I was born in Altoona, PA in 1943. This makes me the oldest person associated with WTLR. I enjoyed my childhood without the fancy electronics of today, thus spent a lot of time outside climbing trees, playing baseball, making mud pies, and bringing home every stray animal I could find.
The Lord has given me a strong love for animals, especially dogs and horses. When I was about 5 years old, my parents took me to a "Lassie" movie. Much to their embarrassment, I cried very loudly in one of the scenes that was scary for Lassie. They had to remove me from the theatre.
I was raised in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and thought I knew Christ, but never grasped the Good News. After a sin failure in 1973 that caused the breakup of my family, I began seeking a way out of the guilt and disgrace that I was experiencing. Through the process, I surrendered to Jesus and asked Him to be the Lord of my life. “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation,” and I realized that I wasn't who I used to be. The Lord gave me a wonderful new life.
I joined the WTLR family during the Sharathon of April 1983 as a friend and I volunteered to do office work during that time. It was then that I met another volunteer, Robert G. Walker. Bob was the Saturday evening volunteer host on WTLR. In May of 1984, Bob and I were married in State College. Computers were just becoming part of WTLR, and I was hired to operate the first computer to enter gifts from our listeners, and to keep proper records.
As I worked at WTLR, I always avoided the microphone. I was terrified at the sight of one. In 1994, overhearing a conversation about the need for someone to fill a two hour time slot on the radio, I heard myself saying, "I'll try it!" The beginning was nothing but horrible and I felt sorry for the listeners. It took me a good two years to become comfortable on the air.
I believed the Lord wanted me to be on the air; that was the only reason I kept trying. There was a woman whom I had never met, from Altoona, who would call me several times a year to encourage me. One day after a terrible shift, she called, and I just broke down, and felt that I would never be on the radio again. But when she finished talking with me, I knew that the Lord was encouraging me through her to keep working at it. Being on the radio was so contrary to my personality, but as the Lord helped me, He has also changed my personality somewhat, and I've learned to lean on Him and trust Him more.
I retired from WTLR after 25 years of service and now enjoy volunteering at the station. It gives me the opportunity come home and check on the "kids." In many ways, the staff at the radio station are like family to me.
In retirement, Bob and I enjoy more time together, yet do a lot separately so we keep our relationship interesting. We enjoy our church family and our own families--which includes seven great grandchildren that keep us thinking we are young! I like exercising at Curves, weekly Bible study at our church with a wonderful group of ladies, doing counted cross-stitch pictures for the great grandchildren, and being very thankful for all the Lord has done and is doing for me. I love Him a lot!