Hometown: Marion, North Carolina
My down time: I’m a huge fan of running. In fact, I listen to the Rocky soundtrack to get me in the zone when I’m working out. If you see me listening to my Ipod in a 5k race then odds are Sly Stallone is on my mind….”Yo Courtney!”
Favorite Movies: Jaws (and I must confess I own all the ridiculous sequels.)
Favorite Actor: Russell Crowe
Favorite Actress: Kate Winslet
Obsessions: I have way too many to list, but I have an incredible love for coffee, and thank goodness Augusta has a Starbucks. Where I’m from, there’s not one for 30 miles…I probably watch way too much E! News, Entertainment Tonight, and TMZ. Celebrities are always into something, even if it’s trouble, it only adds to the fun of my job. Oh, and I have an incredible sweet tooth. It’s hard for me to turn down a roll of cookie dough, so don’t tempt me.
Best Radio Interview: I had an opportunity to interview Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey on the hit ABC show. She’s a good-hearted soul, who we might see take the director’s seat more.
Music: I come from parents who blasted Carole King, Billy Joel, and John Denver through the house. So, I’m still hooked to the great sounds of the seventies, and especially the eighties. At my old college radio station, I had a specialty program called “Back to the 80’s,” and every Thursday night at eight o’clock, I would play the best of Billboards hits during that era. From Madonna and Tiffany to Bon Jovi and Ah-Ha, that was the music of my youth and it’s still some of the best.
Pets: I want a Chow Chow puppy. Martha Stewart has one, and they are adorable. They almost look like bears they’re so furry. It would be great to get four and name them after my favorite show: Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine
Who I’d like to meet: Rainn Wilson from The Office. I think every office/business could use a Dwight Schrute in their lives. There would never be a dull moment at work, and you’d always be laughing.
Quote of my life: "You just have to decide if you're a Tigger or an Eeyore. I think I'm clear where I stand on the great Tigger/Eeyore debate. Never lose the childlike wonder. It's just too important. It's what drives us." -Randy Pausch Author of The Last Lecture
Is there a 'How to' guide for NYC? Haha, some things I may have needed a little help with, like the whole subway thing, and negotiating merchandise in Chinatown. So much fun learning the system though. One of my friends from NC lives up there, and invited me to spend New Year's with her. I hitched a ride and arrived New Year's Eve at Laguardia then hailed a taxi (first time doing that, haha) to her apartment in Manhattan. Was I scared? Yeah, but I told myself, "Courtney, you're on an adventure, go get lost and explore...just have your mace on standby."
It was a good time though. I had a chance to see Time Square, even got interviewed by Fox 5 NYC. They asked me what the New Year would bring me, I said L-O-V-E. Haha, always optimistic about that one...I was thrilled the city still had their Christmas lights up everywhere...Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, the Empire State Building. So beautiful!
Of all the sites though, my favorite destination was eating at a place called Tom's Restaurant which was always featured as the hangout in Seinfeld. In the show it was called "Monk's Cafe." Inside there was Seinfeld memoribilia all over the walls, so cool for a big fan like me.
NYC Firefighter's...they let us come in and have cheesecake with them.
Photos by Me, Courtney Starr