WILLIAMSTOWN -- A visit with 93-year-young Sally Hille is an energizing experience.
Hille celebrated her 90th birthday by going back into her beloved career of radio. She does the "Good News for Seniors" podcast that airs 10:35 a.m. each Sunday on WMOA-AM 1490. It can also be found at jstyer.podomatic.com.
She believes in pursuing what you love without thinking about age. Nobody knew how old she was for so long that she nearly forgot herself.
"I always lied about my age," Hille said. "They made a mistake on my license and made me six years younger. My husband was five years younger than me. My friends were all younger. At 90, I decided to come out of the closet and tell my age. I thought 90 should be celebrated."
Hille stays busy swimming, spending time with family and friends, taking classes and enjoying winter months at her Florida home, where she continues to do her weekly radio show. Her son, Steve, set up the necessary computer software for the podcast.
Hille has made the most of every decade of her life. Her upbeat attitude is contagious.
She was born April 30, 1920, in Auburn, Ind., a small town of about 6,000. She enjoyed riding bikes, playing outdoors in the evening and taking a stab at writing a book when she was just 12. "The Sad Life of Jane," illustrated by a friend, was never published, but that did not discourage her from continuing to write stories and poetry.
After high school, she worked in a drug store with dreams of going to college. Then war broke out, and times were tough with everything rationed from sugar and shoes to gas.
In the early 1940s, she was visiting friends in Dayton, Ohio, when she landed a job at a radio station. She later went to Ohio State University part-time while working at a station in Columbus. While her boss was away, she begged the announcer "to let me make the break."
"I was 19 or 20," she said. "I was never afraid of a microphone. I said 'this is WCOL in Columbus, Ohio.' When the boss came back, he was mad. He said 'women's voices are not wanted on the air.'<#148>
She later got a job at a larger station as a junior continuity writer.