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Creating Connection: Keepsake Acts As A Reminder Of How A Loved One Lives On In Others

Parker Miles Blohm
88.5's Nick Morrison displays a special heart he keeps in memory of his sister.

A trinket, unintentionally loosed from a handful of change KNKX producer Nick Morrison used to pay for his morning coffee created a connection between him and his morning barista.

“I just said, ‘My sister,’ and she said, ‘My son,” he remembers.

Shauna, the team leader of the coffee cart had the same glass heart.  The two locked eyes, clasped hands, and created a connection recalled every time Morrison picks up his split-shot latte.

Upon his younger sister’s passing, a man from a support agency offered him the small piece of art as a comfort. Morrison’s sister, like Shauna’s daughter, was an organ donor.

The keepsake, he says, makes him feel good.  Like he has a little piece of her with him all the time.

“Keys, change, and a little ceramic or glass heart,” said Morrison, listing the everyday contents of his pockets.


Sound Effect's Jennifer Wing spoke with Morrison about everything the keepsake means to him.

Kevin began his career at KNKX in 2003, where his first responsibility was to eradicate the KNKX Jazz Library from all Smooth Jazz CD’s. Since then there is not much at KNKX he hasn’t done. Kevin has worked as a full time jazz host, news host, and has hosted, at least once, almost every single program on KNKX. Kevin currently produces 88.5's weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary, and helped make the KNKX Grocery Tote famous.