Faculty Alum Friday: Todd Delaney, Class of 1993
BRHSF: How long have you work at Baton Rouge High School?
TD: This is my first year.
BRHSF: Why did you choose to work at BRHS?
TD: BRMHS jump started my radio career. WBRH laid the foundation for the many years I spent in the broadcast industry and I’m grateful for everything the school provided. Returning to BRMHS to teach radio was at the top of my very short list of dream jobs. When the position opened, I jumped at the chance to return.
BRHSF: How did BRHS prepare you for college and/or your career?
TD: When I got to college, I realized that the teachers at BRMHS had done an exceptional job of preparing me for the experience. I’d developed a very strong work ethic during high school – much stronger than my peers, which was a tremendous help. College was simply a continuation of high school for me while a lot of my friends from other schools felt it was a huge leap.
BRHSF: What activities were you involved in as a student at BRHS?
TD: I was a radio kid. That’s pretty much all I did at school aside from intramural sports. Every Saturday night I worked at the station, spinning rock and alternative music. I got paid to play on the radio and gladly still get to do that today!
BRHSF: What teachers or staff influenced you as a student at BRHS and how?
TD: Danny Dean taught me radio. He taught us everything we needed to know (whether we liked it or not) and he did a very good job of it. I didn’t realize how much I learned from him until I landed my first radio job and found myself sharing some radio tips with my boss.
Tom Barber was my logic and philosophy teacher. I learned how to think and the value of thinking for myself. He gave me a deep appreciation for truth and profound inspiration to live a great life.
I had sophomore English with Mrs. Marti Whitmer. She encouraged lots of creativity and her infectious humor has stayed with me to this day.
That’s just scratching the surface of the talented and inspirational teachers that helped shape so many BRMHS lives. I’m lucky to be counted among them!
BRHSF: What is a fun fact, embarrassing moment, or funny story about yourself from high school or now?
TD: There are LOTS of stories. However, one fun fact is that I remember saying, “I’d never choose radio as a career.” But, I did, and it’s the best decision I said I’d never make.
BRHSF: What advice would you give current students?
TD: Stay curious. Ask questions. Explore. You’re unique, perfectly you, and the world is a better place because of it.