Last year, during the CMAO softball game at Labatt Park, I met Whitney South, an editor for Our London magazine. We were in the stands, watching the game, a shared love for what we do, and the people we do it with. We hit it off immediately.
In the months to follow, I found out that she had a unique interview style that made country music artists feel at ease. They would let down their guard with her and often, she could make them laugh. She is a brilliant photographer and her shot of Dallas Smith at Trackside Music Festival last summer is featured on the side of our Country 104 bus.
She has developed friendships with several country artists through her work, including Brett Kissell, Dallas Smith, Meghan Patrick, James Barker Band, River Town Saints and many others.
But today, she wrote her last column for Our London. Several weeks ago, she and her colleagues were told that the paper was being shut down due to a corporate exchange of media properties. Their services would no longer be needed. I can’t imagine what it feels like to know that your job is disappearing, and you still have to remain professional and continue on with what you do until that deadline arrives. I know she’ll find a job because she is a talented journalist, but my heart breaks for her and her co-workers. Thank you Whitney and the team at Our London for being so kind to Country 104. We will miss working with you.