DeDe McGuire Full Exposure of Radio's Hardest Working Personality
DeDe McGuire hosts " DeDe in the Morning" with co-hosts Lady Jade and Michael Shawn at the K104 (KKDA/104.5 FM). After hosting the morning show, she is sometimes able to take a short break then prep for and co-host the syndicated Doug Banks Radio Show in the afternoons.
So you might asks yourself how she manages to pull off this feat each and everyday while remaining on top of her game. DFW provides an in-depth look at radio personality DeDe McGuire.
-DeDe McGuire: the hardest-working woman in radio by Robert Philpot DFW.com
"Fueled by an afternoon Red Bull, DeDe McGuire is showing us around her Arlington house, which is already cool enough with its lake views, deck and jazz paintings hanging on the living-room walls. But it’s the upstairs that the KKDA/104.5 FM “K104” morning-show host wants to show us most. That’s where husband Chris Allen’s “man cave” is.
As man caves go, this one’s fun but not over the top. Posters for old drive-in movies — Blacula, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Cleopatra Jones (all bought by McGuire) — hang neatly on the walls where the flat-screen TV doesn’t hang. There’s a bar, complete with a roulette wheel for shots and a serving dish modeled after a vinyl Aretha Franklin record. And there’s McGuire’s favorite piece, a foosball table.
“I love upstairs,” McGuire says. “Honestly, I wish this were my room, and not his. Foosball — I love foosball. Me and my sister, we would play teams.” She drops a ball onto the table and begins spinning the little plastic players. “I have to tell my husband to play with me, because I have not played in forever.”
It’s a wonder that McGuire finds time to play at all. For five years now, she’s been doing double shifts, co-hosting and then hosting K104’s morning show from 6 to 10 a.m., then co-hosting the syndicated Doug Banks Radio Show, which she has been doing since 1997, from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays. She has a home studio where she can do Banks’ show via an ISDN line — she’s taking a break from it to give us this tour.
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