Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2018 23 She pops on the headset, releases the red "AUTO ON" button, and forgoes the high- off-the-ground swivel chair in front of the control panel, preferring to stand. "It keeps the energy level up," she said. And there's no lack of energy in omas, who drives a 2012 black Jeep Wrangler to work ("She's my baby.") and then let's out a succession of tunes interspersed with pithy commentary, at one point lamenting a bout of rainy days. "We're going to mold after a while," she says on air. Yes, she's back. e long-ago host of the "Mike & Morgan" show on WQDR 94.7 FM and the "Morgan and Mad Dog Show" in 96.1's earlier incarnation as WKIX has been back at her Raleigh digs for seven months now after a lengthy hiatus at KSON- FM in San Diego. "Raleigh's home for me," she said of her return. "I knew what the beltline was. I knew what I-40 was." And this on-air personality — whose home life includes growing green peppers, tomatoes, and squash in garden containers — even grew up here, going to Needham Broughton High and earning her on-air stripes at N.C. State's WKNC. And as such, having that inaugural expe- rience at a concert as a high school sopho- more, seeing e Beach Boys and Bonnie Raitt at the Apple Chill Festival in Chapel Hill and in the process running into a teacher who was, as she said, "three sheets to the wind." "e concerts. Oh, my gosh," she said of those days. Summertime at hand, omas put her mind to the tunes of the season, coming up with a Top 10 that even includes Kid Rock's sometimes maligned "All Summer Long." "He's like my guilty pleasure," said om- as, who once saw Kid Rock open for those "bad boys from Boston," Aerosmith. "It was loud. ere were women on poles, and there was fog." As for her selection of 2013's "Blurred Lines" by Robin icke with Pharrell, she had this to say: "It was huge over a whole summer. … It just gives me the vibe." e list — deemed in no particular order — might raise a few eyebrows, given it is missing the likes of Bryan Adams 1985 hit "Summer of '69," and Bon Jovi's 1986 classic "Livin' on a Prayer." But omas says not to read too much into those Top 10 MIAs. "My musical tastes are alllll over the map," she said. "If you shuffled my phone, you'd find AC/DC back to back with James Taylor, Imagine Dragons, 80's REM next to Metallica and Dan Fogelberg. I like to think of it as eclectic!" As for the studio's string of holiday lights, those, it turns out, were the handiwork of Kitty Kinnin, the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BBB host, omas said, as is the studio's plaid doggy bed, sometimes home for Kinnin's black lab, Bella. Yet a move is at hand. A new, larger 96.1 studio for the on-air talents is in the works just down the hall. And a chance for a little more beach music for this one-time teenager who "always" went to Carolina Beach and still enjoys the waves but not always the sun's rays. "A pale red-haired woman," she said of the exposure. I t's 7:08 a.m. in the control booth, a strand of holiday lights still dangling off a wall, and 1981's "Jennie" kicks on the air, with singer Tommy Tutone proclaiming his longing "for a good time" simply by calling "Eight six seven five three oh nine." In the sound booth, Morgan omas — with her "trusty cup of Joe" — is busy doling out her own good time these days as the host of the 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot on WBBB 96.1 FM's "Morning with Morgan" program. Summertime with Morgan The 96.1 BBB host has her seasonal favorites PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE The day's song list, at the press of a button. No LPs in 2018. Check out Morgan's Top 10 Summer Songs on the next two pages.

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