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Presenter Ventura Smalley inspires with “Nights with Ventura”

Presenter Ventura Smalley inspires with “Nights with Ventura”

Ventura Smalley

Ventura Smalley

Ventura Smalley, a 16-year-old radio host, is making waves in the industry with his new show, “Nights with Ventura.” The nightly country love song program airs from 7 p.m. to midnight and is syndicated. Ventura interacts with listeners by taking song requests and providing comments, creating a warm and interactive atmosphere for his audience.

Ventura’s passion for radio began at the young age of 13 or 14 when he started at a local radio station that focused on adult contemporary love songs. At 15, he had his first commercial radio job, hosting an evening slot on an old country station. Despite his youth, Ventura has always pursued his dream of being on the radio and connecting with people.

“I’ve always wanted to be on the radio and talk to people. I like giving advice and helping people with their problems,” Ventura says. “I’ve experienced a lot in my short life so far. Most people think 16-year-old kids play video games or skip school; that’s not me! I’m blessed that the Lord has allowed me to have a voice on the radio. It’s a blessing to be able to connect with people.”

Inspired by popular radio host Delilah, Ventura grew up listening to her soothing love songs and aspired to follow in her footsteps. His dream came true when he had the chance to spend time with Delilah and her family at their ranch in February and get a behind-the-scenes look at her show. “I had such an amazing time and still can’t believe I got to have this incredible experience,” he recalls.

Ventura’s journey was not without its challenges. During his freshman year of high school, a teacher doubted his potential and told him he would never amount to anything in life and would never be in the local newspaper. Undeterred, Ventura contacted the local newspaper, which found his story so compelling that it ran it on the front page.

Ventura’s message to his peers is clear: “I want to show kids my age that you can achieve whatever you want. You should never give up because you can do great things. I am living proof of that. My proof is that I have never given up and, thank God, I never will.”

“Nights with Ventura” continues to grow in popularity and Ventura’s dedication and positive attitude are an inspiration to young people who want to enter the radio industry.

Reach Smalley at [email protected].