It sounds trite, but it’s true. Lisa — the sassy queen of alternative rock on The Sound (94.9 FM) who goes just by her first name, as kooky radio personalities tend to do — got her start in radio as a listener. “Seriously, I called a local radio station one day to request a song and they said they liked my voice and did I want to audition for the morning show co-host position.” And just like that, a jock was born.
Jobs followed in Manchester, N.H.; Columbia, S.C.; Indianapolis; and Albany, N.Y. And now, as afternoon host at The Sound, she helps listeners make the transition from work day to happy hour. It’s fitting, of course, because even though she’s working, she’s serving up a tall, cool glass of happy just about every day.
Q: What’s the coolest thing about you?
Lisa: I don’t get hangovers.
Ever. I’m dead serious. And trust me, I’ve pushed the limits of what a normal person should (and shouldn’t) be able to tolerate the next day! It’s like some weird super power. I should wear a cape.
Q: What’s the secret to a sexy cool radio voice?
Lisa: The obvious answer to this is cigarettes and booze. But, honestly, I didn’t really know I had a sexy cool voice until I started answering phones at a real estate company and this one guy would always call just to hear me say, “Thank you for calling Century 21 Hennessey & Associates.” Weird.
Q: Who’s the coolest person you know?
Lisa: My dog, Anthony, because he’s super badass.
PHOTO COURTESY LISA