Survivor Sees The Light
By Kevin Peterson
Updated 8 Hour(s) 52 Minute(s) ago
Former "Survivor: China" contestant Leslie Nease has been named the new midday personality for Blue Ridge Broadcasting Christian AC WMIT (106.9 the Light)/Asheville, N.C.
Her show is titled "Real Life With Leslie Nease" and is a mix of the encouraging music the station plays and her conversations with listeners about real life.
"Leslie has the sort of elevating personality that's just golden for radio," says Jim Kirkland, executive director of the Light. "More importantly, Leslie is a true ambassador of Jesus Christ, which she showed powerfully while on 'Survivor' and which she continues to live out daily. We're blessed to have Leslie on our team, and I believe our listeners will be as well."
In addition to her role as afternoon host, Nease is a speaker, writer and the director of the ministry Get Gutsy for God! From the Charlotte area, Nease is also a former Mrs. North Carolina, which she won in 2001 on the platform of fitness and overcoming obesity.
As a contestant on CBS's reality show "Survivor: China" in 2007, Nease in one episode walked out of a ceremony in a Buddhist temple because it felt like worship to her. "You know, I'm not a religious person, but I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. And the only time I'm going to put my face on the floor is for Him," she said, in front of the primetime show's millions of viewers. Nease was eliminated from the contest after nine days but said the experience changed her for the better.
Before her spot on "Survivor," Nease was on the air at Christian AC WRCM/Charlotte from 2004 to 2008.