As the youngest member to hit the airwaves on the "95 KSJ Breakfast Club", I spent my first two years at KSJ pouring coffee and running errands for the staff & occasionally making an on-air appearance or two with Dan & Shelby. Hoping that someday I'd be a part of the number ONE morning show on the Gulfcoast. In 2012 all that pouring coffee paid off, with me joining the Breakfast Club. I fell in love with broadcasting when I was only 7 years old. I said the Pledge of Allegiance with Dan & Shelby (somewhere that audio is still hanging around one of our studios). At 17, I attended a high school leaders community event, that our very own Program Director, Bill Black, was attending. I announced to Bill that I was going to work for him and 95KSJ someday... the rest is history. I'm now 20 and I firmly believe I have the best job EVER, and it keeps getting better everyday. You can catch me stirring up trouble on the 95KSJ Breakfast Club with Dan & Shelby throughout the week!
From time to time I get to side-line report from Jags football games!
Lauren and myself.. Have you seen our interview? If not, http://youtu.be/D-NiX5ajPrg
Hanging with Ann Curry at NBC's Education Nation.... watch out Matt Lauer!
My little Hawaiian sister from another mister, Shelby Mitchell.
In my opinion there aren't enough "role models" out there right now that are actually worth kids looking up to. So with the help of our listeners and my friends I've created this list of "Country Music's Most Influential People". Enjoy!
Though Hayden may play a bad girl on ABC's "Nashville", her real life personality is anything but that. This former child star got her start on television shows like so many others, but the one that she hasn't done is lose her mind like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and plenty others. Hayden is a proud animal activist.
On October 31, 2007, Panettiere joined with The Whaleman Foundation to try to disrupt the annualdolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. She was involved in a confrontation between Japanese fishermen and five other surfers from Australia and the United States (including former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas) of the group. The confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach, after which they left the country. Parts of the confrontation can be seen on the award-winning Sundance Film Festival documentary film, The Cove. The fishermen consider the condemnation as an attack on their culture.
Panettiere told E! News that an arrest warrant has been issued in Japan for her interference in the dolphin hunt, but her claim was later dismissed by the Japanese Fisheries Agency. In November 2007, she was awarded the "Compassion in Action Award" from the animal rights group PETA for her efforts to stop the dolphin hunt in Japan.
8. Thompson Square
Thompson Square are the opitome of what a marriage should be. Fun, loving, and crazy at times. Though they aren't only on the list because they've had a successful marriage, they've also partnered with Child Fund International. A group that helps fund underpriveledged children in other countries. At each concert they even mention their partnership and urge their fans to help sponsor a childs life.
7. Miranda Lambert
It's no secret that Miranda Lambert has a heart for animals. That's why she takes the number 7 spot on the list. Miranda uses her MASSIVE social media presence to help find home for abused and abandoned animals. Don't believe us? Check out her Facebook or Twitter any day of the week. When she's not rescuing animals she's also a pretty savvy business woman with her own boutique in her hometown.
6. LADY ANTEBELLUM
Hilary, Charles, & Davis are one of the hottest trio's in country music... but that's not what puts them at number 6 on the list. Their partnership with the "myLifeSpeaks" charity. They help raise awareness of and help provide facilities for disabled orphans born in Haiti.
5. TIM MCGRAW
As his success has grown, McGraw has become increasingly interested in giving back to the community. When McGraw first reached fame in 1994, he established his annual Swampstock event. It began as a charity softball game to raise money for hometown little league programs; the event now includes a celebrity softball game and a multi-artist concert that attracts over 11,000 fans per year. The combined events have funded new Little League parks and equipment, and have established college scholarship funds for students in the northeast Louisiana area.In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, McGraw and his wife, who was raised in Mississippi, joined groups taking supplies to Gulfport, Mississippi. The two also hosted several charity concerts to benefit those who were displaced by the storm. Later in the year, the couple established the Neighbor's Keeper Foundation, which provides funding for community charities to assist with basic humanitarian services, in the event of a natural disaster, or for desperate personal circumstances.In June 2010, McGraw and his wife Faith Hill organized Nashville Rising, a benefit concert aimed to raise $2 million for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in response to the flood in early May that killed 22 people and caused $2 billion in damage.
4. CARRIE UNDERWOOD
As everyone knows by now... Carrie recently donated 1 Million dollars towards relief efforts in her home state of Oklahoma. Carrie is also a huge animal advocate and shortly after she won American Idol she launched the Checotah Animal, Town, and School foundation. In 2011, her foundation donated $350,000 towards Checotah schools. You can read more of Carrie's "Good Girl" behavior at CarrieUnderwood.com
3. MARTINA MCBRIDE
Martina McBride works with a variety of charities. She is currently the spokeswoman for the National Domestic Violence Hotline as well as for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and national spokeswoman for the Tulsa Domestic Violence and Intervention Services. Every year since 1995, she has hosted Middle Tennessee's YWCA, "Celebrity Auction", and it has raised nearly $400,000 so far. In 2004, she worked with "Kids Wish Network" to fulfill the wish of a young girl dying from Muscular Dystrophy. McBride was awarded the "Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award" in 2003.
McBride explained that educating girls and women on domestic violence is something she works on at home with her own daughters, stating that:
|“||A lot of teenage girls will be first dating and they'll think, 'Oh he doesn't want me to see my friends. He just wants me all to himself. Isn't that sweet?' Or 'Oh, he's just being protective. Isn't that sweet?' And then it turns into something else and it's controlling. They don't recognize that until it's too late. So it's an ongoing education that you have to give young girls, I think."|
2. Kellie Pickler
Let's face it.. Kellie Pickler shaved her entire head in honor of her best friend who was diagnosed with cancer. What a gal. Pickler actively supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she helps raise funds and gives kids special visits. She also participates in charitable events to help raise funds for various organizations. She has performed to help raise funds for the "N.C. Children's PROMISE" to benefit the Children's Hospital on Nov. 12, 2006, to help refurbish theHurricane Katrina-damaged NFL Youth Education Towns Boys & Girls Club of New Orleanson December 16, 2006, visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on January 12, 2007, and visited Pennington Elementary School on February 1, 2007. “When you’re able to give back to your communities and organizations like St. Jude, it’s a great thing,” Pickler said. “It’s been a great experience, and I encourage anyone and everyone to help.”
1. TAYLOR SWIFT
I don't care what anyone has to say.. she's got style and class. And she's never been arrested for a DUI. Taylor takes the top spot on our list.. check out her philanthropic work:
Swift's philanthropic efforts have been recognized by the Do Something Awards,The Giving Back Fund and the Tennessee Disaster Services. In 2012, Michelle Obama presented Swift with The Big Help Award for her "dedication to helping others" and "inspiring others through action".Also that year, Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rightspresented Swift with the Ripple of Hope Award because of her "dedication to advocacy at such a young age ... Taylor is just the kind of woman we want our daughters to be."
Swift is a supporter of arts education. In 2010, she donated $75,000 to Nashville's Hendersonville High School to help refurbish the school auditorium's sound and lighting systems. In 2012, she pledged $4 million to fund the building of a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.The 7,500-square-foot building is scheduled to open in 2014 and will facilitate new programs and workshops for teenagers and senior citizens.The space will include three classrooms and an exhibit space, and will house interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a "wet" classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects. Museum officials have decided to name it The Taylor Swift Education Center and the singer will be involved in an advisory capacity.She also donated $250,000 to Alabama football coach Nick Saban's charity, Nick's Kids, to aid in the tornado relief efforts of West Alabama.