The average stay in radio as a personality is as little as 18 months and Delilah has both contributed to and escaped that statistic. Over seven million listeners tune in each week on hundreds of stations across the country to hear Delilah, the delightfully popular host of The Delilah Show.
by Susan Bradley
Thousands dial in nightly to invite her to celebrate, grieve or reflect with them. Delilah encourages her callers and leaves them with her signature gift, a love song selected especially for them. While most of the songs are secular love songs of the soft rock kind, she can be caught slipping in songs by Christian artists from time to time.
||Tangi and Shaylah with their mom Delilah, a nationally recognized radio personality who sometimes uses her secular program to share her faith and point listeners to faith in God, the Bible and prayer.
Connection Magazine offers you a glimpse into the life behind the voice, and the source of strength and wisdom behind the life. She confesses that she doesn't use a day-planner, her life is chaotic, and her first focus is family. But her listener's would never know that because as she says: "Each night I do my best to ease some of the stress of your hectic day over the radio..." Her show is a place to share from the heart. Her listeners feel like she is speaking right to them and for them.
Delilah laughs, cries and counsels from her Seattle studio. Over a lengthy career in radio, she has developed her own style, telling listeners and now readers heartfelt, and real stories from her own life. Her warmth and open-mindedness along with an extraordinarily full life make her more than qualified to convey the principle that "when love is involved, there are no insignificant acts...every time you love someone even a little bit, something gigantic happens."
In her new book, "Love Someone Today" Delilah, tells of her wild youth, of family relationships both difficult and loving, addiction recovery, her biracial son from her first marriage to an African-American man, her years of single motherhood, her three adopted African-American children and two more children with her current husband, who is nine years her junior.
She writes about losing jobs, money, relationships, friends, homes and a beloved brother who died in a plane crash. Delilah is from a Protestant background and shares her faith in God whenever the opportunity presents itself. Delilah organizes her chapters around Bible passages even nonbelievers know, such as "To everything there is a season."
What questions burn in Delilah's heart?:
She says that in the end she imagines that God will ask you, what did you do with me? What did you do with the people I put in your life? He'll want to know did you love them? Did you care for them? Did you spend time with them?
She admits: "The times I've spent alone have helped me to appreciate the true gifts of family, marriage, friendship, and motherhood. The greatest gift is the gift of time God has granted me to spend with those I love. " Delilah adds with a bit of conflict in her voice, that there are times that she isn't able to come from a place of joy about God, but comes from a place of seeking and not knowing all of the answers. God has those answers for her and like all of us she seeks solace in God's ever-forgiving love in times of confusion. She needs prayers of support just like her listeners do.
Life hasn't just been a bowl of cherries for Delilah. She's learned from times of struggle, times of confusion, and times of pain and attributes those times to helping her become who she is. She told Connection Magazine that nearly everyday she walks with her best friend who is now her neighbor. "The walks are our prayerwalks and I can't imagine my life without them."
Delilah hears and shares joys and sorrows with her listeners and perhaps they share them with her because she is so open about her own ups and downs. She's real and listener's can tell that. She's openly admits to have been bull-headedly disobedient as a teen and wonders if it's payback time with her adopted teen daughter. Her young son, Zack was having one of his "Zack attacks" while we were on the phone. He was recently diagnosed with a mild form of autism, which through prayer has been improving in the last 6 months.
She's been mad at God for things that have happened, she confessed to Connection Magazine, and has gotten over it with her attitude that: "In life we can experience a lot of losses, but when I feel like I'm at the end of my rope I know that there is no place but God."-©