Local radio host thanks her listeners
It’s been two weeks since the microphone was turned off on The Susan Monday Show. I know it must be confusing for you to turn on your radio and find your listening routine upset and your favorite program gone. It’s like having a good friend leave town with no explanation and no forwarding address.
Now I want to properly say goodbye to an audience with whom I’ve had a daily relationship for seven years.
I came to Sussex County from the Philadelphia suburbs. Delaware 105.9 was a brand-new station, and I had to grow my audience one person at a time. And at times, it was challenging. I could imagine people saying: Here comes this city slicker who doesn’t like guns, doesn’t understand chicken farming, and thinks she can tell us what to think.
I worked hard to earn your respect and to keep the conversation civil. Not an easy task, because I never shied away from tough topics like race, police brutality, LGBTQ issues, censorship and immigration.
Your voices are what will remain with me. Your stories and your opinions are what made the show. I was just the conductor. The memories of all the characters who regularly called the show will especially stick with me: Kathy from Lewes, Undocumented Z, Dan the Cannabis Man, Sheri from Smyrna, Smeltman, Kasey from Selbyville, and Truck Driver Michael, just to name a few.
I want you to know I learned a lot from you. And, despite our differences, we managed to have a civil discussion on the big (and small) issues of the day. You made me laugh, you made me cry, and most importantly, you made me think. The wannabe DJ in me loved playing music on the show, and there’s a line from a favorite song of mine by Simon & Garfunkel that captures how I feel right now. It’s from “The Boxer”: “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains.”