“I am doing a new thing.”
Written by Roxanne Richardson on October 25, 2017
“I am doing a new thing.” —Isaiah 43:19
When my radio partner announced his departure to take better care of his family, I couldn’t breathe. We wept and remembered the good times, too numerous to recall. Chris Mileski’s humor, faith and sensitivity have added so much to my life and to our radio show. From teasing me about my obsessions with pandas to holding my hand through divorce to walking me down the aisle (well, into the gym at Deer Valley Elementary) to marry my prince, Dr. Wayne Richardson, Chris has been there for me. He’s among my “top peeps” that matter—a place he will stay. Without him, I am unsure if I’d be saved now. Look what happened with his invitation to attend church!
It’s with prayers, tears and lots of good counsel that I announce we will transition to a show that’s taken decades to arrive—Rox & Friends. Yes, I’ll be solo, but not really. God provides so richly and blesses me beyond my imagination. My friends, pastors, confidants, authors and experts will be by my side as I seek to glorify God on a radio station I’m privileged and honored on which to broadcast. The beauty is that Chris is right there, still hosting his Saturday morning show, Perspectives, and joining me occasionally in the mornings. And anyone who listens to our show knows that Roxanne and operations don’t mix. So by my side to engineer, produce and shine for Jesus is my spectacular friend, Bridget Garner.
When the famous actress Diane Keaton turned 60, she realized that for too much of her life she had been afraid. It’s her biggest regret. I don’t want that to be my story. As I paused to worry about how this new scenario would evolve, Chris Hodges’ sermon included the following statement: “Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is standing firm in spite of my fear.”
The author of the phenomenal High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, asks himself three questions every day that I want to share here. “Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?” This is an examination that reveals core values.
Lord, I long to continue serving you, proclaiming the Gospel on a legendary radio station, 93.7 WDJC. Lord, I need you now! To You be the glory.
It’s my hope that you’ll join me in this new chapter. The best is yet to come.
Roxanne Richardson has been a radio presence for more than 30 years and has been heard on local Birmingham stations since 1990. She currently anchors the morning show, Roxanne & Ace, on WDJC. Tune in weekday mornings from 5:00-9:00 a.m.