I’m originally from NJ and my mom still lives in the house that I grew up in, but I haven’t found my home. When I was 17 years old, I was accepted to Eastern Kentucky University so I moved to Richmond, KY in late summer of ’03, and lived there for two years. EKU, and my time in KY, was A LOT of life lessons. Those two years could be it’s own blog, and maybe one day it will be. But for now, I will just tell you, don’t ever doubt the importance of learning things by trial by error. That was my first move.
I moved back to NJ in 2005. Then 2007 came and I realized I was miserable. I was going to school, majoring in Psych/Social Work (hated it), working a 9-5 office job, and I was fed up and bored. I walked up to the giant map of the U.S. that was displayed on one wall, closed my eyes, and told myself that wherever I pointed to is where I would move. That’s how I ended up in Greenville, SC for (almost) a year. I worked at O’Charleys, attended Greenville Tech (same major, still miserable) and in December, after 9 months, I headed back to NJ.
This is the point in my life where I had my quarter life crisis, and thank god for it. It’s how I realized my love for radio. Music is my biggest passion, getting to know people and their stories is my second, and radio allows me to do both. If you ever have any questions, want to share anything, it’s what I’m here for and you can reach out to me on Snapchat & Instagram @amymcr, and on Twitter @theamymcr.
I did my internship in the summer of 2010. My favorite radio show is The Kidd Chris Show and they were at KUFO in Portland, OR. I knew if I interned with Kidd Chris I would be utilized and actually learn things, instead of just being responsible for calling prize winners or getting coffee. I was so star struck when I got there, I’m pretty sure I barely talked to him to for the first two weeks. The city was cool to explore but I wanted to work and they let me work my ass off. I still get starry eyed when I think about that internship, but I was only there for 3 months, then…back to NJ to finish school. I graduated from Temple University in May 2011 and it took me a year to get my first radio gig…Mornings (and more) on Live 95.9.
Drew, was a co-worker, and these two women were a $h!t ton of fun! I think I’m still FB friends with them.
Live 95.9 is in Pittsfield, MA (or The Berkshires if you’re trying to sound boujee with it). I drove up on a Wednesday and was hired on the spot. That Friday evening I was back in Jersey packing my stuff and I officially moved to Pittsfield on Sunday. It happened fast. I worked in The Pitts for a year and it was…interesting? I have a love/hate relationship with that job. It was miserable. I had a mile drive to & from work and I used to cry because it was such a disaster. But I was on Mornings, Middays, weekends and doing web, production, and promotions so it was all hands-on experience. I was partying a lot to mask how lonely and miserable I was…although I don’t think I did a great job of covering it up. #maskoff
In May 2013, almost a year to the day I started in MA, I had found a new station in Delaware.
My ride or die, Petch
DE, well…wow…a place of some of the most important changes of my life. Again, another time and another blog…
But here, we’re talking about moving and I’ve done it a lot. And the thing is, all the packing up and moving doesn’t necessarily bother me. I don’t invest in places, I invest in people. Never really knowing where you are is just something I accept. In each of these places, I’ve lived in 2-3 different apartments so I constantly open wrong drawers in the kitchen, run my hand along the wall trying to turn on light switches that are on the other side of the door…I wake up sometimes and think I’m in a different apartment!
The part that sucks, and I mean really SUCKS, is constantly starting over and trying to build a life outside of work. I’m 31, single, no kids. How do you meet people?! How do you make friends? I do mostly everything alone: workout, hike, shop (are you aware of how much more fun Target trips are when you’re with a friend?), movies, concerts, classes…I do it all, and I do it all alone. Finding friends, authentic connections, isn’t easy. You both have to share similar levels of crazy. It’s like dating except you don’t even get sex out of it (sometimes this is not true, shout out to my cuddle buddy. JK. I don’t have one. I do that alone as well.)
So shout out to the people who have found themselves driving somewhere with a packed car and hoping they like the apartment they agreed to move into sight unseen. Shout out to the people who show up to restaurants, book clubs, concerts, movies, and anywhere else alone. Shout out the people who know it’s worth it, who appreciate getting to see the country, even if it’s from an outsider’s perspective.
Now it’s your turn…Who are you? Where are you from? What’s your story?