy to work with me. My giant, fearless and domineering personality can be overbearing at times. You can ask my former radio husband, and my real husbands, and I'm sure they would agree with my honest assessment of myself.

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When Dave Fields left WKDQ and the position to be my radio husband became available, I encouraged Ryan to apply for the job. I was a big fan of his humor, wit, and professionalism. He was real and genuine and I was excited about the show we could develop together.

But, things weren't easy in the beginning. It took time to fine-tune our show to make the best f our similarities and differences. At times, I felt he didn't even like me. I'm sure there were times he felt that working with me was the worst decision he ever made. But, like in any relationship, there will be good times and there will be hard times. We stuck it out, well, we had to, LOL, and we found our way. It is a blast to work with him every morning. I'm so glad he decided to apply for the overwhelming job of being my partner in crime. He has turned into quite the amazing, rock-n-roll cowboy.

Work relationships are difficult and need to be nurtured like any other relationship. But, if you are able to appreciate what your coworker brings to the table and remember that they are only human, your creativity and success in the workplace will thrive.

 

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