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Woman of Wilson: MJ Lucas

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MJ Lucas

Folks don't have to look very hard to find this week's Woman of Wilson - just turn your radio dial to WANT 98.9FM and you'll find the cheerful voice of MJ Lucas.

Lucas, who was born and raised in Ocala, Florida, has been a fan favorite at the station for the past 17 years.

"It had always been a dream of mine to be in radio since I was a little kid," she said of her 28-year career. "I would go down to our local radio station, press my nose up against the glass and watch the DJs working, watch the AP wire run and just dream."

Lucas' dream did come true. Through her job she has had the opportunity to interview country music artists like Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins and John Conlee, race car drivers, authors and television personalities. "I enjoy interviewing the non-mainstream people like Phil McGraw, Jay Bush of Bushes Baked Beans or Tom Bodett of Motel 6. Tom came up with the tagline for Motel 6 - We'll leave the light on for you - off the top of his head when in the beginning his commercial was short. I love finding out that stuff," she said.

She also gets to select tunes to play for her audience each day that reflects a bit of her own personality. "I love the classic country artists and I'm a big fan of songwriters," she said, adding that Hal Ketchum, Miranda Lambert, Gary Allan and Gretchen Wilson are among her favorites to play.

When she isn't in the studio, Lucas can be found lending her voice to local organizations and activities, including Relay for Life, Sherry's Run, CASA, United Way, Go Johnny Go and Cannonballs for Charis, or out on the lake.

"I love the outdoors, especially the water. You'll find me most weekends on the lake on my boat," she said. "I love both the ocean and the lake."

Lucas also loves her fur babies, dogs Brewster and Truffles.

She said that animals have been close to her heart since childhood. "My mother was a big animal lover. We always had horses and dogs. I've always been around them and loved animals."

Lucas said a woman who she admires is her grandmother, Charlotte Johnson.

"I always knew she loved me, she made me feel safe and made sure I learned about God and church. I always credit her with the good in me," she added.

Lucas was also very close with her great-grandmother, Maude Brown. "She taught me everything a little kid should know - from telling time to learning the Lord's Prayer. They both meant the world to me and I love them very much."

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