Melissa Carter: Confessions of an infomercial fanatic

Your vote comes in the form of your dollar: spend money on the things you find important and ignore the things you don’t. That is the advice my brother gave me years ago, saying anything I am offended by in thi...

Melissa Carter: What it was like to be gay back then

They don't understand how it was to be gay back then. That was a comment recently made to me by an older gay man. We were discussing the gay pool party, hosted by Impulse Group South Florida, where people over ...
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Melissa Carter: In the doghouse

Melissa Carter

It's not often I'm in the doghouse with my girlfriend, Katie Jo, but lately I have attempted to make amends for a decision that was not in her best interest.

Shortly after joining the morning show at B98.5, my colleague Jeff Elliott invited us over to his new place for a homemade dinner. Days before that dinner Jeff's girlfriend, Azil, was at the station and expressed to me how excited she was to make a traditional meal for us from her home country, South Africa. I told her I was looking forward to trying it, and Azil let me know it isn't often she gets to make it and that the special occasion of our new show was an appropriate time to share this feast.

Then she asked me if there was anything Katie and I couldn't eat.

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Melissa Carter: Growing up, slowing down

Melissa Carter

This is the time of year we eat a little less and exercise a little more. Summer clothes have less fabric so it’s harder to hide the effects of a french fry fetish. But as we curse our reflections in the mirror, the very basic reality is that we simply don’t live very healthy lifestyles.Turns out, watching four hours of TV every night will always take its toll on a body.

Take the generations before us. My mother, Millie Pete, walked up to two miles to school every morning, and two miles home every evening, throughout her childhood. My father walked about a half mile each way. They each grew up on a farm, which means most of the food they ate was grown by their own families.

Yes, I know there are people who live in Whole Foods, only after they have spent an ungodly amount of time in an expensive gym. But for the rest of us, it is not as simple as needing a slap on the butt and a “You can do it” pep talk. As a generation, we just aren't active people.

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Melissa Carter: The truth about women in media

Melissa Carter

Last week was a pinnacle in my radio career. Vikki Locke invited me to speak at a “Women in Media” charity luncheon, and I was introduced by Mara Davis. I have listened to these two amazing women and looked up to them for years. 

The opportunity to speak to my mentors along with a room full of women was an honor.  What I said may not have been that encouraging, but it was the truth.

My speech was titled, “What Was Said to Me When the Microphone Was Off.” That topic could have kept me there all day.  But I limited my speech to three of the most shocking statements that had been made to me during my career.