My Last Day at WGTS 91.9
This is your life. Are you who you want to be?
Many of you may have not known who I am. My name is Becca Stripe and I have been an intern here on the morning show at WGTS 91.9 these past two months. Today is my final day at this wonderful radio station – (but I will be at the Veggie Tales event and DC Fest these next two Saturdays!). In June I graduated from high school in Fairfax County, Virginia and next week I will be moving on to college in South Florida.
These past eight weeks have been absolutely incredible. I am so grateful to WGTS for allowing me to be a part of this great radio station. I have been with the morning show crew learning so much information about radio broadcasting, and even more specifically, Christian radio broadcasting.
I think that God has called me to enter this field. This field of encouraging others through radio. Whether it’s through the songs or the DJs’ voices or the station events, I want to be involved in all this excitement for lifting people up through Christ. Throughout the past few years of my life I have strived to be an encouragement to friends and family. I want them to see God’s love through my actions and words.
Just recently I gave the speech at my high school graduation as class president. And here I am one week away from college. I am incredibly nervous, but I know that God is in control and that I need to trust in Him that I am going to be alright. One of my favorite Bible verses is from Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Those words bring such joy and comfort to my heart. God always has good plans for us. God is like a GPS – if you take a wrong turn, He will recalculate.
I am looking forward to moving on. Moving on to a new place – literally – college in West Palm Beach, Florida. I am excited to be soon attending a Christian school where I can learn more about God, grow in my faith, and have opportunities to reach out to help those in need.
As I mentioned that this is a sad day for me because I am leaving WGTS, a friend of mine told me to not focus on the end. But to focus on the beginning of my next chapter in life. That I should keep some of these new relationships for life, and certainly will use the many new experiences to grow.
When I first started interning here at WGTS I was nervous as to how the listeners, mostly Christian adults, would react to having an eighteen-year-old part of the morning show. But man was I wrong. Your comments of kindness have meant so much to me. And it makes me believe more that this is the profession that God has called me to pursue.
Now I’m not going to lie. Waking up at 4 in the morning for eight weeks is not easy. Especially as a teenager. But it’s you all, the listeners, that made me wake up and get my rear end out of bed. It was hard, but I liked it. I liked getting up early every morning and coming to the studio. I started my day on the right note. On God’s note. Encouraging you all. Bringing joy, love, and comfort to you.
Thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this station. Thank you also to the morning show crew here at the studio. We always used to joke that we’re the crew from the Wizard of Oz – Amanda as Dorothy, Brennan as the Scarecrow, Spencer our producer as the Lion, Eric our board operator as the Tin Man, and me the intern as Glinda the Good Witch. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. Oh, and we worked somewhere in there, too…
I am so very thankful and grateful to WGTS for this incredible internship here this summer.
From the classic Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”
Today is my day. My mountain is waiting. I’m on my way!
God is so, so good.