Name: Shawna Matthews
Hometown: Murphysboro, Illinois
What artist did you grow up listening to? I was exposed to everything growing up. My Dad wrote country and gospel songs. I took piano lessons & I listened to all kinds of Nashville TN radio stations.
How did you get into radio? I wondered how everything worked behind the scenes. I have always loved music & thought it would be fun.
What is your one guilty pleasure song that you sing along to every time you hear it?
Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert, I Wanna Talk about Me by Toby Keith, Lesson In Leavin’ by JoDee Messina and Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson.
Tell us something about yourself that only your friends would know.
I love to skydive! I am a Marilyn Monroe fan and I’m mad about the Beatles.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question: Probably Marilyn Monroe. I think she was misunderstood and not taken seriously as an actress. I would love to meet the Beatles.
What is your favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving and Christmas. People tend to be kinder around the holidays.
What song would best describe your life? These are my People by Rodney Atkins
If you had a super power, what would it be? To cure cancer & AIDS.
Who has been your favorite Meet & Greet? There have been a lot over the years….Aaron Tippin is a funny guy. So was Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel. Jason Jones has a good sense of humor. Love The Cadillac Black (now The Cadillac Three)!
What random food combination do you love? Hoppin’ John is good.
Favorite thing(s) to do in Southern Illinois: We have a lot of talented musicians in Southern Illinois! I love going to a local winery and listening to music!
Any hidden talents? If I told you, they wouldn’t be hidden anymore.
If you weren’t at Z100, what would you be doing? Interior design and writing songs!
Favorite Country Artists: Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Kelly Clarkson and Shania Twain.
Favorite Country Song: Don’t Rush by Kelly Clarkson & Vince Gill, These are my People by Rodney Atkins, Just got Started Loving You by James Otto, Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley and In America by The Charlie Daniels Band.
What do you like best about working at Z-100? Working with the best people in the business, giving away awesome prizes to our amazing listeners and St. Jude Fundraising.