She Said What?
A Life on the Air by Turi Ryder

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She Said What?

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About the Book

Radio. It's almost as easy as marriage and motherhood.

The excitement of a career on the air! Listeners asking for advice on dressing their girlfriends in leather bustiers; managers who believe every professional woman longs for a bouquet on Secretaries' Day; Saturday nights giving away free T-shirts and beer in country music bars; reporting on a day in the life of a dominatrix—all while juggling two kids, rescue dogs, and one cross-country move after another. Live the dream with Turi Ryder, a music jock and talk host on major-market stations from Chicago to Los Angeles, with stops in Minneapolis, Portland, and San Francisco along the way. This darkly comical, bitingly accurate, and lovingly fictionalized memoir will ring true for anyone who has longed for both a creative life and a family to come home to.


Turi Ryder

Turi Ryder is a music and talk radio host whose voice is known to listeners in Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon. Her not-quite-empty nest features a broadcasting studio and, variously, one spouse, two children, a rescued German Shepherd, and numerous marauding chickens.

Radio Archives

What They're Saying

"Your book is FLIPPING Brilliant! I am laughing constantly."

- Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author, Extreme Measures 

“A brilliant and hilarious book about the late great world of radio, written by a woman who knows it as well, if not better, than anyone who’s ever worked in it.” 

- Phil Hendrie, Satirist

“This rollicking expose of the radio industry is witty, dishy and delightful.  Anyone interested in how media treats female talent will come away enlightened—and concerned.” - Beryl Satter, author, Family Properties

“Turi Ryder has a most unique voice that broke through the sound proof ceiling in radio where women were and still are few. She is passionate, brilliant, and very very funny."

 -Charles Randolph-Wright, Director, Motown The Musical
"It’s a great read! But I should probably say I hated it.” -Bill Handel, KFI Radio

"If Joan Rivers, David Sedaris, Terry Gross, and Howard Stern conspired to defy the laws of reproductive science, their daughter would be Turi Ryder. Loaded with characters. I found myself laughing out loud."

- Joshua Safran, Author, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid  

On Air/ On Line

That's Gold with Steve Hytner

I join Steve Hytner for his Vegs-based Podcast. You will learn what's wrong with breakfast in bed. And I say "f---" in front of a microphone. Twice.

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Live With Mantz and Mitchell

Seattle's Mantz and Mitchell let you hear  how I stole books and survived Kansas.

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The John Erickson I-Heart Radio Channel

Radio Legend John Erickson reviews my entire life and the mayhem I created during my short-lived stint in Portland

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

C.J.: Former KSTP-AM talker Turi Ryder wishes she had become more kindhearted but naaah

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Citizen Planet

Barbara Blake of Citizen Planet Inteview

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RAMP 24/7

Scroll down to the end of the newsletter to find out how long it took to write She Said What?

RAMP 24/7

JUF News

Robert Nagler Miller  writes The Federation's Arts and Culture Column

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Part 2 of CJ's Series on "She Said What?"

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The Cory Hepola Show

Cory asked about that time I said the one word you're not supposed to say....ever.

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The Steve Cochran Show hosted Wendy Snyder and me before our big Women of Chicago Radio event

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The Lori and Julia Show

 Divas of Minneapolis entertainment talk made me welcome 



Audio from "She Said What?"

Chapter: Belly Up, or Return of the Dead Guppy

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