KTTZ-TV is continuing our MEET THE TEAM spotlight, where you can get to know a little more about the people who make all the magic happen at your local PBS station! Meet Adria Hatley, Financial Manager at KTTZ!
What is your favorite smell for a candle?
Plain vanilla! I know, some people think it’s boring. Or, I like “clean” scents like rain or clean linen or cinnamon. I’m not real big on fruity scents.
What makes West Texas special for you?
West Texas is where I finished my education and for the most part, have raised my family. I was born and raised in Eastern New Mexico, and it’s so close, it feels like being back home. I think West Texas will always feel like home for me.
What song would you sing if you were on American Idol?
OOOOOOOHHHH! That would be “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees. I cannot pass up on singing that song if it comes on. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I love singing, I even thought when I was younger that I wanted to do it professionally. I lived for Talent Shows and singing competitions all through school.
Honestly, when I started here, I didn’t know much about Public Media, except for Sesame Street and Nova. I knew that my niche was in finance, and I knew that this position would be a great opportunity. However, in a very short time I learned that PBS is about so much more. It’s about local arts and culture and history. I worked at TTU for almost 4 years before I even knew about the public arts installations. When our station aired the piece on Inside Texas Tech, I watched it online and I was amazed, and so proud that the station I worked for produced that. We have so many talented, passionate people working here that truly believe in the Mission of this station and the importance of Public Media overall. I love that I get to participate in the many community events that we have, including our film screenings at First Friday, our kids events at the Science Spectrum and the “Be My Neighbor” event at United Market Street this year. I am really excited to see how the station grows and continues to make an impact in our community.