Delilah: Radio Host Talks About Why Her Show is so Successful
Radio personality and Point Hope founder Delilah says she can remember every lyric she's ever heard in her life. "While I'm listening to somebody tell their story," explains Delilah, "they'll say a sentence or a line and that will trigger what song I want to marry with that call."
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Delilah says she's had her iconic radio voice since she was a young child. In junior high, she was in a speech contest where the judges were from the local radio station. They set up a program for Delilah at the radio station, teaching her how to write news and sports and record. After high school, Delilah started working full time in radio.
"I moved a lot. I got fired a lot. I lived in my car on occasions," she says. Delilah did everything from airborne traffic reporting to country music before developing her signature show.
Inspired by the stories listeners would tell her as they made requests, Delilah says, "One night, this light bulb wen off and I hit record." In one rating period, her show went from having no listeners to being the number one radio show at night. Today, "Delilah" is syndicated on over 200 stations nationwide and averages over eight million listeners.
Even though people told Delilah her show would never work, she persevered. She says her show is a reflection of her personality and her conversations with listeners, finding a perfect song for their situation. "People are fascinating," she says. "The stories that tie in with the songs are what makes the show compelling." Delilah knows she's not a psychiatrist or a psychologist, but says her advice comes from being a mom to 13 children and the mistakes she's made in her life.
Recently, Delilah has been using her voice to advocate for adoption with her foundation, Point Hope. Delilah has 10 adopted children and believes that every child needs a family. In a world where children don't often have a voice, Point Hope tries to be a voice for those kids, she says.
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Delilah defines success as being able to sleep at night, "knowing you used the gifts and the talents that God gave you to make the world a better place." Her advice for success is to not give in to fear. She admits bad things will happen in life, but if you hold back because of fear, she says, "You are saying no to living, and yes to dying." Life is short, she states. "Why don't you live today fully?"
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