I'm so excited for our new storytelling series! Over the past years, I've met so many inspiring people who are doing amazing things with their lives. I desire to empower you to know that you can make a difference in world, and to go after that BIG SCARY DREAM. I long give you an opportunity to hear their stories: learn their passions, how they got started, and any struggles they may have encountered in making their dream a reality. Each week I will be featuring a new story, and for this week, I'm excited to share Whitney with you! I met her at Soul City Church through my husband who immediately said, "You have to meet Whitney! Your visions align so much!!!" So friends I'm excited to share Whitney of The Whitney Reynolds Show. Be sure to show some love, and stalk her on social media as she continues bring forth awareness, and showcasing amazing charities who are making a change in the world.
Who is Whitney Reynolds?
Emmy nominated PBS talk show host, wife & twin mom. Dedicated to provoking positive change through media. ON AIR- PBS & iHeart Radio.
How can we stalk/follow you on social media?
Facebook: Whitney Reynolds
What's your favorite drink? Guilty Pleasure is for sure a diet Dr Pepper, chilled and straight from the can.
What makes you laugh?
Currently all the crazy things my husband and I will do to make our twins smile. They love obscene noises and the chicken dance LOL
What does a typical Sunday look like for you?
Football, family and God!
Please share a bit about your business, what you do, how long you've been doing it? The Whitney Reynolds Show is a talk show that highlights issues that need to be heard. We are dedicated to telling stories that create change for the better good. We started online and now air on PBS in 2 markets (Chicago and The Quad Cities) on primetime!
What inspired you to start The Whitney Reynold's Show?
Does your personal story/journey somehow connect to your business? I always knew this was my journey. From a young girl I would corral my neighbors into my living room for interviews. My dream was to always create a show that is changing lives through the topics we air. In 2012 I finally got to step into that vision.
What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing powerful shows air on TV. So much of my industry is flooded by gossip type shows... Love that our 30 minute program is packed with powerful info.
What's been your favorite topic that you've featured on your show?
This season our show on domestic violence really hit me. Our guests were victims that had enough courage to tell their stories because they knew it would help others.
In what ways does your business give back to the community?
Giving back is in our mission! Each show is dedicated to provoking positive change! I LOVE when I get to come alongside some of Chicago's most amazing charities to emcee their events.
What was the scariest part in launching your show?
RATINGS!!! When we launched on PBS we had to hit ratings in order for our season to air. In the case of the chicken or the egg... we went with the egg first. We taped all the shows for a season and believed it would get picked up and it did!
Can you share a time you wanted to give up, or a struggle that you encountered? When I first started my show, we were online. At the time I had very few believers that the show would get picked up. I left my TV network job and the following 6 months were a struggle.
How did you overcome it?
I fueled myself with motivational quotes and also the reminder that this show was put on my heart for a reason. Within our first year we got picked up by NBC Nonstop. NEVER GIVE UP!
What encouraging words would you tell someone who wants to start a talk show/podcast etc?
Know who you are and be the best version of that.
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