The post is actually a continuation from a recent piece about our Fonville Morisey Inside the Beltline Sales Associates who give back to our Triangle communities. Originally posted in June, the Associates that were each featured actually had longer stories to tell so we decided we’d share those in upcoming posts. Not only that, but we’re going to make this an on-going series. This is the first installment. Written by FM ITB’s Rachel Groome, read on to find out how Heather Petrovich of FM ITB makes a difference in her community.
Not only is Heather Petrovich a savvy and smart real estate agent helping her clients buy and sell homes inside Raleigh’s beltline (and sometimes beyond), she is a mom to five year-old twins. We know what you’re thinking – that about says it all doesn’t it? She’s a busy lady! The thing is she’s not so busy that she doesn’t understand what’s it’s like to hold a career outside of the home while being the best mother she can be. She understands what it means to be a stay-at-home mom, especially in times when you feel lonely and isolated so much so that she decided the best thing she could do was help others who feel the same way. Enter her best friend, Kate, and their podcast – Naptime Radio.
Naptime Radio is a community for parents that feel lonely and isolated, uniting them together with their common bond of motherhood (or fatherhood…yes, there are men that subscribe to the show), all the while being entertained and informed at the same time. Heather always dreamed of being on the radio, but she felt as if she lacked the skills and expertise to make a difference to those that would listen in when just a few years ago Kate approached her about creating one centered on motherhood and children with a humorous flair. Now, every Monday for approximately an hour and twenty minutes Heather and her cadre of friends put on a lively podcast (offered on iTunes) that hopefully entertains and informs the moms & dads who listen in.
The witty and intelligent “cast of characters” on Naptime Radio include not only Kate and Heather, but also their friends Alli and Andrew (aka “The News Man”). The show is divided into four segments -
- Biz Buzz
- Power Nap
- The News
During “Chatter” the group discusses anything and everything about their daily lives. It may involve a discussion about a weekend family trip or a child sick with a virus. Topics vary based on the previous week’s experiences (and sometimes those of the day of recording too!).
In the “Biz Buzz” section, Alli highlights some particular business lingo or catch phrase that’s used today in the corporate world. It is a way to stay in touch with the corporate life that the stay-at-ome moms are missing, but also allows them to feel in touch with the rest of the working world.
It is important to note that Alli is single and doesn’t have any children. This is in stark contrast to Heather, Kate as well as the majority of the shows followers. She will often talk about her latest exotic trip to Africa or somewhere exciting. If she isn’t traveling then she is discussing her active weekend social life (the kind that moms tend to miss simply because life has changed for them). A lot of listeners (as well as Heather and Kate) get to live vicariously through Alli’s stories and tales of her adventures. This brings a different kind of realism to the relationships between moms and their friends, even single ones.
During “Power Nap”, the shows Hosts discuss pertinent parenting issues – anything from how to prevent and deal with sunburn to a four-part series on sexuality. The ladies take suggestions via email for this particular segment as they want their listeners to learn about topics that are important to them. They take this segment seriously and as such, a great deal of research is done beforehand.
The show closes with “The News” segment where Andrew delivers the latest news making headlines around the world (not just in parenting, though he talks about that too). Although Andrew delivers the news, the ladies of Naptime Radio manage to create a lighthearted tone and environment with witty banter. During this segment they even provide a four-part quiz to keep listeners on their toes!
Thanks to a little help from her friends, Heather has turned a dream into a reality. Her idea that hosting a radio show would be fun and enjoyable has evolved into so much more. She has a strong bond with her listeners and is providing a much appreciated and much needed service to many women (and men) all over the world.
Heather never imagined that she would have listeners in 81 different countries! It is so rewarding for her to hear how her radio show got someone through a bad day or a bad time in their life not only from listeners around the world, but even from some right here in her own backyard. Recently, she ran into a listener at a Durham Bulls baseball game. Below is a quote from that listener. It’s a great example of how Heather touches the lives of others in a positive way -
“Heather – it was great to meet you the other day at the Bulls game! I have seen your photo on Facebook, but I would never have recognized you if the logo on your phone hadn’t caught my eye.
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that your show has been great for me over the last year as I have gone through a lot of changes. Last year at this time my husband was changing jobs (funny, it was going to be either NJ or NC) and we ended up in Greensboro in July of 2012. The move was fine, but the crazy part was going from working full-time to being a stay-at-home mom… in a town where I knew no one. It is not the greatest difficulty a woman has ever faced, but I have to say I think I might have gone slightly wacko there for a few weeks!
I just wanted you ladies to know that your show made me feel a little less alone. Moms often feel so isolated and being able to listen to your funny and inspiring banter can be a big help. However many “likes” and positive reviews you get, I would guess there are many, many more moms (and some dads) out there that are grateful for what you bring to them each week.
All is well now – the boys have friends, I have friends, the husband’s job is going well, and I am starting a part-time position in the next few weeks. Plus, I am following all Kate’s advice and as a result my children are perfect!
Thank you for your awesome show:)
There you have it. Little did you know that our Heather Petrovich, Fonville Morisey Inside the Beltline Sales Associate, also has a successful podcast all about life as “mom” created for moms (and dads) to help them do their jobs as parents a little easier with some comic relief built in.
So, the next time you see Heather around town showing houses to families looking for residence in Five Points, Boylan Heights, Historic Oakwood, downtown, and all around Raleigh, be sure to thank her for all she does for her immediate community and the one she has formed online too.
If Heather has helped you in any way and you’d like to tell her, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about it.
If you’re a Fonville Morisey agent making a difference in your community, we’d love to learn more. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your story today!