They say that it will happen when you least expect it. I knew that was true when it came to my romantic life..but I didn’t know that it would also turn out to be true for my professional one as well.
As many of you know, I’ve been looking for a co-host for a long time. A search that has literally spanned the entire country. Although I met some very talented broadcasters and even started a few friendships along the way, the right match for me and more importantly, for you, seemed to be alluding us.
There were many times that I compared the search for a new co-host to dating before I eventually found my Babe. Some connections were instant but the spark died quickly…some of the guys I auditioned with were tremendously talented and on paper seemed perfect but for reasons you couldn’t put your finger on…just weren’t the right match….and others…it was obvious from the get-go that it wasn’t quite right. I got along well with all of them…but there’s another level of “getting along” that you need to have in this kind of relationship for it to be successful…and just like my search for love five years ago…it’s very hard to find…it’s rare..but beautiful when you do.
By the time we arrived at January of 2016, I was resigned to the fact that it may be a long time before we found the best person for the job and settled in for the long haul. Lisa O’Hara generously agreed to join me for a few hours every morning to keep me company until we decided which direction we were going in. The minute she joined the show, I felt like a load had been lifted off…I knew I liked her around the halls but upon getting to know her…she became a real friend and confidante…we had the BEST time together…shared A LOT of laughs… and even though she has gone back to rocking her original midday show…I still really miss having her there. We both do.
So back to January…we had to put the co-host search aside for a minute because we had a trip to Jamaica to get ready for and another big seat to fill. The one on the plane next to me. Sandals was expecting me AND a co-host to broadcast live from Jamaica..they had purchased the seat on the plane and come hell nor high water…the timing didn’t work out for Lisa so we had to find someone to go. Easy right? Not so fast.
I never imagined that it would be that hard to find someone to go to Jamaica for a week. Literally everyone I asked couldn’t go for one reason or another…literally everyone. It was almost comical. The deadline was fast approaching for us to hand in a name and we had no one. Flash forward to two days before we were leaving….we were getting desperate…when my Babe suggested the funny guy that always hosts our office Christmas parties… Matt McLean from our sister station in Collingwood. I’d known of him for years but hadn’t worked with him that much .. I wasn’t sure if it was an option…so I didn’t mention it.
One day to go before the deadline..Liz from promotions suggested Matt again during one of our meetings. Literally the last person with a pulse that we hadn’t asked…we hemmed and hawwed…not because we didn’t have faith in him…but because we didn’t know how it would go on the air for a week with someone I barely knew at all…then we decided to go for it. It’s just a week..how bad could it be?
Well it turned out that it wasn’t bad at all…it turned out that I absolutely loved him…both on the air and off. It was an instant click..I just knew. Just like with Babe. THIS is what co-hosting should be like. So much fun that I don’t want it to end…laughing until my sides and yours hurt…and most importantly…feeling like I’m not alone…we’re a team…in this radio thing together.
After day one, I remember turning to him and asking him why he hadn’t put his name in for the co-host job. He was just so natural at it. He said he hadn’t even considered it… he loved his job and was happy in Collingwood. By Wednesday…he had changed his mind..wanted the job and spent the next few months making it his mission to get it.
I’m happy to report that his efforts were successful…welcome to Fresh Mornings with Matt and Tara! It’s literally been the worst kept secret but I wanted to welcome my Boo officially. I can’t wait for you to get to know him…he’s a big kid but just a wonderful person with a heart bigger than Texas.
When Jamie left, I remember writing a blog about what I was looking for in a co-host. I said at the time that it was really simple.. I just wanted to laugh…really laugh…that was it. Well I am laughing…all of the time…and it feels good:)