Ladies of SunFM
April Lyn KimbleThe April Show, 2-7 weekdays, Sun FM Vernon, Tanning Tech, Zumba instructor and Roller Derby skater.April Kimble always wanted to work in radio; she confesses that while attending high school in Ontario, she hung out at radio stations and at Toronto’s Muchmusic. After 8 years in the biz, she’s had some memorable moments. She’s been on stage with the Trailer Park boys and emceed the Much Music Soda Pop tour last summer. She organized Zumba for a Cause, packing the dance studio and danced to raise money for the Have a Heart Radiothon, (a fundraiser for Vernon Jubilee Hospital) - this year almost 57 k- and counting!April loves Zumba because “it’s like having the dance rehearsal I never had when I was younger- smiling faces looking up at me, a great workout- and I can wear sparkles every time I teach- no questions asked!” She is inspired by co-workers Brian and Betty, of the Sunrise show, though in her teen years she idolized Kelowna radio pesonality Tarzan Dan.She doesn’t get paid to play roller derby. In fact, all skaters pay monthly fees, and must help with volunteering. “It takes a lot of hard work from a lot of amazing people to run this Non profit organization! I am on the board of directors, handle media relations, and I get the girls food and sponsors! We were on TSN last summer- how cool was it that we were featured on Sports Centre across Canada?”Volunteering and fundraising are a big part of April’s life. The Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association has held fundraising games for cancer, raised money for a new floor for the Hassen Arena, which we share with a lot of other teams in the community. She’s been a Big Sister and emceed dozens of charity eventsFavourite Quote: "The man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." - Muhammed AliSonia Sidhu Morning Show Announcer at 99.9 Kelowna’s #1 Hit Music Station, 99.9 SunFMSonia Sidhu has been in the biz 8 years and is proud to co-host the #1 Morning Show in Kelowna (rated by BBM) Sonia’s favorite past times - second only to annoying co-host Kevin Lim - are definitely shopping and watching terrible reality shows. She unabashedly admits her addiction to Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Big Brother.Sonia’s life is pretty much an open book. Every morning on the show, she and Kevin talk about anything and everything. Though she’s moved around a lot in her career, and met many amazing people, she’s stayed very close to the girls she’s grown up with. “As I get older, I’m realizing how rare it is to have the same support systemas you grow older.” Sonia and Kevin obviously have a blast together every morning, and sometimes they get each other in a few awkward situations. Like the time Sonia called Kevin’s mom on Mother’s Day to get some dirt on his embarrassing moments. She got a bit more than she bargained for when Kevin’s Mom told Kelowna listeners that as a youngster, Kevin had an ‘incident’ where he peed his pants while standing at the front door. “OOPSY!” Sonia jokes, “Let’s just say, he was a little Pee’d off. But the payback wasn’t so great...when he called my Mom and she told him I was a terrible toddler and always made a scene at grocery stores when I didn’t get my way. Oops! So now I guess we’re known in Kelowna as the girl who’s a brat and the guy who has bladder control issues.”Kevin and Sonia have been best friends for almost 10 years and having the chance to work together has been incredible. Sonia has had so many memorable moments in radio - like the penny drives for Kelowna General Hospital and raising thousands of dollars for new equipment. Sonia conquering her fear of heights by going zip lining “That one still freaks me out just thinking about it.”I’m one of the lucky few in the world who wake up every morning for work and get excited to start the day. I love it! Favourite Quote: "In the end it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away" - Shing XiongBetty SelinBetty Selin is an award winning professional journalist and broadcaster of more than 30 years. She is also a Mother, Wife, Grandmother and community volunteer.In April, Betty received the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association Lifetime Achievement Award, only the third woman in Canada to receive this honour. Her work in the industry was also recognized with a Jack Webster Fellowship. During her role as Regional News Director for Astral Radio’s 23 stations in the BC Interior, her Okanagan team won more than two dozen provincial and national news awards. A career highlight and one of her proudest moments was during the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire in Kelowna. Betty was the News Director and led the news team as two music intensive radio stations went to 24-7 News-talk. Their efforts were recognized by the Radio Television News Directors Association and Canadian Association of Broadcasters with four awards, but most importantly by the community. E-mails and phone calls swamped the switch board with thank-you messages for keeping residents informed.As Regional News Director, Betty participated before the CRTC on seven occasions, as news spokesperson for various applications by Astral Radio, and previous owners of the Vernon station. She’s one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious “Woman of the Year” Award in Vernon. In 2005 she was named the North Okanagan Community Life Society “Good Gal of the Year”.Betty loves spending time with family and friends, hanging out at her cabin, traveling, slo-pitch, volleyball and, of course, adding to her shoe collection. She also loves doing Stand Up comedy, partly “because it scares the bejeezus out of me and I love the connection with a live audience. I often joke my retirement plan is freedom 85, but starts with doing Stand Up on cruise ships so I can afford to see the world.