The call seems to be going nowhere, but Delilah starts prying: “Which one would be the most likely to get grounded for a month or more? “You were in a friend’s car and you went four-wheeling and you didn’t have four-wheel drive. Delilah, who’s been called “radio’s Oprah,” broadcasts her mix of long-distance therapy sessions and sentimental soft rock to an estimated 8 million weekly listeners on 150 stations and online anytime at i Heart Radio.
She’s a love guru who has been married four times, a wholesome entertainer who swears freely, a DJ whose taste makes music snobs’ eyes roll.
Upon meeting her, she’s so buoyant it initially arouses suspicion.
For decades, Delilah has brought her mix of power ballads and no-bullshit personal advice to national airwaves. Most major radio shows employ a team of call screeners to guard their lines.
How did a four-time-married self-proclaimed Queen of Sappy Love Songs conquer radio and become America’s go-to heartbreak guru? But here in the basement of her farmhouse, one of the biggest names in radio answers the phone by herself, communicating with a staff in Seattle while she hears the stories of people from around the country — as many as 70 per five-hour session — and dedicates songs to them.
How could someone have the emotional stamina to console and consult dozens of people every night?
The walls of her evergreen-surrounded Port Orchard, Washington, studio are decorated in cubicle chic — family photos, children’s art, a Miss Piggy Life magazine cover — and her schnauzer, Sophie, sits still as a statue on an ottoman below the desk.
” Delilah leans toward her switchboard, resting her head on her fist as she holds the telephone that around 50,000 listeners try to reach every night of the week.
What matters is if you’re going to be able to work this thing out”).
Delilah has long branded herself as the Queen of Sappy Love Songs, but she pushes back against the title.