April 26, 2016
Greenway Station is so thrilled to partner with local Magic 98 radio host, Ginger Martin! She’s down to earth, eloquent and thoughtful; plus, she loves Greenway Station so the partnership is magical (pun intended). Get to know Ginger a little better here and listen to her Monday-Friday from noon-3pm on Magic 98.
Q: Tell us about yourself! What’s it like being on the radio every day and what do you do for fun?
A: Being on the radio everyday doesn’t feel like a job. It feels more like sitting in a room with my best friend and having a conversation over a cup of chai tea latte. I get to talk about what happened to me over the weekend, the latest cute thing my pets did or that new place I found that makes the best fish tacos. And if I can make just one person’s day with something silly or informative I’ve said or with a song I’ve played, then it’s a good day.
What do I do for fun? Well….lots of things. I’m a big hiker so I’m constantly searching out new places where my dog Truman and I can hike. On any given Saturday or Sunday you’ll find us on some state trail or county park trail putting in the miles. Gardening is also a passion of mine. It really transports me to someplace where I forget all about the time. I love planting flowers in my landscape and veggies in my backyard. I love the feeling of making something pretty with nature. Flowers are my paintbrush. And there is something really satisfying about carefully tending to a garden and having it love you back with beautiful plants and vegetables. Anytime I can be outdoors by the water or a fire pit or walking in the woods is what I love the most. When the weather is not nice enough to be outdoors I stay in and read. I’m always checking out my neighborhood “little libraries” to find a good gem.
Q: How did you decide to go into radio broadcasting?
A: I grew up in Michigan listening to our local hometown radio station. There was a woman on that station that did a “radio rummage” everyday at noon and I would listen to her during the summer when I wasn’t in school. Her name was Rona and she had the friendliest, sweetest voice I had ever heard. It was like silk and she was so kind to everyone who called. I remember thinking I wanted to be just like Rona. I wanted to make people feel happy and warm when they heard me speak. I wanted to be as kind to people as Rona was. So, I went to college and got a Bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communications. My first job was back at that very same hometown radio station.
Q: What excites you most about blogging for Greenway Station?
A: Well, that’s easy. I love Greenway Station. I’ve been shopping at Greenway Station for years and actually have made some fun memories so it’s easy for me to talk about my experiences. From the first time I visited Cold Stone Creamery and took 20 minutes to decide what delicious toppings I wanted to the time I found the perfect pair of rain boots at DSW that I walked up to perfect strangers to show them how cute they were. Oh yeah…I have stories.
Q: What are some of your favorite stores at Greenway Station and why?
A: I really love shopping at all the Greenway Station stores. I adore Pendleton. It is my exact style and taste and I have found so many cute outfits there. Plus, the associates are just so nice. They go out of their way to help you and make you feel welcome. I love shopping at World Market for gifts. I could spend two hours in there finding all kinds of cool things for other people…..and myself, of course. And then there is Soft Surroundings. I mean….honestly! It’s like walking into a modern day Versailles. It’s such a beautiful store with beautiful things from clothing to home furnishings to skin care and scents. Everyone needs to stop into Soft Surroundings simply to appreciate the beauty of the store itself.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I like simplicity in the way I dress. I appreciate very classic pieces that never go out of style. Everyone should have one black pencil skirt, a pair of black trousers and a white blouse. Then you can build on top of those pieces with colorful jackets and scarves and jewelry and shoes that are more contemporary. I’m most comfortable in khaki pants and sneaks with a fun top like a t-shirt or cardigan. OK…I’m preppy. There. I said it. My decorating style is very “rustic lux”. I mix traditional and antique farmhouse furniture together to give my home a cozy, inviting feel. I have a crystal chandelier in my bedroom centered over my grandmother’s wooden hope chest from the 1930s. I love that contrast.
Q: Which is more fun, shopping for yourself or Truman?
A: Well, I do love to spoil Truman with a new bone or toy every once in a while but I think the sentiment is lost on him. Truman is such a “guy” where if I brought him shopping with me at Greenway Station he’d be the one sitting on a bench outside waiting for me while he plays a game on his phone.
Q: Where do you go for writing and broadcasting inspiration?
A: For me, everyday living is inspiration for writing and talking on the radio. I have learned how to unplug from my phone, my computer and just get outside to enjoy sights and sounds and smells. I think making a conscious effort to find the beauty and the good in every situation is a story that writes itself.