I've been in the exciting business of radio for more years than I care to admit, and have worked on nearly every format from classic rock to country! My career has only helped to make me a true music lover! When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, puzzles, and baking. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wonderful husband, Bill, and talk via Skype or internet chat with my great son, Dylan, who is serving our country in the greatest Air Force in the world! Shoot me an e-mail or a request anytime!
Iâ€™m Lia. The host. The Facilitator. The sticky substance that holds the stories together with the songs. Iâ€™m the gal who canâ€™t for the life of me keep a secret yet everyone seems to tell me their secrets anyway. I love my job. Iâ€™m happily married to the luckiest guy on earth, Chad. I have 4 kids. All of them smart, spoiled and love country music. In my spare time I play word games, mind games and lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes of peace at least once a day. Hereâ€™s a secret about me: I never talk on the phone when Iâ€™m not at work. That could be because I do it every night for hours. My sisters complain constantly about me never calling them back. Even my husband occasionally goes to voice mail. We have 2 dogs and spend as much spare time as we can on our boat. Even holidays like Christmas and New Years weâ€™re on that boat.
I was born and raised in Kentucky. My mom, a Southern Belle housewife, and my dad, a farmer, bar owner, janitor, banjo picker, had finally had enough kids. I was the last of four and, believe me, I think I was the reason they didn't want anymore! I grew up a small town in Kentucky, with not much to do there but plug my ears while my dad tried to pick his banjo and run through the sprinklers on a hot summer's day. I was definitely a Daddyâ€™s Girl. Even though I hated that banjo, I loved my dad. The hardest thing I ever went through in my life was the death of my dad. I was only fifteen--too much for a young girl to take! When I was a kid Country Music was always around. In the car, in the house, at my dadâ€™s bar. I have to admit most of my teenage years were spent listening to Rock Music. I was a HUGE fan of Pink Floyd. Weâ€™d have music wars in our home with my dad cranking up â€œHe Stopped Loving Her Todayâ€ to dry to drown out my â€œComfortably Numb.â€
I left Kentucky, my family, my friends and my life behind after my dad passed and moved hundreds of miles cross-country to be with my oldest sister, Connie (my role model, best friend and confidante), and her husband. I finished school and moved out on my own at 17. I went off to college with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Purely by accident, I got into Country radio. Believe me when I say that I am sure my dad teamed up with God to make that happen.
As far as this show goes, I just want you to know that we all work very hard each night to put this thing together. I'm so lucky to have such a great team of people to work with.
The Polka Party started more than thirty years ago! When Polka John passed away January 20th of 2013, Wife Delilah and long time Friend of theirs Paul Fisher decided to continue to bring the very best in polka music to their loyal listener base. Not only on the radio but also on the internet! The Polka Party is on the air each and every Sunday from 6pm till 8pm.
2013 National On-Air Personality of the Year, Academy of Country Music Awards
Cody Alan is the Host and Executive Producer of CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan and CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan. Both shows are broadcast on radio stations across America and originate from Nashville as CMT's ultimate radio shows. Cody's wit, energy and charm shine with big star guests and live interaction with listeners. Cody brings fans unprecedented access to all things current in country music and entertainment in an environment that's genuine, unpredictable and fun. Dierks Bentley says, "Cody's show always feels fresh and current. Cody cares about country music's past and future, and has always worked to make his shows exciting, interesting and personal."
Recently named of one "Nashville's Most Beautiful People", Cody is Host of CMT's signature music show, Hot 20 Countdown, seen every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am/10:30c. Cody is also the first face of Country music in the morning on 0 to 60, offering CMT viewers a snapshot of the latest music news every weekday. On weekends, catch Cody hosting #1 Music and a Movie. Cody is a regular columnist in Country Weekly magazine, and was recently the official voice of the CMT Music Awards.
Cody is a respected veteran personality, producer and programmer in the broadcast industry, recently named the 2013 National On-Air Personality of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. After gigs in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Cody made it to the major leagues at age 23 when he landed in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Along the way, Cody has received numerous national awards including DJ of the Year from Country Radio Broadcasters, and 2010 National On Air Personality of the Year at the ACMs. Cody has been honored at the Grand Ole Opry, featured in USA Today and GQ Magazine, and has been a contributor on E!News, CNN HLN and in People Country. As well, Cody was named Radio and Records Music Director of the Year five times, while Billboard magazine and the Radio Music Awards honored him with the annual title as well.
When not on radio or TV, Cody loves working out, running, watching reality shows, superhero movies, listening to all kinds of music, relaxing in the mountains, eating Mexican food and spending time with family and friends.
MY RUN AT CARROLL BROADCASTING, WKJC, BEGAN IN 1992. IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS RADIO HAS CHANGED IMMENSELY. MORE IN TERMS OF THE TECHNOLOGY, BECAUSE THE BASIC PREMISE OF RADIO IS STILL THE SAME, BRINGING YOU ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION, AND ESTABLISHING RELATIONSHIPS. HOW WE DO IT, THAT IS THE PART THAT HAS CHANGED. IN MY LITTLE NICHE WHICH IS THE WORLD OF SPORTS, I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO COVER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL GAMES, LIVE FINISH LINE COVERAGE OF THE AU SABLE RIVER CANOE MARATHON, PLUS THE FANTASTIC PEOPLE I HAVE MET IN THE COMMUNITY, AND OF COURSE, THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH. I HAVE EVEN PICKED UP A FEW MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTER AWARDS ALONG THE WAY. EVEN MET MY WIFE MARIANN ON A LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST. IT'S BEEN A GREAT RIDE, AND I CAN PROBABLY SAY FOR CERTAIN I'M ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. BUT I STILL LOVE WHAT I DO, AND LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING YOU COMPANY FOR AT LEAST A FEW MORE YEARS.
Kevin, a Chicagoan, graduated with a Degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University. He has worked in radio in the Chicago area, Bay City and Saginaw, Michigan. Kevin has worked for WKJC since 1990. He has been married to his wife Christine since 1992 and has two sons William & Bradley.