The Magical Art of Loss

March 9, 2015

For days I’ve been haunted by the words “job loss.” Two words, seven letters, 16 points when played illegally in Scrabble. The words “job” and “loss” are easily comprehensible terms individually. Combined they are nearly impossible to define. Job loss implies casualty, but since bereavement is felt uniquely by everyone, a simple universal definition does not exist. Like all major losses we can theorize, predict, and even anticipate the occurrence. Yet we are never truly ready for it to happen.

I was embarrassingly unprepared for such a loss when my boss beckoned me to his office late one Friday, and three minutes later I left unemployed. BAM. Instantly my job was gone, a priceless valuable disappeared. It felt like a cruel display of magic in which I was an unknowing participant. I knew I worked with some incredibly gifted illusionists.ย I just never imagined I’d be a subject for demonstration.

After all, I spent four years working beside them as their trusty assistant. A less glamorous position than most, but one I genuinely loved. I worked hard to make sure star performances went off seamlessly. Saw me in half, light me on fire, chain me to a tiger, anything for the cause. We were a team and that meant sacrificing privacy, dignity, even ethics for the act. Imagine starting out as street performers together, with an audience you can count on one hand. But slowly, with creativity and hard work you build a reputation. You start booking venues, touring fairs, and finally, years later you’ve become the #1 show in your area, selling out arenas. All your sacrifices have finally paid off – your moments of humiliation, back-breaking labor, all those backstage tears. But before you can really celebrate your success, you are blindsided by the greatest magic trick of all. One four years in the making. You’re back to performing on the street, but this time you’re on your own.

When I became unemployed it was not the loss of my position, income, or even my sense of security that I felt most acutely. It was the abrupt and painful realization that I was never a member of the magical family I adored. My membership was an illusion. And since good magicians never reveal their secrets, I will never know how/why this trick was performed. I was just left with the words, “going in a different direction” which baffled me… How can family change course?

Initially I felt the loss of my job was criminal; that I was the victim of expertly executed thievery. I half-expected a police officer to arrive and take my statement as I packed up my desk and turned in my keys, someone to assuage my frustration with the promise of justice for the perpetrators. I realize though that my theory of the crime relies heavily on wizardry (metaphorical or real), a fact which would likely work against me in traditional judicial systems. Besides, no amount of testimony could adequately describe what was stolen from me. My loss deifies the assignment of monetary value, there are no reparations that could suffice. And before you ask, no amount of Abracadabras, bunnies in white hats or Hogwarts spell-casting knowledge can retrieve it either. I’ve tried.

I’m still coming to terms with the extent of my loss. I wish I could say I had been brave enough to discern a silver lining instantly and independently, but that’s simply not true. Really it was the incredible support of family, friends, peers, even strangers that helped me see spot a glimmer of shine. Their kind words were like military-grade binoculars, thrown to me amidst the devastation of a torrential downpour.

Thanks to your kindness, I am able to view my experience now in a brighter, more silver-lined light. It was both necessary and therapeutic for me write out my feelings and express my heartbreak, but I also take full-responsibility for the outcome. I have this incredible career by choice. I pursued work in an industry where creative rewards are balanced by cutthroat tendencies, knowing full-well the risks. I am insanely grateful for the opportunity to work for the company/station/show/individuals I did, and for that I thank everyone I ever worked with, regardless of the ending. I am infinitely grateful.

Now it would be dishonest to wrap everything up in a tidy bow, to say I’m not constantly terrified at the prospect of what’s next. Every morning now when my alarm goes off, I lay in bed motionless; a victim of fear-induced paralysis. I think about heading out into the world with no set plan, no meticulous to-do list, and a giant question mark tagging along everywhere I go. It’s almost enough to make me roll over and capitulate before my feet touch the floor. What saves me from a continuous coma is the small hope I have to once again be magical. Granted I’m performing on the street for whoever will watch. But I’m constantly inspired and most importantly, I’m happy. I go to work everyday (currently my home office/couch) with the opportunity to create the kind of art, humor and positivity I’ve always wanted. In that respect, the loss I’m now grieving is minimal. The gain, the possibilities, the hope I now have? Magically endless.

ย Thank you to everyone who believes I’ve still got the spark.

Love Always,

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55 Comments

  • Reply Cassandra York March 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This was well written, and honest but with class. Sorry everything happened the way it did! You will absolutely find another opportunity to shine. I’ll miss ya on the radio.

    • Reply Lydia March 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Sweet Cassandra, thank you. You wrote the book on class, so it means a lot to hear you say that. Thank you so much for words your kind words of encouragement! Strong women supporting each other is truly a beautiful thing – I’m always in your corner if you need me too.

      • Reply Tiffany March 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        So well written! You are a true class act. I think my words would have caused me to have to add to my swear jar! It’s hard to listen in the mornings without hearing you. Good luck with everything! You have such a positive outlook and love of life you are going to be just fine!!

        • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

          Tiffany girl, you’re amazing. I still have a swear jar, it’s just too full at the moment. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m beyond f***ing grateful. <3

  • Reply Stranger non-danger March 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    From a caring stranger: I have to say that that was the most surprising news of all, I suppose not especially though knowing how smarmy an aforementioned “boss” seemed to those on the inside. I’m sure they had their reasons, but such is this life, and such is karma. You are sharp as a tack and will land on your feet. It wasn’t and never will be a place for producing meaningful content, so go somewhere better. This is a good thing, you have talent and wit that cannot be replicated, so if not appreciated you take that where it’s an invaluable requirement. Best of luck.

    • Reply Lydia March 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much my friend! You’re definitely right about the pursuit of meaningful content – now is my opportunity. Thanks for making me feel like my unique combination of personality, humor and hard work is invaluable. I’ll definitely hold on to that when I feel like I won’t land on my feet. So nice of you to take the time and reach out my friend! PS. Strangers with non-danger are my favorite type of strangers, btw.

  • Reply Lilli March 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    The show is honestly not the same without you. You are so funny, your remarks clever, and personality seemed so engaging. I didn’t think I could care this much about what happened on a radio show, but honestly, they were dum-dums to lose you. I will instead follow you on your blog and hope you find even greater opportunities, which I’m sure you will! Best of luck Lydia Cruz!

    • Reply Lydia March 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you Lilli! I wish them all the best, but I’m definitely excited to find those even greater opportunities. Thank you for the incredibly flattering compliments – being called “funny” is like winning the lotto for me. It’s truly amazing to hear from friends like you. Yeah, we’re friends now, you’re stuck with me.

      • Reply Lilli March 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Whoa I can’t believe you actually responded, you’re a local celebrity to me and this is kind of a big deal haha. I hope you’re able to pursue a career that allows your funniness to shine!
        I really look forward to seeing what great things you do next.

        • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

          Lilli! I’m less of a local celebrity and more of someone who has embarrassed herself publicly for years. Thank you for the positive push forward, and for having faith I can do something magical!

  • Reply Jayme Nash March 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I wont pretend to know what its like to lose something like that. But I do know that you will be missed in more than my morning commute. I don’t know how the dynamic will be the same without you. But your so funny, witty and talented I can’t possibly believe that I’m done hearing Lydia Cruz. Now is your chance to create your own magic. I truly hope the best for you. Keep smiling, and don’t let the fear of the unknown turn you against your playful heart.

    Jamie

    • Reply Lydia March 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      This fills me with so much hope Jayme! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for having faith in the possibility of hearing me out there once again, and the belief I can make it happen. Thank you for making a place in the world for playful hearts like ours <3

  • Reply Kathryn Warma March 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Lovely Lydia,
    You’ve given a personal voice to experiences that have been faced – are faced – daily, by others. That’s a gift to us all! Thank you for that labor of love, which certainly must have been at a cost of some pain.
    I look forward to hearing more of this voice from a witty, strong, and sensitive young woman. Make us laugh – and okay – cry sometimes too! You are now free to grow and speak in your own way – and I think that there will be many of us who want to hear what you have to say! Please, keep on talking!

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Love love love you Mom. You’re my inspiration for everything.

  • Reply Tavia Anderson March 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    There is an emptiness, now that you are gone, that I can’t imagine them filling the same way! I could be blunt and harsh about this horrible decision they’ve made, however, this isn’t about them. This is about showing you the love and support you deserve! You, my dear, are the one I’ve felt the most in common with. Your wit, charm and sense of humor always made me smile. You have real talent and I, too, look so forward to seeing where you go from here, for I know it will be up and high above the clouds! Please keep us all posted so that we can remain a part of your successes! Much love from a twin soul!

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Tavia, thank you so much for the genuine compliments and kindness. I love that I have a twin soul out there – a personality doppelganger. You’re forced to laugh at my mediocre jokes or silly one-liners! It also means I’m here for you twin, if ever you should need it.

      xoxo Lydia

  • Reply Chris March 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I believe in you as do so many others. I know that doesn’t mean a lot coming from a fan and a stranger but it is true. In your blog here I have seen you take some beautiful pictures and you obviously have a love for beauty and a deft hand at photography. I have been a professional photographer a few times in my life so if you would like i can provide some direction. Also if you are interested I would be happy to show you some things. My friend is planning some shoots soon so let me know. Keep your head up kiddo and expand your family.

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Chris! Thank you so much. It DOES mean a lot coming from a stranger. In fact, it almost means more because my amazing friends and family are bias. They’re forced to support me because I know where they live. I always love to learn and love to hear advice from people more skilled than myself (aka you). Email me anytime at thelydiacruz@gmail.com! Thank you again, for all the kind words and support. Also, you’re not officially in my expanded family. You have no choice.

  • Reply phillip pel March 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Know that I understand that everything is like an illusion and it feels unreal but know ur presence on the radio did more in peoples lives than just the radio, u were real and wasn’t scared to put itself out their. U have support from all and u are loved keep ur head up and ur in my prayers, sweet Lydia god bless

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Phillip! It’s definitely been an emotional roller coaster. The kind that you throw up on about 2 seconds in and don’t really enjoy at all. I so appreciate your words of support! I’m so glad I could make a difference out there through the airwaves – however small.

      <3 Lydia

  • Reply Eric March 10, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Lydia,

    There has never been a more classy way to bow out and stay strong. YOU are the reason the smile is on my face right now! All the good in life will find you and keep one thing in mind ……with out the rain , there would be no rainbow.

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Eric!

      You are so wonderful, thank you. These are incredible compliments. I will continue my endeavor to deserve them! I want to live my life as a classy rainbow. You’re incredible – thanks for letting me inspire a smile.

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Lydia

  • Reply Kevin March 10, 2015 at 11:34 am

    After being away for a few days, I returned and wondered where you went. Then I read the news on twitter. I could immediately relate after going through a very similar situation, although my boss decided to wait until he was on a cruise with his wife and had someone else tell me. Looking back it was a defining moment. It took 3 months to fully overcome and find the silver lining. But today, I would do it all over again to get where I am today. I wish you the best and others are right, the show is not the same without you. When you were the co-host, & the co-host was on leave, I thought the show vastly improved and felt very fresh, too bad they didnโ€™t see that. I wish you the best and know you will do amazing things Lydia.

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Kevin, I’m so incredibly sorry. I hate that so many people have experienced something similarly heartbreaking and painful. I’m only glad that this means we’re not alone, we’re a community in fact. We can be there to support one another and offer kind words like this. I’ve got your back by the way, whenever you need it. I’m an EXCELLENT cheerleader, although I have no formal training.

      I believe in karma, and the power each of us have in defining our future. We put positive energy out into the world and share it with others, and that will always be rewarded in kind. Even when things happen that are out of our control – things that shatter our sense of security and faith in (a few, negative) people – the kind of positive energy we have will not only ensure we land on our feet, but far beyond where we were before. Thank you for all the support and encouragement my friend! I’m here for you too!!

      – Lydia

  • Reply Sarah Swain March 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Lyds! I’m so sorry to hear/read all of this. Be strong and stay confident. Its all one big adventure and I’m sure amazing things are going to happen for you. This loss has opened a door for you to start a new journey. This was beautifully written btw. Good way to put your thoughts out there without bashing everyone in the process. I’m sure its hard especially when you feel betrayed. Way to stand up and rise above lady. Love ya!

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Sarah! You are such a model of strength, perseverance and success. I love your approach to life – it truly is one big adventure. At times it’s unnecessarily terrifying in my opinion. I didn’t think I signed up for a Goosebumps novel. Then again, how would we ever know our capacity for courage unless it was first tested. Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given me along the way; I’m grateful to call you my friend.

      Always love, Lydia

  • Reply Angela March 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I already miss your voice and wit on the radio. Thank you for being so brave in sharing this post. Your writing is wonderful, and as a fellow blogger I’m inspired by your talent, courage, and sincerity. I love what you brought to the radio show, and now I will enjoy your humor and talent through your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Lydia March 18, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Angela! You took the words right out of my mouth – I’m inspired by your creativity, bravery and kindness. Not only in what you do on your blog, but in reaching out to a relative stranger to offer encouragement. It means more than I can say. Thank you my friend!

      An avid new reader, Lydia

  • Reply Katie Fortenbacher March 11, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    To a great radio personality!

    Your fans were shocked and disappointed that this happened to you. I don’t even listen to the show anymore. Am so sorry this happened to you. It’s hard to be let go from something you obviously care so deeply about.

    I look forward to reading about new opportunities coming to you. I say this with confidence due to the facts that you’re a hard worker, skillful, entertaining, and funny beyond the wazoo!

    Don’t give up! Your talents far surpass this road block temporarily placed in front of you, and I, as well as other fellow fans, know that once you climb this road block, you’ll easily, and stylishly, land on your feet. Head held high, you will go on to better things!

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Katie my girl! You are such a rockstar. I can’t adequately give thanks for your support – for your relentless presence in my corner. At this point it’s like we’ve fought through six Rocky movies together…. and won. I can’t wait to take on the next challenge knowing you’re out there somewhere holding a sign for me. Just know, I would do it for you too in a heartbeat.

      • Reply Katie Fortenbacher April 2, 2015 at 2:51 am

        Wow! You actually responded! Even more reasons why we fans support you! Thanks for responding! I’m enjoying the tweets and your new podcast!

  • Reply The Chad March 12, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Sad day for listeners, a blessing in disguise for yourself. Your wit and charm balanced the show well but as the motto went – try just hard enough. Now is the time to surround yourself with greatness and achieve the level of your potential.

    Today I will tip a 40oz for the radio homie. I’ll miss the chance to share geek humor but I’m always happy to provide music. For now, I hear the fat lady singing. Be well and I bid you adieu.

    THE CHAD

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      The Chad, you made my day-to-day radio life exponentially more fun. That’s not the fat lady you hear singing, it’s Katy Perry’s golden vocals. And those big, big, big balloons are just getting started. You’re the best!

    • Reply Katie Fortenbacher April 2, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Wow! You actually responded! Even more reasons why we fans support you! Thanks for responding! I’m enjoying the tweets and your new podcast!

  • Reply Desiree March 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Ugh Lydia, I am truly so sorry that this happened to you. I’ve had this abrupt unemployment happen to me twice, and both times I felt AWESOME about the place I was in career-wise – growing, learning, successful, and then BAM! see ya later. It’s a really crappy, pukey feeling and I feel awful for the pain you’re experiencing (I hate it when people say they feel sorry for me, so I won’t do that to you :)). But girl, you are amazing & you will find even greater success – & when they see that, they will realize what morons they are for losing you. After listening to the show for almost 4 years and corresponding on Instagram several times, you start to feel like you “know” someone lol so I just know you’ll come out of this even better off & stronger! Chin up, smile, & as cliche as it sounds, everything definitely happens for a reason, so it’s time to find out what that reason is! Best of luck, girl!

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Sweet Desiree!! You my friend, are incredible. I can’t believe you’ve stuck through our shenanigans for so many years – thank you. I promise not to feel sorry for you either! I’ll just say that I’m in awe of your resiliency and strength. Even though I’m hurt by how things unfolded, I’m also grateful. So many doors have opened – creatively unlimited ones. My favorite part of radio is connecting with amazing people like you on a daily basis and I still get to do that! On my own terms. Thank you for being in my corner for so long. It truly means the world!

  • Reply Tara Williams March 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Sweet Lydia,
    I, along with thosands, was shocked to hear about your job loss. This happened to me once, completely out of the blue. I was dumbfounded and in shock for a good week or so. I had to swallow my pride and take jobs to make ends meet in order to keep my home. It was a humbling experience, but in that time I got to be my own boss. After a year of that, I knew I needed to get back to the corporate world and receive benefits and get back being managed. That was 5 and a half years ago. I’ve worked my was a back up and have the best job I’ve ever had.
    Good things can come from bad, although it can sometimes be hard to imagine. You will one day look back and realize that job just was avast meant to be for you because there is greatness out there for you, waiting for you to find it.
    I adore you and am happy we’ve had the opportunity to volunteer together and hang out. I wish you all the success and happiness in the world!
    Hugs,

    Tara

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Wonderful Tara! You have such an incredible heart and I have to give Movin props for allowing me the opportunity to connect with you at so many events. You are so generous and compassionate it’s inspiring. My hope is that I will one day reflect on my job loss experience with the same grace as you. I know we haven’t seen each other for the last time by any means! If you ever want to volunteer together, catch a Seahawks game or craft up a storm let me know. Thank you so much for the support. Hugs hugs hugs!

  • Reply Jessie March 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

    It takes a lot of ones self to put into words how we feel when being exposed to the reality of who we are around and who we considered “friends” the pain is real and you couldn’t say any better. Thank you for showing the real Lydia ๐Ÿ™‚ morning are not the same anymore and the one voice of reason that was there every morning is gone but not forgotten.. Keep your head up and better things will come. Thank you for all the laughs and smiles you made me do! Best of luck to you! God Bless You!

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Jessie my friend! Thank you for your sweet words. I’m glad I could brighten up someone’s mornings! Or at least bring a small voice of reason to the room. Thank you so much for listening and for taking the time to write such kind things.

  • Reply Erica March 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Lydia you are definitely missed on the show. It just opens the door for an even better opportunity which I know you will find! You rock ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Erica girl! Thank you! I tell myself the door that closed behind me led to a limitless, open field. One where it’s 80 degrees and sunny all the time. YOU rock ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Steve Covello March 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Holy shocked Batman! I was wondering where you were. I was thinking that you were just on vacation. However, when I heard an intro for Jose or Jeffery or….. with the traffic I knew something was up. I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. You were a huge and integral part of the show and it is not the same without you. I don’t want you to “bash” anyone but of course we all want to know what happened for them to move on without you and keep…. You will and already are missed. I think I may have a tear forming. lol

    I do have an idea of how you are probably feeling. Not to get into details but about a year and a half ago I lost my best friend and dad in a two week period. My boss at the time didn’t care about what was going on and demanded results all the time and because my numbers slipped a bit during that time we got into a heated verbal conversation over the phone. Anyway, I am much better now after that experience. But I did have the same feelings and issues that you are having. Hard to get out of bed. Please do though. Unless your boyfriend is there too. *Wink*

    I think I can speak for everyone out here and everywhere when I say we all love you. I will be bookmarking this blog and will check in often on your progress and life.

  • Reply Angelica March 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Lydia,

    I’m so glad you wrote this. For over a week, I’ve been wondering, Where is Lydia?!!! I could tell changes had been made, and I’m so disappointed. I will miss your cleverness and the sophistication you brought to this morning program. It was truly special with you on the team, it’s really not the same without you. But, like everyone here is saying, you are meant for so much more than this. The Universe has just freed you up for something better!

    All the best!
    Angelica Raj

  • Reply Becca March 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I don’t live anywhere near Seattle, but I found podcasts of Jubal’s phone taps online and thought they were hilarious, so I started listening to other segments and eventually was streaming the show every morning at work- I’m on the east coast, so the show starts as soon as I get in.
    I was on vacation for two weeks so I missed everything that happened, but when I got back I could tell something in the show was missing. I originally just assumed you were on vacation and was upset ours didn’t line up so I could’ve missed the week that you weren’t there, but when I heard you weren’t coming back I was shocked. I can’t imagine what direction they want to go in if their choice was to lose you, because you were the one who really brought the show substance. You deserved more than a three minute speech from your family of four years, but that just shows how much better off you will be when you have people who truly value you. I wish you the best and I know you’ll do great things- you’re funny, charming, relatable, and an all-around good person. I’m excited to start listening to your podcasts and see where they take you.

  • Reply Greg March 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    So sorry to hear the recent news. That show won’t be the same without your wit and humor. Just like others here on the comment board, I was wondering why I hadn’t heard you on the show lately. Your blog post is eloquent, brave, and inspiring, This is easier said than heard, but I am a firm believer in things happening for a reason. I know there is something greater out there for you in terms of your own personal development, enjoyment, and impact on those around you. I have seen a lot of turnover in my current job and every time my colleagues end up in a better place than they were before. I am confident the same will come for you. I hope that we all will continue to get the chance to be exposed to your talent and charm.

  • Reply Jamie March 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Lydia,
    I was listening to the morning show this AM and thought that it had been awhile since I heard you, you couldn’t be sick this long so I came to the internet to find this. So sad, you really made that show and I cannot believe they just let you go. I’m so sorry for what your going through and won’t be listening without you. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose to do next but wherever you end up they are lucky to have you on their team!

    Jamie

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Jamie my friend!! Thank you oh so much for going through the Nancy Drew detective work to find out what happened to me. The last thing in the world I would ever want is for people to think I’m a quitter or that I would just up and leave. I’m a relentless, loyal fighter! I’m so grateful that I connected with wonderful people like you. Thank you again for all the love and support!

  • Reply misti March 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    You are an incredibly gifted writer. That old adage ” when one door closes another one opens”…whomever chooses you will get the total package momma!! You are one foot in front of the other freakin fantastic and I wish you all the best!

    • Reply Lydia April 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Oh Misti, this made me smile big time. Thank you so much. I definitely have days where I sidestep, back-pedal or just ungracefully face plant, but I’m definitely attempting the move forward. Thank you again for brightening up my day in a BIG way!

  • Reply Adrian April 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hi Lydia,

    Me and my girlfriend have been listening to the show for most of the time we have been together, and for the past month we have been asking each other, “where in the world is Lydia?” I was like, this is strange, if she was on vacation, they would be saying, “Lydia is on vacation right now.” So I feared maybe something happened to you? I was confused and worried, so this morning I finally tried searching the station’s site for information — nothing. Then I tried googling your name and came across what looks like a blog. Within that I found a link to this — and finally some clarity. It’s very surprising to know you’ve been abruptly “let go.” I enjoyed your humor and the spice of sarcasm you brought to the show. I always confused your voice with the Brooke’s, and even texted in once asking who was speaking (you actually responded to my text, which was nice).

    Lydia, this is the honest truth, you and I are about the same age, and in hearing you the past few years I thought, “Wow, she got so lucky. This opportunity has helped her grow so much, and even if this doesn’t last forever, what an amazing resume booster this experience must be.” The difference between your audition video and your more established and mature voice on the show displayed such great growth as a professional.

    Anyways, to wrap up, thanks for being a stranger “friend” in the morning to listen to. Me and my girlfriend will definitely miss you. Good luck to whatever you do in the future. And a warm welcome to you if you ever find yourself wanting to chill with some fans.

    Thanks Lydia!

    -Adrian

  • Reply Adrian April 3, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Hi Lydia,

    Me and my girlfriend have been listening to the show for most of the time we have been together, and for the past month we have been asking each other, “where in the world is Lydia?” I was like, this is strange, if she was on vacation, they would be saying, “Lydia is on vacation right now.” So I feared maybe something happened to you? I was confused and worried, so this morning I finally tried searching the station’s site for information — nothing. Then I tried googling your name and came across what looks like a blog. Within that I found a link to this — and finally some clarity. It’s very surprising to know you’ve been abruptly “let go.” I enjoyed your humor and the spice of sarcasm you brought to the show. I always confused your voice with the Brooke’s, and even texted in once asking who was speaking (you actually responded to my text, which was nice).

    Lydia, this is the honest truth, you and I are about the same age, and in hearing you the past few years I thought, “Wow, she got so lucky. This opportunity has helped her grow so much, and even if this doesn’t last forever, what an amazing resume booster this experience must be.” The difference between your audition video and your more established and mature voice on the show displayed such great growth as a professional.

    Anyways, to wrap up, thanks for being a stranger “friend” in the morning to listen to. Me and my girlfriend will definitely miss you. Good luck to whatever you do in the future. And a warm welcome to you if you ever find yourself wanting to chill with some fans.

    Thanks Lydia!

    (Note I posted this once a second ago, but I don’t see it on the page, so I am reposting. Feel free to delete if the other post showed up.)

    -Adrian

  • Reply Jeremey April 10, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I honestly thought you were sick for weeks and no one said anything, only to finally read this. Not cool by all means. You are obviously missed in the morning and always helped make for a brighter day. Thank you for being yourself and bringing joy everyday. You have a great future ahead of you and that is for sure, now you can do it without getting shocked. Thank you again and good luck

  • Reply Larry April 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Hi Lydia,

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear you are no longer part of the show. I listen daily and kept wondering what had happened. I texted in but got no response so I decided today when I heard a recorded segment with you in it to go look and see if I could find out where you had disappeared too. I thought maybe you were out on extended leave or something but unfortunately I see now that is not the case. The show will not be the same by any means without you on it. I’m happy to see you are doing your own thing now and good luck on your future endeavors. We have all been there at one point or another in life and well as I always say it always works out for the the best in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Larry

  • Reply Mark May 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Lyds,

    I’m usually not compelled to make statements, but change definitely is something I’m not used to doing unless provoked. The ‘usual’ radio seemed a bit off after having been listening to sports radio. After that Super Bowl loss, I actually found myself going back and forth between stations, returning to Movin eventually and noticing something weird, since there’s always a set routine, with you reading the traffic updates and whatnot. There was always a quirkiness to the show–the good kind, that rounded out the band of kids that made up the morning. You fit in somewhere along the lines of that friend or sibling that was book-smart, but also mellowed out the crazy ones if need be. It wasn’t until recently, with the odd posts from people making statements about your no longer being on air that I was perplexed about what happened.

    I know the feeling, though–that vulnerability that comes when you’ve been with a certain community for what feels like THE longest time, and you feel like you’ve become part of that network, invested all that energy and utmost four-letter word into the craft–only to get the plot twist, the ‘step into my office’ kind of spiel and truth be told–you were never quite there to be considered a full member of said family. Not gonna bore you with -isms and philosophical jive, but here’s hoping as one out of many in a community that adores you, and feels like we’ve lost a part of our familial routine when you went off air, we’ll get to hear your voice in a more capable capacity elsewhere. See ya!

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