Secrets and Lives with Sue Tyler

Power 104 host and her seven sins

  • Jan. 22, 2020 7:30 a.m.

– Words by Toby Tannas Photographs By Darren Hull

For Kelowna’s Sue Tyler, walking though the doors of Power 104.7 is like coming home. The host of The Sue Tyler Show considers her listeners family. She’s been committed to reaching them through the radio for almost 30 years.

“They make my day better and if I can help them have a better day then I’ve done my job,” she says.

Raised by a single father in Ontario and being a self-proclaimed “night club baby,” Sue always dreamed of a singing/songwriting career. Reality hit and her focus shifted when she became pregnant at 19. It was a surprise she embraced with open arms.

“All I could think was now I have somebody to love me. I also knew that I needed to find a way to be a mom and support my child but also to still be Sue Tyler,” she explains.

Sue chose a radio career and has never looked back. She likens being a radio host to bartending.

“I serve and I listen. That’s the intimacy of an afternoon show. It’s just me and the phones. I do a lot more listening than talking.”

Sue has a knack for getting her mostly male audience to soften, open up and see the positive side of a situation.

This mother of four is as real as it gets and her challenge, if any, is to keep her on-air language in check.

“I try not to break the rules,” she says, chuckling. “I’m mindful there can be kids listening, but I dance on the line a little.”

The 7 Sins

ENVY:

Whose shoes would you like to walk in?

Helen Gurley Brown. If you don’t know who she was, look her up. I used to pretend she was my mom when I was a kid. My dad’s girlfriends would leave Cosmopolitan magazines at our house. Her ideology on sex and the single woman is precedent-setting.

GLUTTONY:

What is the food you could eat over and over again?

Well, I make a really mean brownie.

GREED:

You’re given $1 million that you have to spend selfishly. What would you spend it on?

I would like to go somewhere significant with my four children and husband. I am nothing without them and would love an opportunity to make their travel dreams come true.

WRATH:

Pet peeves?

I am a very annoying person … I do not feel entitled to have a pet peeve.

SLOTH:

Where would you spend a long time doing nothing?

On that big beautiful Okanagan Lake! That’s all I want to do in the summer.

PRIDE:

What is the one thing you’re secretly proud of?

Opening minds. Like many people I have been misunderstood most of my life. I do my best in my work and personal life to try and understand and respect people for their differences. To me it is the foundation of a productive society.

LUST:

What makes your heart beat faster?

My husband. Nathan Roderick Milne. No one else could put up with me. He doesn’t try to extinguish my fire for his own ego. Not many men can do that.

Story courtesy of Boulevard Magazine, a Black Press Media publication

Like Boulevard Magazine on Facebook and follow them on Instagram

EntertainmentLifestyle

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

COVID-19 is an opportunity for change

An editorial for the Barriere Star / Journal

Chamber of commerce asks people to shop local

A letter to the editor of the Barriere Star / Journal

Are you changing your habits because of Covid-19?

Arne Tolborg: Yes, more hand-washing. I work for the school district so… Continue reading

Barriere responds to Covid-19 crisis

As the sign in the photograph says, all Barriere and District Seniors’… Continue reading

B.C. records five new COVID-19 deaths, ‘zero chance’ life will return to normal in April

Province continue to have a recovery rate of about 50 per cent

John Horgan extends B.C.’s state of emergency for COVID-19

Premier urges everyone to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice

B.C.’s first community COVID-19 death was dentist ‘dedicated’ to health: lawyer

Vincent was 64 when he died on March 22 after attending the Pacific Dental Conference

Two inmates at prison housing Robert Pickton test positive for COVID-19

Correctional Service of Canada did not release any details on the identities of the inmates

BC SPCA launches matching campaign to help vulnerable animals after big donations

Two BC SPCA donors have offered up to $65,000 in matching donations

Quarantined B.C. mom say pandemic has put special-needs families in ‘crisis mode’

Surrey’s Christine Williams shares family’s challenges, strengths

Anti-tax group calls for MPs, senators to donate scheduled pay raises to charity

Bill C-30, adopted 15 years ago, mandates the salary and allowance increases each calendar year

Two arrested after man lies about COVID-19 illness to stay in Victoria Airbnb for free

Victoria Police found stolen goods inside the occupied unit

Liberals delay release of 75% wage subsidy details, costs: Morneau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Most Read