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The Sarah Diaries: For My “Will”… Love Your “Grace”

He’s going to kill me, but sometimes situations present themselves that make it worth it. This is one of them. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this last year, it’s to not take people, or things for granted. To celebrate the ones that are in your life, and let them know how much you care.
Occasionally someone will come in to your life, and over the course of 14 years (seriously, has it been that long?!), becomes someone you genuinely love. They become family, a best friend, sounding board, work spouse, and cat co-parent. That basically sums up my relationship with our very own Zack East. What you might not know is behind the scene, he has a direct part in running your favorite station. And he’s REALLY good at it! As hard of a time as I give him, he’s one of the hardest working people I know. (Seriously, Steph and I yell at him to go home some nights.) He’s also one of the modest.
Tomorrow/Saturday is his birthday, but he doesn’t want the spotlight on him this year. In the past I’ve had the privilege of planning his birthday outing, an opportunity for some of his close friends to get together and celebrate one of our favorite people. We all share stories of how we first met him, or a favorite moment with him over time. I still remember my first conversation with Zack, he had just started working on our sister station ROCK 107 WIRX, and called in looking for information on the staff. Little did I know that would be the first of many memorable chats with him. One that makes me laugh just because of how it went down, happened during one of our first face to face meetings. He thought I was hitting on him and announced loudly “I’m gay!”, but I was actually more interested in his friend. One of my proudest was listening the day he came out during the morning show, because FINALLY!!!
If you’ve ever had the chance to watch someone grow/mature, and work their way up the totem pole, its something special. That’s exactly what’s happened with Zack, Though he’s now technically my boss, which in some situations creates an awkward chat or two. For the most part we have an understanding, work is work, and our friendship is separate.
Z: *sigh* Sarah you need to be doing this… why aren’t you doing it?!
Me: Uhmm… yeah, about that…
Z: *gives look*
Two years ago I decided I needed a change in my day job, and made the decision to leave the radio stations on a full-time level. To date, it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. I wasn’t happy, but the thought of letting Zack down, failing him (and my love for my clients) were the only factors in staying for as long as I did. I actually remember in a round about way asking him for permission to leave. And I cried. Lots. Thankfully, he agreed to keep me around on a part-time basis, and well, ta da here I am! Getting to spend quality time with you, Zack, and the rest of the Coast family and loving every minute!
Over the years we’ve shared boyfriend break-ups, stories about good and bad dates, a love for hot hair, and walked arm-in-arm to various functions. As Steph put it, family is more than just blood, it’s people who you look up to, inspire you, love you. People who make your life better, that you have a connection with, trust, and can call on when you need help. I’m happy to call him my family.
The “Will” to my “Grace”, my loves to shop “husband”, Cosita’s Dad, one of my best friends, and part of my family.
Happy birthday, Zack!!
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BRUNO MARS: Will He Do a Grammy Prince Tribute?

Citing unnamed sources, Billboard reports that if it happens it could be with Prince’s Minneapolis homeboys The Time as his backing group. The magazine also notes that no one has confirmed that this will actually take place and that reps from the Grammys and Mars’ label have declined their request for a comment.  Billboard points out that Lady Gaga got a lot of flak for last year’s David Bowie tribute, and wonders if that’s what might holding this back.  Jimmy Jam of The Time is a longtime Recording Academy executive. It’s hard to imagine that there’s nothing at all to this.  It may be premature, but it sure makes sense to do something like this and Mars is a great choice to do it.  I guess we will have to tune in to the 59th Annual Grammy Awards to find out.  The Grammy’s will air Live from The Staples Center, Sunday, February 12 on CBS and will be hosted by James Corden.... [Read Full Story]

The Sarah Diaries: Because I Said “No.”

Growing up “No” hasn’t been in my vocabulary as much as it probably should. Friends, jobs, family “Sarah can you…” was promptly met with a YES! I’m sure if I sat down with my therapist he would tell me it’s a need somewhere for me to be loved an accepted – and he’s probably right. I’ve gotten better about saying no, in most areas. I will admit, I’ve slacked on using it in my personal life, until recently.... [Read Full Story]