Delilah, the most-listened-to-woman on U.S. radio, embraced the medium when she was a middle-schooler in Reedsport, Oregon, reporting school news and sports on KDUN-AM, a small station in her hometown. Delilah’s soothing voice, open heart, and love of music expanded her audience from the folks in Reedsport to more than 8.7 million monthly listeners across the United States and internationally on the American Forces Network in Japan, Korea and Central Europe. Many of those listeners engage Delilah beyond the airwaves via social media, especially on Facebook, where more than 1.6 million friends connect with her to share their stories and request songs.
Delilah was honored with the radio industry’s highest accolade – the NAB Marconi Award for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year in 2016.” She was also inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame and joined the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2017, which marked the first time a woman had been honored in the last 35 years. In addition to yearly honors by Radio Ink as one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio,” Delilah took home the trophy for “Outstanding Host – Entertainment/Information” at the Alliance of Women in Media’s 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala.
Delilah’s distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement is top ranked among women 25-54. She says her show is a “safety zone where listeners take off their armor, slip into a ‘Mr. Rogers’ cardigan, sit around the electronic hearth and share their secrets.” She adds that her audience is “just like me and the two women working on the show, who were once listeners. We are single parents who work hard to strike a balance between family and work life. We also enjoy our friendships and remember to laugh as much as possible.”
Delilah, loves her work because it has allowed her to bring together a distinct community of people who reach out to help one another. “We don’t try to fix people. We listen. We sympathize. We empathize. If the show has a message, it’s listen to your own gut. Trust your own intuition. Go where it leads. Don’t give up.”