Whitney Allen has traveled from Eureka to The Big Time–now a finalist for the Radio Hall of Fame
Whitney Allen knew what she wanted to be as a five-year-old girl–wanting a career in radio but not to sound like the woman who would try to steal your boyfriend. With a start in Eureka, Allen has endured the bumps and bruises of the business to become the host of the nationally syndicated The Big Time with Whitney Allen. Over the years, she’s navigated between Top 40 and country, not derailed by termination but strengthened by determination to become a force in country music radio. The ride has taken her beyond anything she could imagine and is a one of four finalists in her category for the Radio Hall of Fame, receiving endorsements from the biggest names in the business, including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. During her chat with Dave, Whitney snippets from some of her favorite interviews. She thanks her support staff for being the glue to the show and what she thinks has been the key to her success. Whitney shares her love of animals and how surviving the Woolsey fired strengthened her attitude of gratitude that has been fortified in the nomination process.
From Eureka to the Big Time: Whitney Allen on the Cusp of the Radio Hall of Fame
"It's been really hard for me to say, 'Put me in the Radio Hall of Fame' because I want to take all these guys with me...we're a small company. There's four of us. That's it. We have to do every little thing and there's no way I could even do one of their jobs. They have everything ready for me when it's time to go on the radio. The thought of doing it without them is not even possible."
"I went to the Netflix office, had on my suit and the receptionist said 'Good morning' and I just walked right past her like I was supposed to be there. And then I got to the elevator and I'm like 'I got this far. Now I gotta go talk to somebody.' So I asked some woman, 'Who do you talk to about getting a film distributed. I just made a movie.' She said, 'Okay, let me get back to you, sir.' And she goes in the elevator. I didn't know what floor to go to. Then security comes down and escorts me out of there...so driving back I felt good because at least I tried. I had confidence enough in myself to think if I could have got past that door, if somebody saw my movie, it would have been picked up.'
They have those amazing muscles on their bodies and they look fantastic but is that attainable for the regular person? I don't believe so. They train like animals and have to have real restrictive diets to be in that shape and form. And it's for a temporary basis. Very few competitors on that level maintain that body year round. And that's not regular person. I"m the regular person. I'm the person next door who lives the lifestyle. I'm not here to tell you how to build a muscular body or this body that's going to be as hard as steel. No, I'm just a woman who's almost 50, who's learned to live a healthy balance. And I incorporate mental health, physical health, emotional health and spiritual health into my whole composition of helping people."
"People think I care about these issues because I have a black husband or a biracial son and I tell people, actually, the time it impacted me most closely was coaching a mostly black team at Cal and seeing the world through their eyes and the experiences they went through. We flew commercial and would be going through security and inevitably someone would get stopped and searched. And it wasn't me...ever. And watching the way some commentators and fans talked about these women you and I knew so intimately, it was hurtful sometimes to hear some of the language used."