Professional Profile: Eve WellonsBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights WCJU/WJDR’s Eve Wellons.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 16, 1957.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I attended Columbia Academy, Ole Miss, USM and Southeastern (La.). I have two master’s degrees. I have one in business and one in mental health counseling that I went back and got about 10 years later while I was working.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I work at the WCJU/WJDR radio station. Basically I make sure that everybody gets the correct number of spot sets that they order from the station. So if a business wants Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11 to 2 for this amount of time, I make sure they get what they want. I also do a lot of the radio ads like the movie ads and try to act out the characters. Then on Wednesdays, my very favorite day, is when I do the two-minute segment that I call the highlights of The Columbian-Progress by Eve. I peruse the paper and give them enough to where they want to read the paper.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: Truthfully all my life had been about being a therapist from the earliest of ages, but this was kind of a fluke. I had moved back to be closer to my mother, Lyndy, and I felt a calling to move back. Then she was diagnosed with cancer, and after she died I went to see Pam and she told me there’s a part-time job open. So I went out to interview for the job and ended up getting hired me. They didn’t think I really wanted the job, and I told them, “I promise you I want this job,” and that it would help me grieving the loss of my mom. It’s one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had with the staff that I work with, but also I feel like I’m giving our clients the best and better.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: Having the opportunity to learn new things and the people that I work with. I’m level 61 — I read somewhere that rather than saying I’m 61 years old say I’m level 61 because as you get up there it sounds better to level up — I also personally think that my job is one that I’m given a lot of opportunity there and I love that.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: Honestly the most challenging aspect for me is my own temperament when someone is trying to teach me something new. I have to write it down when I’m learning something new, and Pam used to say, “Put the paper aside,” but I need the paper. I get real upset if I can’t understand what I’m doing wrong. That’s my life theme anyway.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
A: The biggest lesson is don’t go overboard with employees that either you’ve had the opportunity to hire or that are working in the same agency. You have to be what’s called a work friend. Because one time I had somebody I had hired who I considered to be a work friend turn on me. Friends are friends and then there are work friends.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a touring singer. I take voice lessons now hoping so much to be able to sing. I can sing, but I have to be tenacious. I don’t have a talent with it and have to practice. But I’d still love to be a traveling singer.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was at an advertising agency in Jackson. It was my first job out of college. I never realized how anxious I was trying to live in this world, but I was so scared with my first job after I finished my MBA. I didn’t have any idea that I was nervous. My job opened at 8:30, and back at that time in my life I would be there at 7 trying to get things done. I was like a hamster on a running wheel doing nothing probably because I was just being nervous.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Two pounds of chocolate and a Coca-Cola.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: The Holy Land because I want to go feel it. I call myself an ambassador for God so I just want to go see that life and touch it, feel it, smell it even though I feel it every day. I want to feel it in a whole new way.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: My favorite is listening to music on Spotify. My second favorite is piddling. It means you’re actually getting things done, but you’re moving from pile to pile. Being in the outdoors would be third. All I need to do is watch a bird and I can be at peace.
Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?
A: It’s beautiful. I think the people are just astounding. Watching a town like Columbia do what it’s doing to put itself on the map is absolutely amazing. I believe God led me back here.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: My mom. Selfishly I’d like to finish some unfinished business that I know will be finished in heaven one day. But I’m just trying to jump the gun.
Q: If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do all day?
A: I would like to finish my book that I’m writing. It’s kind of about lessons learned and partially about family. It’s about a survivor.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?
A: When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It altered the course of my life in one split second.
Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never tried?
A: Minister to others as authentically as Jesus would.
Q: Using one word for each, what are your top three morals?
A: Integrity, compassion and joy. Joy that shows on your face.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I’d like to be remembered as a spiritual warrior and a warrior for God.
— Joshua Campbell