Morris in the Morning: my secret motivational jazz radio station
When I get up in the morning, I usually slump out of bed, roll over, and drag myself to the kitchen. Mornings are awful. Nobody knows that better than Morris Baxter, the lovely voice host of Morris in the Morning; a jazz radio segment in the morning. Morris charms listeners with his insightful commentary, encouraging words, and wise parables. Every single day, my brother and I drive to school and listen to his voice over sweet jazz music. Morris has become such an integral part of my life that I have the WLCK phone number, 404-880-8807, written down in my contacts list. But who is this mysterious bringer of joy and happiness?
Upon researching Morris, I’ve learned a few things: he lived in Detroit, he has worked in the radio business for a long, long time, and his story is a motivational parable in its own. See, Morris Baxter was not always as wise and happy as he appears to be now. Morris moved to Atlanta for the job opportunity of a lifetime: the National Promotions Manager for Loud/Sony records. Morris worked on projects with platinum-selling artists as big as Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, and Big Pun. Obviously, Morris was getting paid the big bucks, and his voice was even featured on the multi-platinum selling album Another Level. The job was stressful, and not every record was a big hit.
Our hero’s journey takes a turn for the worst in 2002, when Morris lost his job at Sony Records. Morris had to figure out the direction he wanted to take his life, and started anew. It was hard. The transition away from a million dollar paying job made Morris negative and depressed. However, Morris regrew with a mindset of gratefulness, honesty, and love. These virtues are echoed in the music he plays, the messages he tells us, and the feeling he gives the listeners of Morris in the Morning.
Why should you listen to Morris in the Morning on 91.9 from 6:00am-10:00am on weekdays? I’ll tell you why! Every single day is a struggle! The outside world is against us! Our minds are always at battle with jealousy, doubt, fear, anxiety, and anger. It can be so hard for us to love the outside world. Morris in the Morning offers salvation from these thoughts. The jazz is calming, and Morris gives you insight on how to become a better person. As someone who finds the morning to be an unbearable barrage of loud noise, a fusillade of bright light bulbs, and a source of grief and despair, I find that my worries vanish as soon as I hear Morris tell me that the world is beautiful.
To quote my hero, “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste; and remember what peace there may be in silence.” –Morris Baxter, Morris in the Morning