Five years ago, I was going through a bitter divorce, digging myself out of debt, and coping with being a single mom to two little kids when a good friend, Tommy, asked me to host a morning radio show with him.
Every year, I’m amazed that Tommy, Jen and I can have this wonderful job. It’s a time to reflect how we’ve grown over the years, expanding our Fresh Family.
It was hard to pick just five great memories from the last year, but here are some of my favorite moments on The Tommy Show from 2015 to 2016.
For the fourth year in a row, the Fresh Family gathered to make sure every marker at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath. Our Fresh Family provided help in the form of donations and time to cover over 200,000 markers. It was our largest showing ever, with over 300 people of all ages gathered early on a Saturday morning to honor, respect and reflect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. At the end of the day, every grave had a wreath. Save the date, because we’re doing it again this year on December 17, 2016.
This year we started a new tradition on The Tommy Show. On the first Friday of every month, we open the doors of our DC Lottery Live performance space and do the morning show with a live audience. All are welcome to hang with us, have breakfast, play Can’t Beat Kelly live and win great door prizes. It’s a great initiation into the Fresh Family. One of the most memorable mornings was when we had standing room only on April 1. Fresh artist Charlie Puth joined us, the Washington Nationals brought in swag and George Washington from the Nats’ racing presidents made a cameo. Save the date for our next live show on Friday, August 2, 2016.
Tommy and Chrys are meant for each other. They met in the summer of 2013 and were instantly inseparable. Tommy shared his journey to becoming openly gay and honest about his relationship with Jen and I, and eventually with our Fresh Family in 2014. Tommy proposed to Chrys in the summer of 2015 and shared the news with our Fresh Family in November. Now, he just needs to set a date!
Tommy and I enlisted our Fresh Family to find a man for Jen. They answered the call and we narrowed it down to three suitors. She went on a date with all three, while Tommy and I observed from afar. When that didn’t work, we enlisted the help of a professional matchmaking service, Three Date Rule, to help find her a man. Despite the community’s efforts, no lucky guy was the perfect match for Jen. The efforts will continue until Jen finds the “lid to her pot,” as she says. If you know a single man that would be a great fit for our beloved Jen Richer, email me at kelly@947FreshFm.com.
After over 100 dates on Match.com, I found my perfect match, my Steadman. We were engaged in 2013 and waited almost two years to get married, since we were both divorced. We chose a Saturday in June and celebrated with our four kids at a small ceremony on the National Cathedral grounds. It was one of the best days of my life. The next day, we headed to Jiffy Lube Live to watch Matt Nathanson and Train, with a special reserved terrace for our Fresh Family, to celebrate our nuptials. It was a great way to end our wedding weekend and an incredible sendoff for our honeymoon the next day.
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