Delilah, the syndicated radio host who dominates the evening hours on the airwaves, embraced radio when she was a middle-schooler in Reedsport, Oregon, reporting school news and sports on KDUN-AM 1030 (formerly KDUN-AM 1470), a small station in her hometown. Today, her soothing voice, open heart and love of music has expanded her audience from the folks in Reedsport to more than seven million people in more than 200 markets throughout the country.
Delilah airs from 7 p.m. to midnight in each market. Her distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening, and encouragement make her the most listened to woman in radio. Delilah says that her show is a "safety zone where listeners take off their armor, slip into a 'Mr. Rogers' cardigan, sit around the electronic hearth and share their secrets."
She adds that her audience is "just like me and the two women working on the show, who were once listeners. We are single parents who work hard to strike a balance between family and work life. We also enjoy our friendships and remember to laugh as much as possible."
Delilah is a single mother of seven children, four of whom she adopted. Because of her personal experience with the foster care system, Delilah has established a foundation called Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is on refugee children in Ghana and on special needs children in the foster care system nationwide and in her neighborhood of White Center in Seattle.
In addition to a passion for children and radio, Delilah is devoted to music because "it touches the heart the way nothing else can." Her father had a Country-Western band, and her brother played in a Jazz band. Though she writes lyrics, she cannot sing. Delilah says, "I always wanted to be a performer, but I can't sing, dance or act. Luckily, I found I could talk!"
Delilah, like all blue-ribbon radio hosts, loves her work "because it has allowed me to bring together a distinct community of people who reach out to help one another. We don't try to fix people. We listen. We sympathize. We empathize. If the show has a message it's listen to your own gut. Trust your own intuition. Go where it leads. Don't give up."
Daily broadcasts, caring for her children, running a foundation, writing books, traveling and public speaking add up to a very busy life for Delilah. And she wouldn't have it any other way.
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