Denise grew up on a family farm near Big Neck, Illinois in Adams County. She graduated from Unity High School in Mendon in 2008 and completer her BS in Mass Communications and Public Relations at SIU Edwardsville in 2012. While in school, Denise interned here at STARadio, which is where her love for the radio business began. Denise thoroughly enjoys talking with all of you here on 99.5, and you’ll often hear stories about her husband, Jeremy, whom she married in 2015. They welcomed their first little girl, Sydney in December of 2016, and have been enjoying parenting ever since.
Questions for Denise:
1. What’s your favorite memory tied to a country song? Luke Bryan music/concert on Spring Break in Daytona. It was a week full of friends, music and the ocean. It was perfect.
2. Who is your favorite old-school country artist or group? Garth Brooks. My mom always had his tape playing while we were growing up, and my love for him has only grown. Seeing him in concert was something I’ll never forget.
3. What sport are you the best at, and have you played competitively? Volleyball, for sure. I played in high school and rec leagues in college. Now, we have a group of ladies that play at the YMCA in Quincy.
4. Do you have any hidden talents? I can play the tenor saxophone and can bake some mean brownies.
5. When in doubt, what’s your go-to drink at a bar? Malibu and Diet Pepsi.
6. Tacos or pizza…defend your argument : Pizza. Less of a mess than tacos. Plus, pizza just tastes way better. Jeff Special on thin crust with no mushrooms or pepperoni, please!
7. What tongue-twister will always trip you up? I had a speech impediment growing up and always slurred my S’s. Speech class fixed it but I still sometimes struggle with “Sandy saw seven seals at the seashore.”!
8. Top 3 movies and/or TV Shows…GO! Friends, Grey’s Anatomy and Because I Said So.
Each week, a charted country star joins Lon Helton to count down the week’s Top 30. Lon is a Nashville insider, well known by the stars. They tell funny, unrehearsed stories about their friends. The show is recorded live each week on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Lon Helton has been host of Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992. He is Publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade magazine. He is also Editor of the Mediabase Country Chart, which is used in this show. Read more here. (Have “here” redirect to http://www.countrycountdownusa.com/about/ )
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri got her start playing for tips at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. She signed with Mercury Records and emerged as a distinctive voice on the country music landscape – driving, passionate, spirited – and every bit her own woman. The 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year has also taken home the CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She has made her mark on radio with more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones in Canada and the USA – hits such as such as “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Read more here. (Have “here” redirect to http://www.terriclark.com/about-terri/ )
Kix Brooks was born and raised in Shreveport, LA where he hit the ground running and has never slowed down. He got into music at a young age which eventually lead him to Nashville where he started his career writing hit songs for other artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Highway 101, and John Conlee. In 1990 Kix teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form Brooks & Dunn, who are the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They sold more than 30 million records, won more than 75 major industry awards, and had 20 #1 hits during their 20-year run together. In 2006 Kix took over the hosting reins of the long-running syndicated radio program, American Country Countdown, where every week he counts country music’s Top 30 songs. Read more here (have “here” redirect to http://www.kixbrooks.com/about/ )