Have you ever met someone who had the perfect job for their personality? One that fit them to a tee? Naples resident Kristen Morse, half of the new morning team on Lite 93.7 FM radio, happens to be one of those people.
Light. Bubbly. Infectious enthusiasm. And she works for Lite, a bubbly station with infectious music. See. A match made in heaven. Or perhaps some fairly tale.
Morse is just finishing up her second week on the air. She and Dave Alexander replace nationally syndicated "Bob & Sheri" who had been in the morning slot at Lite since May 2009.
Look at the accompanying photo. Does she look familiar? Commercials for the show have been blanketing the airwaves. You may also know her as the face of TV 6. She's been doing the station's PSAs for the past five years. Oh, wait a minute. Wasn't she on ABC's "The Bachelor?"
Yes. In 2006 she was vying for then-bachelor (and current TV doc) Travis Stork.
"I'm 100 percent glad I did it (the show)," says Morse. "I believe in fate. Everything happens for a reason."
To answer your question. Yes, she also believes that one can find love on television. "Why not?" she says with her signature upbeat tone.
The show did lead her to love, eventually.
Back in 2006, the then-Bonita Springs resident (she's lived in Fort Myers and Estero also) told the Naples Daily News that she dreamed of falling in love and marrying at Disney World, in front of Cinderella's castle; and she did just that.
So how did her "Bachelor" gig lead her to love? One day a fan recognized her on the street. They became instant friends. And that friend eventually introduced her to hubby of three years — Greg Griffin, a local builder.
While most of us out there are trying to turn lemons into lemonade, Morse is turning lemonade into lemon meringue pie. Not only did the she get her dream Disney wedding, she and Greg became one of the faces of the Disney wedding brand.
Her marriage also landed her the title of stepmom, a job that Disney doesn't portray in a very good light. But Morse doesn't mind. She and stepdaughter Aly, 10, have a wonderful relationship.
So what's the new morning show all about? "Female. Family. Friendly," says Morse. No inappropriate innuendo, no bad words. "We pick upbeat topics. We want to make everyone smile," says Morse. "Everybody needs a pick-me-up every now and then, including me."
Morse wakes up at 4 a.m. to be on the air by 6; an impressive feat when you consider she has a one-hour drive to work.
She credits being prepared. She lays out her clothes the night before.
"Always bright colors. I'm wearing a hot pink tank top and pink shoes today," she said with a smile that was evident, even on the phone.
Catch Morse, weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. on Lite 93.7 FM.
WGCU tackles tarpon
WGCU's new documentary "Silver King: The Birth of Big Game Fishing" premieres at 9 p.m., Thursday (April 12).
The one-hour documentary begins in 1885 in a sleepy little frontier town called Fort Myers when New York architect William Halsey Wood caught a 93-pound tarpon in Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island.
Award-winning producer Lynne Howard Frazer guides viewers through the role the tarpon played in the burgeoning of towns of Punta Gorda, St. James City, Fort Myers and Naples. The documentary, narrated by Peter Thomas, and using rare photographs and vintage video footage, offers insight into the well-heeled tarpon hunters who came to Southwest Florida.
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum comes to Naples
Fox's Martha MacCallum will make an appearance in Naples on April 13 at the Waldorf Astoria, for the Ave Maria School of Law annual speaker series.
Proceeds from "A Conversation with Martha MacCallum" goes to the AMSL Scholarship Fund.
Doors open at 4 p.m., and the program will begin with a cocktail reception.
MacCallum currently co-anchors "America's Newsroom" with Bill Hemmer.
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