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.


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  


Audio from "She Said What?"

Chapter: Belly Up, or Return of the Dead Guppy


March 20, 2020

Worldwide Radio Summit "Make Yourself (un)Comfortable"

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Castaway Resort, Burbank CA

Event Details

March 20, 2020

Worldwide Radio Summit "Make Yourself (un)Comfortable"

Women who have made their way in non-traditionally female areas of broadcasting talk about why they started, why they stayed [or left], and where they’re going next. I'll join Sheri Lynch, Randy Thomas, Erica Farber for this panel moderated by Valerie Geller. 

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Castaway Resort, Burbank CA


"She Said What?"


Rutgers University, Newark

Event Details


"She Said What?"

Non-traditional ways of making YOUR way. 


Rutgers University, Newark


Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

Citizen Planet

Barbara Blake of Citizen Planet Inteview

RAMP 24/7

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

JUF News

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

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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



The Cory Hepola Show

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


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


The Lori and Julia Show

 Divas of Minneapolis entertainment talk made me welcome 

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