Delilah (radio host)

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Delilah Rene Luke (born February 15, 1960 in Reedsport, Oregon), almost always known mononymously as Delilah, is an American radio personality, author, and songwriter, best known as the host of a nationally syndicated nightly U.S. radio song request and dedication program, with an estimated 8 million listeners.[1]

Radio show[edit]


The program, known simply as Delilah[2] begins at 7 p.m. and ends around Midnight local time. She takes calls from listeners in her home studio, providing encouragement, support and receiving musical dedication requests. The show is based in Seattle, Washington.

One of the cornerstones of Delilah's show is its use of callers. Most of the time the caller tells Delilah their situation or story and then Delilah chooses the song that she feels best matches the caller's situation. Callers are recorded during the show and replayed later, sometimes within the hour during the show. She also plays songs by direct request.

Originally heard only on weeknights, stations that carry Delilah have the option of carrying the show six or even seven nights a week, with most stations doing so at least one night of the weekend (usually Sunday) in addition to the weeknight show.

There are several versions of the program that are available.[3] The most common formats are as follows:

Delilah's show includes "Friday Nite Girls", a "fan club"-style feature in which Delilah honors groups of her regular female listeners with prizes. She occasionally also calls certain "Friday Nite Girls" chapters and speaks with them live on the air. Delilah also airs a "Delilah Dilemma" each evening in the first hour of the broadcast.


The show was originally syndicated by Broadcast Programming in the late 1990s, which was later bought by Jones Radio Networks. Delilah moved to Premiere Radio Networks in 2004, where she remains to this day. Jim Ryan, the Director of AC music programming for CBS Radio, is a consultant to the program.

Many of the stations carrying Delilah's show were owned by Premiere parent Clear Channel Communications, which led to speculation that Clear Channel would drop similar locally-produced "lovesongs" programs in New York and Los Angeles in order to place Delilah on the air in the nation's top two radio markets. In November 2006, WLTW in New York began carrying Delilah, after longtime evening hostess J.J. Kennedy was laid-off as part of a major company-wide layoff at Clear Channel (In addition, the version of the Delilah show that runs on WLTW is a separate specially tailored version of the show produced just for that station, with music programmed by local WLTW Programming). In 2007, longtime lovesongs host Zoe Bonet was dropped from KODA Houston and replaced with Delilah. In March of 2012, Delilah went on the air in Los Angeles on KFSH-FM at 95.9FM. iHeartRadio has an online Delilah station where listeners can hear the show all the time regardless of time zone or broadcast market. In early January 2014, a number of AC stations (some owned by CBS Radio) have dropped the "Delilah" program as noted on her post on her official Facebook page.[4] This was mostly due to certain AC stations (such as KVIL in Dallas) going for a Hot AC or Adult Top 40 leaning fare.


The program is popular among women between the ages of 25 and 54[dead link]. Delilah says that her show is a "safety zone where listeners take off their armor, slip into a 'Mr. Rogers' cardigan, sit around the electronic hearth and share their secrets."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Delilah is a mother of 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted (She recently adopted her 10th child).[5] Her adopted son, Sammy Young Dzolali Rene, died on March 12, 2012 of complications of sickle-cell anemia. [6] Delilah has been married four times (and divorced three times), which she tells as a common joke on the show or mentions when giving advice to her callers.[1] She is an Evangelical Christian.[1] She is a public advocate of adoption. Her on-air persona is said to be remarkably similar to her real personality.[5] In 2004, partly because of her personal experience with the foster care system, and partly because her heart was touched by a fact-finding trip to Ghana, Delilah founded a humanitarian aid, non-profit organization Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. Point Hope is focused on saving lives, providing purpose and restoring hope for foster children in America and for refugees and other vulnerable persons in Ghana and Liberia, providing a sustainable helping hand up instead of a hand-out to these persons. The work in Ghana began through providing fresh, safe drinking water, thus alleviating the suffering of Liberian refugees who were camped at Buduburam, a refugee camp that was established in Ghana following the Liberian civil war.[2]

Delilah has written three books, Love Someone Today, Love Matters, and Arms Full of Love. Delilah lives near Port Orchard, WA with her children.[5] She owns and operates a business in downtown Port Orchard, Delilah's Cozy Kitchen.

She voiced Sarah in the VeggieTales episode "Abe and the Amazing Promise", released by Big Idea Productions.

On October 27, 2012 she married her long time friend Paul at her home. The invited guests (and most of the staff) were only aware they were attending her Halloween party.[7]

Theme Music Packages[edit]

Delilah uses Reelworld cuts for nighttime theme songs over the years but with the previous theme songs from GMI Media in the late 1990s to Mid-Fall of 2006


In 2007, the show was nominated for the Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other finalists included Blair Garner, Steve Harvey, Kidd Kraddick, The Lia Show, and John Tesh.[8] In May of 2012, Delilah received a GRACIE Award celebrating influential women in the media.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Talking off-air with Delilah, the 'Queen of Sappy Love Songs'". CNN. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Show information page from Premiere Radio Networks
  3. ^ JS Online: Rancor tinges Rather's departure
  4. ^ If you're missing my show at night... [ Delilah's Official Facebook page] (Posted January 8, 2014)
  5. ^ a b c Yes, that Delilah lives in South Kitsap Kitsap Sun. 24 February 2008.
  6. ^ Delilah Loses Son; Then Loses WLIT-FM Chicagoland Radio and Media 13 March 2012.
  7. ^ halloween marriage
  8. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008. 

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