Steal her secrets series: West Michigan radio host answer 25 career questions

25 Questions with Star 105.7's Brook Taylor

Credit: Brook Taylor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Her suit fits just right, she knows everyone in the room and you can just tell she’s got it going on!  You wish you could be her or simply wish you knew her secret to success.  WOTV 4 Women wants to give you a deeper look at the many power women who are helping make West Michigan a thriving place for women at work.  We’re having them dish the details on everything from work life to home life and what has led to their career success.

25 Questions with Brook Taylor

Credit: Brook Taylor
Credit: Brook Taylor

Meet Brook Taylor. She’s a morning show host on Star 105.7 with I Heart Media.  While you have heard about her success over the West Michigan airwaves there’s a lot more to know about this power woman and her career.

Question 1: Describe your job and why you love it.

OH goodness…is it just the thrill of having my alarm ring at 3am or something else. Haha. No, I really love what I do. Getting to wake West Michigan up in a positive way is one of the reasons it doesn’t hurt so much! I enjoy being able to arm families with what they need each day and to help them focus on uplifting stories rather than all the negative ones.

Question 2: Dig through you purse and tell us three must have items you found and 1 item you were surprised to find.

Wintergreen lifesavers (ALWAYS!), SlimBrush interdental cleaners (I’m paranoid about having anything stuck between my teeth, Qdoba rewards card (which could be why I need #2 on my list!) Very surprised to see $15. I usually don’t carry much cash.

Question 3: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

An airplane mechanic. No idea why. I remember writing a report about it in 4th grade.

Question 4: What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

It can’t be about the money.

Question 5: What’s the job you’ve had (in your lifetime) that still gives you nightmares?

I was an ice cream waitress at the High Wheeler in Kalamazoo. There were always huge birthday parties with 30+ kids. We’d have to honk an obnoxious bike horn and get everyone’s attention so we could all sing happy birthday. It made me nuts. I hate having everyone look at me. Terrifying.

Question 6: What’s the best thing you’ve done to advance your career?

Not been afraid to take the next step. I guess I’ve always looked at it like I’m where I’m supposed to be until God moves me somewhere else. If it seems like something is brewing, I need to trust that it’s Him pushing me on.

Question 7: Flats or heels?

Flats. Are you kidding? Although I love the way my calves look in heels, when I walk I look like a baby calf. Which is not attractive.

Question 8: Crying at work? Okay or not okay?

Depends, I guess. Crying because I’m so moved by a caller or something like that is totally okay. Crying because my boss just destroyed me, not okay. Until I get home.

Question 9: Work/life balance? How do you make it work? What time do you “clock out”?

Tough. Tough. Tough. I actually don’t feel like I ‘clock out’ unless I’m sleeping. And even then, a dream could totally be used as content on the air. My kids have always known that they need to be careful about what they do or say because anything, ANYTHING can be used as show prep.

Question 10: Eating lunch at your desk? A do or a don’t?

Well, for me it’s breakfast and it’s totally at my desk, studio. I’m sorry but I’m not getting up any earlier to make eggs or something before I come in at 4. It’s just not happening.

Question 11: What makes you grateful?

Grace. I always say I never really understood what Grace was until I needed it. And I’ve needed it. It actually still overwhelms me to think about getting something so powerful that I know I don’t deserve. I’m so grateful.

Question 12: What was your biggest blunder in a job interview? What did it teach you?

I think I told my would-be boss that he was handsome. That’s NOT a good idea. Although I think I did get that job!

Question 13: Describe your morning routine.

Oh gosh…alarm rings at 3am. Hit snooze. Hit snooze. Hit snooze. Finally up and running like crazy because now it’s like 3:25. Make my bed, shower, contacts, hair, makeup, switch a load of laundry, grab a yogurt for later, run downstairs and drive 1.9 miles to work. SO glad I moved closer!

Question 14: Proudest career moment to date.

I think having Star 105.7 seek me out. I always leave myself open to go where God sends me and I was not seeking to leave WCSG. When they interviewed us and said “do you have any idea how good your show is?” I could honestly say ‘no’. We never aspired to have a great show. We just wanted to be obedient and follow our show’s self-declared mission statement which is “to encourage others to encourage others”. We hope we still do that.

Question 15: What’s the most important thing in your life right now?

Watching my kids turn into the people they were born to be. I so hope they find their passion and use the talents God gave them to their fullest potential.

Question 16: What time did you wake up today?

Woke up at 3:00am. If you’re asking what time I got up today, that would be 3:25am.

Question 17: What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone?

Their eyes. I almost answered ‘their smile’ but I think it’s true what they say that people can smile with their eyes. Their mouth can be smiling, but sometimes their eyes are sad or at least not engaged in that smile if that makes sense.

Question 18: What are you reading right now?

“Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living” by Shauna Niequist.

Question 19: In a typical day how many emails do you answer?

75-100 probably at least.

Question 20: What’s your favorite TV show?

I’m actually between favorite shows right now. I loved the show Parenthood so much and haven’t found anything I like that much. Most shows are on too late at night!

Question 21: What’s your favorite spot for a meeting in West Michigan?

Honestly don’t really have a go-to. Most of my meetings are here at the station.

Question 22: What’s your favorite app?

I have a love/hate relation ship with my 30 Day Plank app. I start it and do well for about 15 days, then fizzle. Then I start again.

Question 23: What experience in life made you the most nervous?

Probably the first time I had to do an artist intro at Van Andel arena. I think it was Michael W. Smith. The place was sold out and I was terrified. Even though I talk to hundreds of thousands of people on the radio, it’s different going on stage and doing it in front of people.

Question 24: What’s one question you always ask in an interview?

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Question 25: What’s the best part of your job?

Hearing from a listener that we made a difference in their lives. That something we said or did moved them.


Do you know a West Michigan Power woman who deserves to be featured in our series?  Email us her name/business and contact info!

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