Hanging with the Valley Girls
I had a smile on my face all afternoon on Tuesday. I kept thinking about my morning and how giddy I was to have done something I’d always wanted to do. It didn’t hurt that it happened with one of the funniest women I know. I’ve known Lysa Pelletier-Gibbs for about 10 years. She’s a talented fashion and product stylist and we’ve always wanted to work together. It took us about 9 years, but it finally happened when Lysa joined the team at Merrimack Valley Magazine. Working on editorial was fun, but sitting in as Lysa’s guest on her new radio show took it to an entirely new level.
Lysa and her life-long friend, Leslie Buresh, are the “Valley Girls” at WCCM 1110 Eagle News Radio airing Tuesday’s at 11:00 a.m. They, along with producer Lou Blasi, create a talk show that makes good on the station’s claim as “The Conversation Station.” These ladies know how to talk.
“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” Lysa shared about why she ventured into radio. “I figured radio would be easier than TV (no hair and make-up and I don’t have to hold in my stomach) and I love talking with talented, funny, inspirational people.
I was thrilled to be a “Valley Girl” guest. I’d get to see what goes on behind a broadcast and tell the Eagle News Radio 1110am audience all about 3 Olives & a Twist – Yay me! I just hoped others wouldn’t hate the sound of my voice as much as I do.
Inside the Eagle News Radio Studio
The radio booth was exactly as I imagined it; an intimate space with classic looking microphones, headsets and a control center that Lou manned like the seasoned pro that he is.
I wasn’t nervous, although I thought I should be. I’m a writer after all – there’d be no delete or backspace on my words this time. Lysa and Leslie, however, kept the conversation flowing with ease. And as I always do with Lysa, I giggled at her endless humor. She’s one of those magnetic people that promotes positivity and laughter. In fact, laughter is a tie that bonds Lysa and Leslie.
“Lysa and I’ve been friends for eva,” says Leslie in her signature “Valley Girl” accent. “Since high school we’ve always had a blast. Over the past 5 years, our boys went to high school and played basketball together – we saw each other all the time. Two years ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in October – Lysa was there for us and especially me. She makes me laugh and I make her laugh. So when she asked, how could I not join her on the airways! She’s my best friend–she makes me want to dream again. I’m not quite there; but soon, hopefully, I will dream big for myself and that would make Lysa soooo happy.”
Leslie’s touching words made me even happier that I’d tried something new with such fabulous people. It was so much fun and I hope the folks listening enjoyed it as much as I did. Whenever we got our first caller, Ernie, I almost jumped off my seat. I hope our dating advice gets him a gal!
Lysa was as happy with the show as I was. “Yesterday’s show was EXACTLY what I dreamed it would be,” she said. “Hanging with my bestie (and Lou of course) and having a wonderful guest that I could share with the world (or at least Merrimack Valley).”
Awww, thanks Lysa! The entire experience was hilarious and exciting. If you missed it, here’s the podcast link to my first ever radio spot.
The Podcast – In case you missed it…
Jump to minute 2:01 for the show’s start and minute 14:15 for my first words.
Thank you Lysa, Leslie, Lou and all the Eagle News Radio listeners for an awesome opportunity!