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Release Date: 07.13.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Monica Matthews Show, WSB-AM Radio

"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with WSB Radio Host Monica Matthews

Leff's Atlanta Media's Weekly Feature Conversation with an Atlanta Journalist

Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), Atlanta Daybook presents our "Journalist Spotlight." Mitch Leff offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that'll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What's new at their media outlet? What drives them?

This week we’re talking WSB Radio’s Monica Matthews, who hosts The Monica Matthews Show on Sundays from 8 - 9 am. She says, “The ‘message’ of the show is encouragement, engagement and humor! I interview lawmakers, people adding value to the landscape of Georgia and beyond. I also cover family, cultural and relational topics in the hopes of bringing understanding and reconciliation.”

Matthews’ personal experience informs her show. “I was widowed 18 years ago. Lost my husband to ALS and raised my daughter on my own. So, my heart for single women is HUGE. The struggle is real.” She’s also a Grammy-nominated singer, who left that industry and moved to ministry and then to politics as a speechwriter and consultant/campaign manager.  

What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist?

Radio is something I’ve always been told I had a voice for, but the experience and personality was forged over many years of struggle, poverty, hopelessness and realizing at the end of the day, people need hope more than anything. They need to be given a reason to exercise their voice and that begins with someone telling them it matters and they matter.

The kind of story that makes me proud to be a commentator is basically anything in our current three-minute news cycle. It affords me the opportunity to infuse a 30,000-foot view to help others keep first things first, to separate the urgent from the important. It keeps me accountable to my audience. A story that could serve as a catalyst to divide is a great way for me to exercise my desire to reconcile. We can always find at least one thing to rally around. I like to find that point along with speaking honestly with Monica candor, to the issues at hand.

What’s new and exciting about The Monica Matthews Show? 

My show is new and definitely different on the WSB platform. I hear it nearly weekly when someone tunes in for the first time. It’s always a thrill to hear others excited about having a voice of reason, faith and pure honesty (of opinion) on our airwaves.

My colleagues do an amazing job of informing the masses. My approach is simply different. Because I came out of the box with faith as a main component, it’s not a scary or unsavory prospect for our listeners. It’s who I am. It’s expected. I’m not a preacher, I’m practical. I’m not afraid to tackle inflammatory issues in a way that’s simply different and relatively new. Being one of three female show hosts on my station is an honor.

What’s the best and worst thing about your job? 

The best thing about my job is pouring into the lives of our listeners. Knowing my voice makes an impact keeps me accountable to my first loves; my faith and my country. Knowing I have the privilege of sharing someone’s time in such an intimate medium, keeps me alert to the needs of others and the impact my words will have on their thoughts and feelings on a particular matter.

The ‘worst’ part of my job is jumping in the deep end. I say that with glee and trepidation. As much of a performer as I’ve been throughout my life, being thrust into the spotlight has been a challenge for me. Many years spent in the simple seclusion of raising my daughter, left me wondering if I really had anything to say. Turns out, I DO! Filling in for Herman Cain was one of the OMG! moments of my life. Singing for 20,000 people was easier! But pushing through it, loving every second and every listener who reached out subsequent, made every ounce of fear I had to step on to get on the mic, worth it!

I show up anyway. In spite of paralyzing fear at times and working through so many challenges in life from a rough start to where I am now, I pull up my bootstraps, put on my faith and walk into the unknown. I tap into talents I didn’t even know I had every time I say yes, when I really ‘feel’ like saying no. As public as I am, I am really quite shy. I should probably register high on introvert even though I present as such an extrovert.

What’s the coolest thing people should know about you? 

I cook my way through life. I love through food. Part of being German and Greek. When my friends are sick, I show up across town with a pot of “Greek” soup. Lol 

About Monica:

  • Last Book Read: When Jesus Isn’t Enough, The Ultimate Meal For The Starving Single Woman. Before that: Lead With Your Heart (lessons from a life with horses) Dr. Allan J Hamilton, MD
  • Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Restaurant Eugene. The perfect blend of sexy sophistication, excellent service, privacy, exquisite cuisine and wine! (oh, and crazy decadent desserts) 
  • Favorite guilty pleasure: JUST ONE?! Ordering a McDonald’s Sundae from my Uber Eats app, lol! Or sipping a fine single malt scotch with one cube, while enjoying my friends at a private men’s social club as their monthly ‘honorary guest’.
  • Local Getaway: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I will take my journal and all my senses and marvel at what a beautiful oasis it affords us in the heart of urban mania. It reminds me that even in the midst of all the craziness a city provides, there is time and space for beauty and peace. I am VERY thankful we have this gardens. I think of it as my own little garden of Eden.
  • Favorite non-work hobby: Flying. I am working on my private pilot’s license. Again, scary as … but worth every second. Freeing and a different language. If I can fly a plane, I can do just about anything in my mind. My very close second is fishing! My favorite pastime with my father. I want to learn to fly fish. 
  • Twitter: @monicaonairtalk
  • Website: www.monicamatthews.com

Mitch Leff is the president of Leff & Associates Public Relations (www.leffassociates.com), an Atlanta-based PR agency. Leff also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts and sources. Contact him at mitch@leffassociates.com, (404) 861-4769, on Twitter (@mitchleffPR), or on Facebook at Leff & Associates.


Contact Info

Contact Name: Mitch Leff

Company: Leff & Associates PR

Phone: 404-861-4769

E-mail: mitch@leffassociates.com