True to her name, Sunny Goodman was one lady who always seemed to be trying to make BlogTalkRadio a better place. She had a passion for helping new hosts that amazes me, and every host that she helped became a friend; and not just on a superficial level, but a genuine friend.
I have spent some time this week gathering the warm memories of her friends and fellow hosts. I knew Sunny to be happiest when surrounded with friends, and I think this is the best that we all at BTR can remember her.
From Alan Levy; Founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio:
I will always recall seeing Sunny’s show appear on the program guide early each day. While we are hosting more than 1200 shows a day now, a few years ago seeing Sunny’s show appear in the guide was a breath of fresh air.
There are so many great memories of Sunny laced throughout the pages of this site and the feelings in our hearts.
Amy Beard/Laughing Lady has said:
I first met Sunny at her show the Brrash Pack more than two years ago. I went to her morning show Sunny Days almost every day since she started it about 300 episodes ago. I also helped her co-host the show a few times. When I was a brand new BTR listener (I followed Flylady to get here), the Brrash Pack was one of the first shows I listened to. The very first time I entered the chat room Sunny greeted me on the air and in the chat room by name. As a new listener, it was like being greeted by the Queen to hear your own name LIVE on the WWW! And every time I even entered a chat room where she was, I knew I would be greeted by “AAAAAAMMMMMMMMYYYYYYY” long before I could manage to type hello to her! It was like a race for me to try! She made me feel welcome on BTR. She also put so much of her own time and energy and spirit into helping other hosts learn and improve their shows because she believed in the making the platform great. I was so honoured when she asked me to help her record the Audacity training session with her. Again, I felt like I was being asked to help a celebrity! She wanted us all to be our best and she easily brought that out for us. I loved reading her posts in the forum! She always made me laugh and that is something I value highly.
Sunny used to refer to Alan Levy as “Daddy” since he started the whole BTR family. I bet you would find many who would think of Sunny as a “Sister” for taking care of all of us and being the best cheerleader, listener, laugher, and friend for each of us.
It is difficult to talk about Sunny as I miss her so much already. I am glad to hear that she was at peace and ready for the transition but I don’t think any of the rest of us were anywhere near ready to say goodbye. One thing that astonishes me as I talk to more people about their memories of her is that she seemed to be a “best friend” to so MANY people! She found time to get to know and correspond with dozens of people. I know I too had several long phone calls with her where we laughed and laughed and kept on talking. What a beautiful friend.
I always felt that she was the Yin to mine and Blogstein‘s Yang. While we find great joy in helping people with dashes of sarcasm, SunnySunny seemed to be the one and only person who could make fun of Blogstein without suffering his wrath. LOL! was always a straight shooter and helped in the kindest of ways. I took great joy in the way that
In a true testimony of just how helpful she was, I was told that she answering questions and being helpful in the forums just a mere six hours before passing. I have a bad day and I can’t stand to even read the questions. She was terminally ill and was still plugging away at it, probably with a smile on her face.
AMAZING! She was simply an amazing person. I wish we could all have just one ounce of her positivity!
Morgan Lawrence has said:
How can I begin to define the loss of a friend and a person that bought as much sunshine and laughter into our lives as this lady did. Words seem exponentially inadequate when I consider the mornings that she brought music, laughter and always interesting conversation to us all. We did roughly 150 shows together and I loved when she would refer to me as her Ed McMahon. doing a show like hers was not just BTR but an experience that on each and every show left me and the audience wanting more. I loved and will miss Sunny but in the future on other shows she touched, a little place in the back of my head will be saying WWSS (What Would Sunny Say). We were honored to be in her midst and the world is a lesser place without her. Peace be with You Sunny because in my heart and soul you are somewhere sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink and a smile listening to us all down here.
I am having a really hard time dealing with Sunnys passing. We emailed, skyped and talked on the phone everyday! I am sorry that I cant talk to long…..my heart breaks everytime that I think about her being gone.
Jon Parrett says:
She called me 2 weeks before she passed and told me that she only had a week or 2 left. She was very upbeat and made jokes the whole time until our goodbyes. She was a beautiful person as you know and I already miss her long winded but humorous phone calls. She loved BTR and the friends she had who end up (as you know) feeling like family.
From Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters:
Sunny and I first became BTR friends as a result of our love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. When Sunny called in to Movie Addict HeadquartersSunny Days” every weekday morning. Sunny’s knowledge of films, music and other showbiz things simply bowled me over. But her wonderful gift of encouraging — even inspiring — listeners to be silly and have fun was even more important to me. She enriched my life, and I will never forget her. During my interview with Barry Bostwick, who played Brad in that outrageous horror musical, she exclaimed, “I can’t believe I’m talking to my Brad!” – and I knew right away that we had a lot in common. Naturally, I started listening to “Sunny Days” every weekday morning. Sunny’s knowledge of films, music and other showbiz things simply bowled me over. But her wonderful gift of encouraging — even inspiring — listeners to be silly and have fun was even more important to me. She enriched my life, and I will never forget her.
Eazyrider has added:
sunny always spoke of her escapes as a valley girl when she was young. she told us about the movie stars her and her girlfriend would go partying with. I know sunny enjoyed the flower child era in California. she also talked about driving around the streets of California listening to music in a convertible on route 66. she was a free sprit for sure!
And from me:
Once upon a time John Sweet and I wrote poetry at a site called writer’s café. BTR was very young then. John Sweet and I hosted a poetry show together called WSN Radio, and we promoted it heavily all over the café. One night, Sunny Goodman followed us from the café to BTR, never to leave BTR the same again. I can still hear her voice calling into our shows; “Hi! This is Sunny!” and she never missed a show. She left the café and stayed with BTR. She went on to help and befriend so many people in BTR 101, The Training Show, The BlogTalkRadio Forum, and many other places I don’t even know about, no doubt.
Sunny was amazing; an angel even then. I miss her so much.
She and I spoke from the beginning very lightly about her medical condition. As public as she was; she was still very private, and kept a great many things to herself.
When she announced on the forum that she would be unable to host with us, I knew that something tremendous had happened, as she has always been one of the most passionate hosts I know. So we began corresponding. Here is an excerpt from our exchanges:
“I’m very lucky because I have a wonderfully supportive husband. He has even started working from home so that we don’t have to get nurses to come in but only have a few hours of caregivers a week.
I’m so lucky to have been a nurse so I knew exactly what to do and when to do it. I know I will be going downhill but I knew what to decide and when to prepare. “
I know you were all close to her, and I feel it important that you know that she was ready, and at peace with the way things transpired. She left this word just the way she wanted. She was at peace.
The hard thing about it all is that she was so amazing, and left such an impact, that we are all missing her. A lot. More than any words that I can conjure will ever relate.
Some hosts come and stay a while. Others remain and become legendary. Sunny is a legend.
Sunny was amazing, and will always be loved by us. I look forward to the day when I can hear her voice again.
Click on any of her avatars to listen to her final goodbye.
WE LOVE YOU, SUNNY!