New Jersey native Heather Davis signs on Monday as the new midday host on WJYE-FM 96.1. She rolled into town Thursday with her dog, Shadow, from Raleigh, N.C., where she recently worked as a promotions director for oldies station WKIX-FM 102.9
“We’re looking to do some fun stuff at noon, a nice lunchtime feature,” said Joseph Bonacci, station program director. “Heather will connect great with the listeners. Being from New Jersey, Heather gets the Northeast lifestyle.”
Davis, 34, worked mornings for three years on WRNS-FM 95.1 in the Greenville/New Bern/Jacksonville area of North Carolina. She left the country station in late August.
“They were making some changes and I was the change,” said Davis.
While a history student at North Carolina State University, Davis said, “I did one shift on the college radio station.” That’s all it took for her to be hooked on broadcasting. A production job followed at a small AM station, where she worked Carolina Hurricane hockey games. Her first full-time radio job was as a midday jock on WRHD-FM 103.7 “Thunder Country” in Morehead City, N.C.
“Country is a very loyal audience. I like country, but WJYE’s music is more what I listen to when I’m at home or driving in the car,” Davis said during a phone interview.
“I like pop culture, too,” she said, “and I’ll love talking to people about the new place where I’ll be living.”
Not knowing the city made locating an apartment complicated, said Davis, who ended up renting a place sight unseen.
“My biggest problem is that I have a 2-year-old mutt,” she said. “I love him to death, but he’s just over the 20-pound limit, so finding a place to live was unfortunately kind of a challenge.”
Davis is the second recent hire at WJYE. Laura Daniels, 37, started WJYE’s morning drive slot in November. Station general manager Richard Chiaino is searching for a morning co-host to team with Daniels.