A huge part of my life were the 6 and half years I spent as the producer of the Dr. Dean Edell radio show(’93 to ’99). Dean brought me on as side kick, I had “Daphne’s corner” and even a theme song thanks to Amy Turner! He and Jeff Fischgrund gave me my first ever TV job as his on screen “screener” for his TV show “Hey, Dr. Dean”. So I would love the guy for the breaks he gave me, but I really love him because in the words of my mom “he re-raised you.” He has been an incredible mentor, friend, second dad. Whether listening to my drama unfold on some dating situation to career advice he was there for me. I relied on him so much that when I gave notice, because I wanted to spread my wings creatively, do more TV, probably return home to LA ( we were in San Francisco) I gave him a years notice.
Now the syndicated radio show, the syndicated TV, the local TV are all behind him as he enjoys retirement with his wonderful wife Sharon. My kids ( and Mark and I) love visiting them at their sprawling country spread in Mendocino. We are as close as family, but as relaxed as friends. On our most recent trip I said, “Hey, let’s do a video.” You can hear the sounds of the country. Dean said, “we could prop the camera up over there.” But, someone volunteered to be the camera person.
I’m filled with joy that our friendship continues.