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New opportunities

by Nikki Montgomery

This morning we announced that I will be moving from the morning show to the midday show. I would like to stress that I am not leaving WDEZ and have no plans to do so. 

After over 9 years on the morning show it was a difficult decision to make, but it was one that somewhere in the back of my head I knew was coming. I have always said the best part of my day is doing the morning show, whether I was working with Lee Peek or Bryan Scott it has always been filled with laughter and fun. I have very much enjoyed working with Bryan over the last two years we've had lots of fun times, some on the air, some at events and some behind the scenes that probably shouldn't be mentioned here. I say this as if I'll never see him again, but when you work this closely with someone it almost feels like a breakup. We'll still get to see each other everyday and we'll work together at events, but our relationship will inevitably change. Just as all things eventually do including myself.

I am a different person today than I was 4 years ago. I had no children and my life revolved around work. Today I have a family, 3 beautiful daughters that I want to spend all my free time with. I want to soak up every moment I can with them, but I'm still devoted to my job just in a different way. This move to 10-2pm Monday through Friday will allow me more time to spend with my family. I'll be there to help my husband get the girls ready in the morning. I'll be able to kiss them goodbye. I'll still be home by the time they get home so we'll get to spend all evening together and I can stay up later at night so my husband and I can have time together after the kids go to bed. I can sleep in later in the morning so those late night feedings won't feel so taxing and I won't have to wake the twins up to feed them before going to work. So this is a good decision for my family as well as my career.

It has been no secret since the day I walked through the door here that I have aspirations to climb the ladder as high as they'll let me. I have had incredible support from my superiors and I appreciate all their help pushing me forward. Not too much before going on Maternity Leave I was given a low level management position at WDEZ so this is another reason for the change. I used to work 5-1pm or 5-2pm depending on the day which didn't allow me much time to work directly with my boss. My new schedule 7-4pm will put me here at the times I need to work more on training and other opportunities that will give me the skills I need to advance my career with this company. Again I stress I have no plans to leave WDEZ.

As much as I will miss the morning show and all of the listeners I've come to know and love I am excited about this new endeavor and I hope you'll all join me 10-2pm Monday through Friday starting Thursday, January 16th. Vanessa will start doing mornings with Bryan on Monday, January 20th.

Thank you for all of your support over the last 9 years and I look forward to continuing our relationship well into the future.