Looking Back: Cori Celebrates A Year Of Being Back On The Z
You know those sayings "make something good out of something bad" and "when one door closes, another one opens"? That's kind of been my life this past year. And as I celebrate one full year back on the air at Z107.3, the place I started my career almost 20 years ago, I realize this year has really been a big deal for me.
Let me explain.
When I landed my first radio gig on the Z, back in 2000, first working with Chuck Foster, and eventually taking my place as part of the John and Cori show, I knew I was doing exactly what I was meant to do.
The job encompassed everything I was good at; making sense out of the chaos and strangeness life sent my way, and hopefully getting to take people's minds off their problems for a short while. And I considered myself very fortunate to be working with such great people.
To this day, John and I are still very close friends. I grew up on the air there. I turned 21 while working at the station, got engaged and eventually married while working at the Z.
When I ultimately decided to leave in 2005, and spread my wings, it was a hard decision because I didn't think I'd ever find that kind of a perfect situation again.
During the next several years, I was very lucky to work for some other great stations, both across the country and closer to home. All of those experiences were amazing. And I would often stop to take in the moment and appreciate just how grateful I was to be working in this business.
But as you know, life is in a constant state of change. And after over a decade on the air, I "retired" from radio in 2011 when my first daughter was born.
Truthfully, when I made the decision to leave broadcasting, I really didn't think I'd get the chance to ever get back in front of a microphone. It was hard for me to think about shifting my purpose from entertaining and informing the masses to motherhood, until I realized the job was pretty much the same, except on a much more intimate level.
And so I spent the better part of the next decade having and raising awesome kids.
I made the transition from media personality to homeschooling, stay-at-home mom of 4 with ease, as all I ever wanted to do (aside from work in broadcasting) was to be as hands-on as possible while raising my kids.
And when my last baby was born in 2015, I thought I'd finally figured this thing called life out.
It's funny how life always seems to pull the rug out from underneath you, just when you think you've got it all figured out.
When my husband of 13 years left abruptly, I found myself living in the inside of a tornado, not knowing which way was up.
Doing the best I could to land on my feet, I found myself, after years of being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, suddenly in need of a job.
But I had been out of radio for years. And the industry had changed. Would I fit into the new way of doing things? Would I still be relevant? Could I even manage to form an entire sentence that made sense to adults, after such a long time dealing mainly with kids?
And speaking of kids...how would I manage working when trying to help my kids through this process? It would have to be a pretty extraordinary situation.
As the Universe would have it, and this is where those old sayings come in to play, something bad led to something good; one door closed and another opened.
My old colleague and partner, Chuck Foster, had fallen ill. And I got a call asking if I would be willing to help out in his absence on a temporary basis.
No one could have known that the worst would happen, and what was temporary would become permanent. But it did. And I found myself in the position of filling some legendarily epic shoes.
The timing couldn't have been stranger how it all came to pass. But taking over the afternoons, working with my old family once again--who supported my situation and my new family has been a humbling, inspiring and beautiful experience.
Its has brought this mom, who is just trying to survive like so many other parents out there, a sense of strength and peace.
Not only am I able, once again, to do what I love so much, but I'm able to do it in a way that I can still be there for my kids.
This year my youngest started school.
This year, I've found a way to relate to a new audience, as well as those who used to get my weirdness from before.
This year, I've learned that I've got this. I may not have it all figured out...but I've got it.
And I want to thank my co-workers, the old friends and new ones, for helping me transition back to life behind the microphone.
It feels like I've come back round, full circle. So, that's why I say that this first year has been kind of a big deal.
Thank you all for being a part of my story, and for letting me be a small part of yours...or at the very least, allowing me to provide you with a brief moment of levity in whatever heaviness is going on in your world.
Here's hoping for many more years of fun ahead.
Thanks for tuning in. Together, we've got this.