Deanna Cruz is the sassy new morning host on The New HOT103.7. Radio just seemed to be her destiny. In high school, back in her hometown of Hartford, CT, Deanna was the one to read the morning announcements on the PA. “I never once thought that would be my career,” says the woman who would eventually make her way to Boston University, where she studied Broadcast Journalism with an eye on a career in news.
But news would have to wait. After continuing her education and working behind the scenes at a television station in Boston, Deanna realized that radio combined two of her favorite things: music and talking. She became so passionate about it that she commuted three hours every weekend from Boston to Albany, NY, for her first part-time radio job. That eventually took her to Providence where she landed first in middays, then anchored PM drive before finally becoming the morning host at Hot 106. In Providence, Deanna also took to the tube becoming a regular entertainment contributor at WPRI-TV.
Deanna has figured out how to make morning radio work for her. “I never realized how many hours of sleep I REALLY need to function, but I’ve gotten used to maybe 5 or 6 hours a night. Napping is key!” says the host who has gotten to interview some of the biggest names in music like 50 Cent, Ludacris, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, John Legend, Chris Brown, Ludacris, Jamie Foxx and many more. In her spare time, Deanna's been involved in community work, volunteering with Big Sisters and training for marathons with Team In Training’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. When Deanna is not in the studio you can find her at a local 'box'. "I love CrossFit. It's a great workout and incredible community. I've learned so much about my body,“ says Deanna.“
Social media is also a passion for Ms. Cruz, who is a self-professed addict to the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever might be the next social “thing.” She also indulges in her other passion – pop culture. If there’s a “Housewives of…” show, you can bet she knows them all by name!
Looking back over the path that led her into radio, it all makes sense that Deanna would wind up doing what she does. “Music was lacking in my life,” she reflects. “I needed it.”