Whether you call her a WYSK or a Badass Chick, Loren Raye is a passionate woman who impresses and inspires. At the ripe age of only 26 and just over 4 years out of Penn State, she has already built an enviable career for herself in the still largely male dominated field of radio working as the only female producer for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. Her behind-the-scenes producing skills and her on-air talent contribute to the success of this nationally-syndicated radio show, which is based out of the world famous Z100 in New York City and simulcast to 5 million listeners on more than 50 radio stations nationwide, making it the most listened to Top 40 morning show in the U.S.
A self-proclaimed and very proud “nerd”, Loren grew up dancing and acting on stage. So to end up in radio is not a far stretch for someone who loves performing. But, as she was pursuing her Broadcast Journalism degree at PSU, Loren’s original career goal was to be in TV… that is until she landed a coveted internship with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show the summer before her senior year of college in 2007. She immediately fell in love and knew that radio was the place for her.
Fast forward to December 2007. It’s Christmas break and Loren is just about to head back to Penn State for her final semester when she gets a life changing call. The Morning Show has a full-time position for her, but they need her to start immediately. It was the radio career opportunity of a lifetime and she knew it. So, just five months away from graduating, Loren made the decision to accept the job offer. With that, instead of returning to the PSU campus, Loren stayed home (New Jersey) and officially joined the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show staff in January 2008.
Still determined to graduate from Penn State as planned and on time that May, Loren finished her last semester and degree online, while simultaneously juggling the responsibilities and demands of her new, dream job, “a place with incredibly talented people who make me laugh every single day!”
Over the last five years, Loren has risen through the ranks at the Morning Show learning anything and everything about the radio industry that she loves so much. As producer, one of her recent contributions to the show is her Badass Chick of the Day segment, which launched in August 2012. It’s a daily segment that takes Loren on-air with Elvis and his crew to talk about the coolest, baddest, chicks around… everyday girls and women who are fearlessly challenging the norm and using their brains to do amazing things. Guess it’s pretty obvious why we’re such fans of her work.
Ella Fitzgerald once said, “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” These words pretty much sum up the indomitable Loren Raye, which is why it’s one of her favorite quotes.
What Else She Shared… More With Loren Raye
WYSK: What is the most interesting item in your handbag right now?
LR: Ooooooh… my ankle brace. I broke my ankle about seven years ago and my foot has never been the same since. Just recently, the Morning Show went on a trip to the Iowa State Fair and I stepped out of the van and rolled my foot. My podiatrist is pretty sure that I tore a ligament, so every once in a while I have to throw the brace on just to feel like I’m not going crazy.
* Note: Loren was our first WYSK, to date, who physically reached for her handbag during the interview to prove that she actually had the item she was describing on her.
WYSK: What gadget or technology can you not live without?
LR: I actually like to go without my phone, so it would probably be my computer. My best friend lives in Chicago and we iChat all the time. It’s hard not to see her, so I couldn’t imagine not being able to iChat with her or my family.
LR: Tina Fey’s book Bossypants. I am such a fan of hers. She is such a role model for me. I totally love her, so it was the best book ever!
WYSK: What is your biggest pet peeve?
LR: When people don’t follow directions or simple instructions. Also, when they’re not polite… like when they don’t say please or thank you after I hold the door for them. I can’t stand it. So, when that happens I just say, “YOU’RE WELCOME!”
WYSK: What is your favorite indulgence?
LR: Sitting on my couch watching trashy television. It really is… it’s the only way I can wind down at all. And if I there’s a week where I just haven’t had the time to sit down and totally detox and disconnect from everything here at work or responsibility-wise in life, I go NUTS!