Where did the name CoCo come from?
I say that my Grandma gave me the name, but that’s not where the name came from. It just got picked up in radio school. When I went to radio school, I was the only girl in my class and you have to come up with a radio name and it was DJ Miss. Coconuts. I dropped the “nuts” after I graduated. I didn’t think it would ever stick, but I have been CoCo now for about 17 years. Everyone thinks it’s my real name, so if any one asks, it is on my birth certificate.
Did you always dream of being a radio personality?
I did a research paper in high school during my senior year over careers, and everyone was doing doctors and lawyers, and I was like – boring. It was so cookie cutter. So I started doing research on people like Howard Stern, because I knew I would love to do that. My teacher didn’t give me a good grade. She said it wasn’t a real job. Now I am like ta-da, here I am.
Would you consider yourself a morning person?
Adjusting to the morning show was very difficult, because I went from Happy Hour and getting home super late. So when I started getting here around 4:30am, I was like, what the heck. But now I am used to it. It takes a lot of caffeine and tacos, if there is free food here, we are like wolves getting over to that break room.
What are you doing when you’re not on air?
I recently got this dog. He is a rescue, and he changed my life. So when I would normally be watching hours and hours of reality TV, I will take him out to the Oso Wetlands trail. His name is Tupper, as we found him here on Tupper Lane about nine months ago. I think he saved me more than I saved him.
What do you love about country music, and who are your favorite artists?
I love the stories, and now that I am married I hear a song and I am like, that’s my husbands. My husband and I danced to “Then” by Brad Paisley when we got married. I love Taylor Swift, I know that she is a teeny bopper, but I like her. I also like Willy Nelson, and Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. If I’m not listening to K99, then I am either listening to Christian music or I Heart the `90s on the I Heart Radio App. I just love when it tells a story or it reminds me of my husband or my mom or a best friend.
How did you any your husband meet?
We met at Taco Bell eight years ago and have been together ever since. Our five-year anniversary is in April. We are going to start the In Vitro process to have a baby. My husband recently sold his 2016 Dodge Challenger so we could have a baby. There was a lot of prayer that went into selling his car and us having a baby, so we are really excited and praying for God’s favor on this, because it’s about $20,000 for one time. My husband is probably the most incredible, fun, loving person that keeps up with my crazy. He met his match when he got married, but has always rolled right along with me and has been extremely supportive.
What has been your coolest celebrity experience?
The first time I met Willy Nelson was ridiculous. I was 21, and I remember he was so sweaty when he finished playing at Carl’s Corner. When he hugged me I kind of touched my face to his cheek and I remember thinking, I am never going to wash my face again. It had Willy Nelson’s sweat on it. Then I got to pick up Tim McGraw like a baby a couple years ago. I literally picked him up, and that was my meet and greet picture. I literally have a picture of Tim McGraw in my arms, holding him like a baby. Everybody was shocked. Miranda Lambert was a bartender backstage one night. That was cool, but I ordered a Sprite.