Maxwell, Pam & Heather

Heather’s Hit List- My Dumb Smartphone

I remember it like it was yesterday….because it was yesterday. The fear gripped me tight, my heart was racing, my mind jumping from one terrible scenario to the next. What about my friends and loved ones, all those moments we’ve shared? Would I ever talk to them again? How would I get through even the next 10 minutes without my precious baby? Yes, I had lost….my smartphone.

I’ll admit my reaction to momentarily losing my cellphone in the couch cushions is irrational, and it’s all my fault. Pam, imagine that in a split second, you misplaced your alarm clock, phone and address book, personal calendar, camera with over a thousand stored pictures, and laptop computer. I was LOST without it.

Remember when we used cellphones to make calls? Yeah, me neither. When my phone actually RINGS these days it’s either my mom or a pre-recorded telemarketer that leaves creepy messages. I’m not sure anyone younger than the age of 20 is even aware that phones can be used to make calls- all they do is text! Or send Snapchat videos and Instagrams.

Does ANYONE actually take pictures with a camera, then go to Walgreen’s and print them out and painstakingly arrange them in a photo album? I haven’t developed a picture in years! Every moment I’ve deemed worthy of capturing with a picture is in my stupid phone or on Facebook.

The alarm clock with the giant glowing numbers was retired years ago in favor of the phone sitting by my head on the nightstand, and rudely waking me up with the most annoying melody EVER. Even more annoying that BEEP BEEP BEEP. I have over a thousand songs stored on my phone. And don’t even ask me how my day looks or what Max’s number is without my phone. I’m incapable of remembering anything without it.

I guess what I’m trying to say is….the smarter the phone, the dumber the person? I sure felt dumb frantically looking around for my phone like I’d lost a loved one. Pam, maybe you and your dumb phone are on to something!


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather