Earlier this week, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Jodi Orr, who was known as Taylor on BX93. I can't remember when I first met "Taylor", but I do remember saying, "I listen to you in the afternoons." She said, "Oh, so you're the one." She had a way of making people laugh, even if it was at her own expense.
Despite having worked in radio for many years, she did her very first interview on air last May with Eric Ethridge. Taylor was very nervous before Eric arrived but she was equally excited to meet him and I remember thinking that she rocked that interview.
The next time I saw her was a month later at the 2017 CMA Ontario Awards when BX93 won an award for Radio Station of the Year. I was really early for the show and sat outside for awhile and Jodi/Taylor came to say hello. I will always remember how nice she was and that she took the time to remember me. I don't think any of the announcers expected to win that day, but when they did, it was a very happy moment and they did London proud. I'm so glad I was able to capture it.
The last time I spoke with Jodi in person was at The Wine and Food Show in January where she did an interview with Wes Mack. Again, you could feel her excitement.
At the end of the interview, I asked her if anybody was coming to the market in the near future. At the time she didn't know, but she enthusiastically told me to text her at the station in case she heard anything. "And make sure you put your name so I know it's you!" I had just texted Jodi to ask this same question a few weeks ago.
One of the last things I heard her talk about on the radio was making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a pie iron. I imagined that was like if it was a BBQ PBJ. I thought this was so gross, but the way she described it was so funny, I couldn't stop laughing. I will miss her sense of humor on the radio and in person. I will also never forget her friendly nature. The world definitely needs more people like Jodi and she is already greatly missed.