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Leigh Ann Adam

When Sex and the City aired its last episode more than a decade ago, women from all over the world felt like they had lost their best friends as well. Not many shows can touch on the female psyche with such witty banter and all-too-relatable experiences in the same manner as the beloved series. But for a little over a year now, KVIL’s Leigh Ann Adam has filled in that gap with her afternoon radio show, Leigh Ann & Courtney Kerr Uncorked, which airs from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. And soon, North Texas residents won’t be the only ones privy to the duo’s often off-the-wall discussions—the show was recently picked up to air nationally. Leigh Ann — born in Ohio and raised in Nebraska — currently lives in McKinney with her high school-sweetheart husband Shane and two children Caden, 15 and Hailey 13. Their eldest son Seth, 28 lives in New York.

How old are you? Are you kidding me? Do you have to know that? I’m 29 again, for like, the 20th time…
 
How long have you lived in North Texas?
Nine years
 
Where were you before that?
Los Angeles
 
If you weren’t in Dallas, where would you be?
Probably Los Angeles again. It’s the only other place [I’d want to live in]. Sometimes, I miss it; the craziness of [L.A.]. But if I had to choose, I’d probably stay here. 
 
What was the last thing you did before I called you?
I drove my daughter to school — speeding, in sweatpants, braless, hoping I wouldn’t get pulled over — again! (It’s happened once before.)
 
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my phone to see if I have any Facebook messages (laughs) … how pathetic is that?
 
What time is your alarm set for?
8:42 a.m. I’m one of those lucky moms. My husband takes my son to school. My son has to be at school at 5:15 a.m. and I am not a morning person. My daughter doesn’t have to be at school until 9:45, so I get to sleep in a little bit, which is perfect for me. 
 
What’s the last thing you do before going to bed?
Read. I have an obsession with reading; I have to read every day.
 
What book is currently on your iPad/Kindle?
Let me look — I guarantee you it’s a romance novel. OMG, I’m so embarrassed, it’s called The Mistress. It’s not very good, but yes, [I like romance novels]. I’m not going to lie to you, but 50 Shades of Grey was probably, like, my favorite book ever. I love all those smutty romance novels.    
 
If your life were a song, what would it be?
Katy Perry’s “Roar”
 
If your life were a movie, what would it be?
Bridesmaids because that’s my crazy life… Our show is like that, kind of. Our show is like one big party on the air. My co-host [Courtney Kerr] doesn’t have children and I do have children. That’s what makes the show work. The show is called Uncorked for a reason — we both have a little bit of wine on the air, and we have a good time. Sometimes it gets a little out of control. I try to keep it reigned in because I am the mom. [Courtney is] probably more the like one walking through the airplane, freaking out a little bit. I would be the over-the-top-one planning everything, down to the butterfly floating out of the invitation. Except people would like me — I hope!
 
Three things in your purse besides your cell phone and wallet:
Lipstick (I have seven lipsticks in my purse). I have an Atomic Fireball (the candy) and Hollywood fashion tape, ’cause you never know when you’re going to need that.
 
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My Rosebud Salve. I have it in my purse, one in my nightstand, and I have one by my makeup mirror. I’m addicted to it.
 
I heard you gave birth on air? How’d that happen?
We did a radio stunt in Los Angeles, just when Internet websites were becoming popular with radio stations, and so they asked me if I’d be willing to do a radio stunt and say that I was giving birth on the radio and on the Internet. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll do it.” What they did was just put the webcam behind me. It was just a stunt but it actually turned out to be a dramatic thing—it turned out to be an emergency C-section, which we weren’t expecting…
 
How long have you been doing Uncorked?
This week (at press time) is our one-year anniversary. [You can catch our show on] KVIL.com and Radio.com. And we’re about to go national. I’m not sure if the world is ready for us, but we’re ready for the world!
 
What do you talk about on the air?
We talk about everything that girls talk about — stuff you would talk about with your girlfriends. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you’re not going to talk about these things, you know.
 
White wine or red:
Without a doubt, red
 
Best wine you’ve had on air:
Estancia Pinot Noir is our go-to.
 
Favorite wine region:
Mine would be Sonoma County
 
Any awkward moments on air you’d be willing to share?
I laughed so hard one time I peed in my pants a little bit. I mean just a little. I can’t believe I said that but it’s true.
 
Dream concert:
I would love to see Madonna again, I think. But my actual dream show just happened recently, and that was to be able to take my daughter to see Taylor Swift and take her back stage to let her meet Taylor. And it was just everything and more than I could imagine. Taylor was so sweet to my daughter. I can’t say enough good things about her and what a great role model she is. 
 
Last celebrity you spoke to:
Bono from U2
 
Favorite item in your closet:
My Christian Louboutins because I bought those for a special moment
 
Do you cook at home?
That’s like asking me if I fly a plane. No I don’t cook. My husband loves to cook so I don’t see what the problem is! (laughs)
 
Best part about being a mom:
The unconditional love; the joy of seeing them growing up; the accomplishments that they do; they make me laugh everyday.
 
Any thoughts on the work-and-motherhood balance?
I think it’s possible. I have a great husband who helps me so much. It just takes a lot of work, a lot of work.
 
What’s one rule your kids ignore?
With Caden, it’s waiting till the last minute to do his homework. With Hailey, it’s staying off her phone and watching YouTube videos.
 
What’s the one rule they’re never allowed to break?
They’re not supposed to break bedtime rules. I make them turn in their phones at a certain time.
 
If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would it be?
Angelina Jolie. I don’t why, but I just really like her a lot. I would like to talk to her about her job, being a mom, her decision to have the all the surgeries she’s had, her marriage to Brad — I’m intrigued by her.
 
Three things moms should not feel guilty about:
Drinking wine, watching reality TV, and spending private time with their husbands
 
What do you wish you had more time for?
My husband — just being able to go out on dates and stuff
 
One thing your kids have taught you:
Well, it’s still a lesson I’m trying to learn, and that is patience. They’re teaching me, but it’s a work in progress. And also to really enjoy things more and to take more time to enjoy the smaller things.
 
Your good habit you’d like to pass on to your children:
Work ethic
                                                                                                
Your bad habit you hope they won’t pick up:
I stress a lot.
 
Hardest part about being a mom:
Worrying. Am I going to be able to buy them a car? Pay for college? I worry about the future though I should really take the time to enjoy each day.
 
What’s harder: taking care of tots or teenagers?
Teenagers. This is going to sound so horrible, but I had a nanny when I had a toddler.
 
Most recent proud mom moment:
My son Seth — who lives in NYC and works for GLAAD — was just honored by PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 & Under at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
 
One superpower you wish you had
I wish I could read people’s minds.
 
Best gift ever gotten:
My kids
 
Best gift ever given:
My kids

Published December 2015