BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Lisa Mason had worked as a radio personality on 106.9 FM The Eagle for the past 17 years. Prior to that, she had a storied career in radio that started one day when she was discovered just outside of her job at the Brookwood Mall.
“She was regaling some of her friends with some kind of story and they were rolling around laughing,” remembered Lisa’s mother, Eleanor Carter, “and this guy came up and tapped her on the shoulder and said, have you every thought about doing radio?”
On Wednesday night, Mason’s fiance, parents, and close friend and colleague Brigette Canon Scott gathered around Mason’s dining room table to share stories.
“Falling in love with Lisa was the greatest adventure of my life,” her fiance, Adam Johnsey remembered. “I will miss her more than she could possibly ever imagine. She treated me like a king. She loved me so hard and selflessly. I spoiled her every chance I got. She was my best friend and my one true love.”
The group reflected on her sense of humor–as well as Mason’s many passions including mythology, animals, and of course–the people that she served throughout her career.
“Her listeners really jived with her,” Canon Scott said. “They felt her, and it was just amazing to see that.”
Her family said that Mason had developed digestive system issues, and while her doctors worked tirelessly, she ultimately succumbed to her illness. “Her doctor told her, told us, that he had never seen anyone fight like she fought,” Johnsey said. “That he was so proud of her.”
Mason’s mother said that she believed her daughter would want people to live their lives to the fullest, and to make sure that they stayed close to family and friends. She said that the family had been touched by the number of people who had come to see her in the hospital–in addition to the fans who have been reaching out over the airwaves.
“I hope that her listeners will never forget her,” said Canon Scott. “Remember her, because she did it all for them.”