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For Your
Listening
Pleasure
When it comes to what readers are
listening to on the radio, the results
are clear: The Mornin' Thang is the
most popular show on air in our region.
K92 received Platinum for "Best Radio
Station," while The Mornin' Thang won
Platinum for "Most Fun Show on the
Radio." Hosted by Zack Jackson, Monica
Brooks and newcomer Antoine Terrell,
their laidback, funny personalities,
tight friendship and relationships with
listeners define their show.
Jackson has been with the show for
17 years this August, and enjoys the
creative output that connects them to
the community. They're passionate not
only about their careers, but about their
listeners.
"Monica and I have been doing the
show for a long time together," he says.
"We like making that connection with
people, being part of their day or the
laugh that some people desperately
need. There's always someone who
might be going through a bad day and we
get to be there to help pick them up or
be part of their everyday routine. To be
able to impact lives, it's a big deal to us."
Jackson says they are "very
grateful" that listeners connect with
them and care enough to reward
them with accolades such as the
"Best of Roanoke" reader awards.
With the multitudes of entertainment
competition immediately available
to people, the fact they still want The
Mornin' Thang team to be part of their
day is not lost on Jackson.
"We're very grateful that people
connect with what we do. If it's 3:30
in the morning and I'm tired, knowing
there are people out there relying on us
gets me up and moving. What hits home
for me is when we hear from people in
the military who are serving overseas;
they listen to us online specifically
because it's their connection to home."
Originally from Massachusetts,
Jackson has now lived in Roanoke for
17 years. He and his wife are excited to
raise their family here. "I have no desire
to be anywhere else," he says. "This is
my home, and it's a great place with
community and everything the area has
to offer."
When he isn't on the radio, Jackson,
a self-proclaimed "nitpicky food snob,"
enjoys cooking at home. You might also
see this local celebrity trying out a new
restaurant or enjoying a Salem Red Sox
ballgame.
The Mornin' Thang team thanks
readers for their recognition in the
2019 Best of Roanoke awards. "To be
chosen by people, it is significant to
us," Jackson says. "It means a lot to me
that people enjoy what we do and I'm
grateful for it always."
-LIZ LONG
TheRoanoker.com

MAY/JUNE 2019

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