Take 8 with KISS 108's Lisa Donovan

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
She’s the sassy sweetheart of the airwaves. Every weekday morning, Lisa Donovan pulls up a seat and a mic alongside Billy Costa and Matt Siegel giving KISS 108 listeners the laughs, celebrity dirt and “Right Now” stories they’ve come to love on “Matty In The Morning.” As she says, she “fell” into this career 13 years ago and is now doing the perpetual juggling act of balancing career and family, which includes two sons, ages 4 and 7.

Your job requires early mornings. Do you go to sleep when your kids do?

I stay up at least an hour or so later than them. I’m usually in bed by 9 or 9:30, but last night I stayed up late to watch the Bachelor finale, which was total mistake because now I’m exhausted!

How would you describe your parenting style?

I do like the kids to get their homework done as soon as they walk in the door. I let them watch TV and relax. They’re kids. I want them to run around. I’m definitely not a Tiger Mom. I probably could be a bit more structured. My son is taking guitar and tennis lessons. I could probably work a little harder to get him to practice. I tell him, ‘We’re not doing this to kill time. It could become something that you could do well.’

We think moms should encourage one another. Please tell us about your most recent parenting triumph.

My son went on a play date recently and the mom told me that he is‘such a good kid, he is a pleasure to have over.’ It’s nice to know he’s using his please’s and thank you’s even when I’m not around.

What celebrity guest got you tongue-tied?

We all take vacation at the same time now, but in the beginning, I would cover for Billy (Costa, morning show reporter). He was out of town and Chris Martin from Coldplay was available for a face-to-face interview. I got to sit with him for an hour. I had never done an interview before. I felt so inexperienced.  It was fun. He invited us to the concert. I also interviewed Tom Cruise. He was awesome. I told him I’m new at interviewing people and he’s, like, “I’m glad you told me, you’re doing such a good job.”

What do you think is a great look, in general, for moms?

Get a really nice pair of jeans. I think you can tell the difference. You wear them a lot. Or go out and buy a good pair of shoes. If you work, go and buy an expensive pair of pumps in black that you will literally wear all the time. They will never go out of style


What’s the best parenting advice you ever got?

There are two things. One is more general advice, but we had a bunch of marathon runners in a few years ago and one said, “Run your own race.” I tell it to my kids if they are getting frustrated when someone plays better than them or they think someone is smarter. Just worry about yourself and your own race. Don’t compare yourself.

A friend told me not to expect every year of school to be the best year. Some years are going to be better than others and that’s just the way it is.

What keeps you up at night?

I think you just want your kids to be happy. It’s such a crazy world. When I was a kid, I didn’t have to deal with all this pressure like social media. What is it going to be like when they are teenagers? I just want them to be happy.

What’s one thing you always wanted to try but haven’t yet?

There are so many things. I would love to learn a second language. I’d love to go back and get a graduate degree. There’s not enough time. I’m on the board at my son’s school and on another one. Maybe when they grow up, I’ll have the time.