Two radio personalities make a difference on and off the air

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J.T. and Leanne.

Husband and wife, partners in life.

"Married with microphones.. it's cloudy and 52 degrees," Leanne said on the radio at Mix 103 FM.

There is nothing cloudy or chilly about their drive to make a difference on the air and far away from the microphones in the community.

"The best way to help people is to get the message out," said J.T., a 20-year radio veteran from St. Louis, Mo.

While J.T. and Leanne say they love their jobs, it's events like the Children's Miracle Network, a radiothon for Children's Hospital in Birmingham where the broadcasters say they find their true fulfillment; giving back.

Last week the fundraiser raised a record amount for Children's Hospital.

"$46,500! said Leanne.

"There's no greater gift than charity," she added.

That includes raising money for the Easter Seals, the Montgomery Humane Society, the list just goes on and on.

"It's really a blessing," J.T. said.

A case in point.

J.T. and Leanne did their part on the air to welcome back Corporal David Brown, a Montgomery motorcycle police officer critically injured during a funeral procession.

"I know we played a part to help raise money for the trust fund to help him with medical expenses," said J.T.

J.T. and Leanne say they average about three major events a week on top having to be up before most of us even get out of bed and on the air by 5:30 in the morning.

They will tell you though they wouldn't have it any other way.

"It puts life in perspective," said Leanne.

"It is absolutely true that it's better to give than to receive," J.T. said.

J.T. and Leanne are among just 4 married couples in America with their own morning radio show with a listening audience of more than 50,000 over a 4-hour period throughout the River Region.

It's a hard schedule.

"As the old saying goes, 'the show must go on,' said J.T.

And go on it does.

Lending their voices and giving a hand, J.T. and Leanne, married with microphones and making a difference.. together.

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