- 5:02 PM, Friday,
November 21st, 2014:
- I don't even
know how to start this one. I think the most
telling thing is how freaking excited I am about
this, whereas 10 years ago I would've
begrudgingly accepted it simply because the market is
so big. Then I knew there was more I could
do. Now, I've done that, am continuing to do that, and
would simply be thrilled to be able to participate in
something I'm really, really good at.
- So I'm on Facebook
on Wednesday, going back and forth about the college
football playoffs. Mo'kelly is jumpin' in and the
usual banter takes place when we talk sports. It's
less heated than political or race stuff - but it
allows you to be a bit more in your face because at
the end of the day: who cares. It's football,
not police beatings. Then I get a
- "Do you have any
desire to talk sports in a radio sense?"
- "Always. I did
much for of my talk career. Kind of a prerequisite for
being on-air in Columbus lol"
- "Give me a call at
my ofc. Please"
- Apparently the
9-12 slot at AM570 is looking for new "& friends"
for the "Bill Reiter & Friends" show and the host
asked Mo if he knew anyone that was ready to go. He
thought of me. We talked and he made it pretty
clear "this is real, not a maybe... you can do
this?" Which, honestly, 9-12? How perfect is that??!?
5 days a week, talking sports... the only reservation
I had, and I told this to Mo, I hate
baseball. This is a huge baseball town and I can't
hide my disdain. Now, I can brush-up and
truthfully? I end up following baseball even if
I never watch a game simply because of having
sports talk radio or ESPN on. So I actually do
know quite a bit, but the actual PASSION? Is NBA &
NFL and of course... Buckeyes. That's actually an
angle that excites me because godDAMN I would love to
bring some pro-Buckeye talk to the west coast. JESUS
this town does not understand the madhouse that is
football if you're born in Columbus, Ohio. That
perspective will be awesome.
- Now, not to count
my chickens - but all he wanted was an updated resume
and I will go in next week to meet the Program
Director (and the host I assume). I've listened
to several hours of his show and clearly, I can
do this. Mo specifically mentioned my personality and
listen, give me any side - even if I don't
believe it 100% and I can talk my ass off about
it. There is of course the other side of
- ...I don't
half-ass much in my life. In fact I probably double
and triple ass everything to ridiculous
proportions. When I got in at WTVN I came
early, stayed late... killed myself with production,
made a name for myself quickly and move up the ranks.
This is the big-leagues. #2 market in the country, a
5-day a week show and the ability to show my
professionalism at every turn. I don't know how
long I stay satisfied with an "& friends"
thing. I don't mean I take over THAT show,
I just mean... until I'm pushing to fill in for
people when they're sick or when there's vacation (the
KEY to moving up at a radio station). I'm starting a
journey that I know I can do well and move
quickly. Even with a 15 year hiatus... I know
this game. Am I ready for that? It will encompass
everything. It's... not as frightening a prospect as
it was 10 years ago... but married, 2 kids? It might
become my everything. Am I ready to give up the
dreams of everything else? Then again - guess what
radio leads to these days? EVERYTHING is broadcast so
my TV skills are quite helpful. Even Hats &
Minigolf has a bit more creedence if I'm also in
radio. There's no down-sides really. I just know,
again, I don't half-ass. And in situations where
people tend to get lazy (and radio is notorious for
that), I'm not. And it shows quickly. This could
absolutely be the start of a big shift.
- And I'm really,
really excited. So I think that speaks volumes.
I just can't imagine being able to tell people
that ask what I do for a living... an actual
fucking job. LOL. Oh and have you noticed I haven't
mentioned money yet? Yeah, you don't get rich in this
level of radio. It'll be something, but that's not the
key motivator. It's the ability to do something I'm
really good at and erase that feeling that lingers
when you're simply not living up to your
- I'm also in a
position to not go insane with this. To really
just do my 3 hours, go to some events and be a great
team player... but not try to take over the world.
I'll just have to play it by ear. I mean
considering we'll only be talking sports,
I think that will allow me to compartmentalize
and leave room for my other exploits. Shit, I'm just
rambling - this is a BRILLIANT opportunity for me and
I can't fucking believe it. Holy shit, thank you Mo.
I sure hope this works out because it's been all
I've thought about for 2 days now. Man I want to do
- Next week may be a
big one. What an awesome Thanksgiving surprise.
Novembers man. They always find a way to surprise