Lucky Guy: Blind DJ counts his blessings

2:53 pm | November 4, 2013
Photo by Brandon Hicks

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Jody Simpson sits in his DJ booth at the WMCT station in Mountain City. Jody said the radio industry has fascinated him since he was 7 years old.

MOUNTAIN CITY — There are a lot of things in life that Jody Simpson will never be able to do.

“I’m legally blind,” Jody said. “I’ll never be able to drive a car. My depth perception is really off. My colors are really not the greatest in the world.”

Although he’ll never drive a car, or stargaze, or do other activities that people with no vision problems take for granted, every time he sits down at work, Jody thinks he’s a lucky guy.

“If I had to sit down and count all my blessings, I couldn’t do it,” he said. “A lot of times, I just can’t believe that I’m in the position I’m in.”

Not everyone approaches their jobs with similar enthusiasm. Then again, not everyone has a chance to live out their childhood dream, either.

As the morning disc jockey and music director for WMCT 1390 AM in Mountain City, Jody is doing just that.

“I’ve always been intrigued with radio, ever since I was seven,” Jody said. “Any time I had a chance to sit in the front seat, I would always dial in the radio stations. That was just my thing.”

Jody’s fascination with radio may have served as a welcome distraction from some of the struggles he encountered growing up with his visual impairment.

“I had to sit up in front of the class, and sometimes I could see the board, sometimes I couldn’t,” Jody said. “I had to have special books, special large-print books. A book like the Bible, if that was a textbook, it would come in three different volumes becaue it was so big.”

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