- 8:30 AM, Tuesday, June 13th,
- Bill calls me and says that I'm
going to be on again this weekend. I already knew
that, but that's OK.
- 8:35 AM, Tuesday, June 13th,
- Bill calls and says he can't
find the tape and then says he thinks he knows where
it is. Okay let's wake up the overnight guy some more
at 8:30 in the morning.
- 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 13th,
- Bill leaves a message saying he
liked the tape, and reaffirming our 2:30 time. Jesus
does this guy cover his ass all day or what? But he
liked the tape....that is very good.
- 2:30 PM, Tuesday, June 13th,
- Meeting #2. Bill was really
impressed. He gave me a few tips, and I told him what
I felt was already wrong; that I was a little
announcerish. He explained once again that he still
needed to keep interviewing, but as of now no one is
beating me out. He said it will all die down in about
3 weeks. Great. He also said that if they did find
someone else they might just put both of us on
separate nights for depth. That's good. Bill said he
would go with me, that I seem responsible enough, and
am good enough on the boards and talent wise, but he
still needs to interview more. That's good, then I can
just practice more and get better. Mike told me in the
meeting that he was wrong about Wednesday, he didn't
need anyone. So for this Saturday morning, I would go
on with a lady named Kathryn, and at 1:00, I'd do the
rest of the shift. Sounds good to me.
- 11:00 AM, Thursday, June
- Meeting #3. Wow, great day.
Bill was very comfortable with me. He kept saying
things like "When we hire you in two weeks, we'll...."
I asked him about my competition, which is HUMUNGOUS
(you should see their stack of tapes), but he said I
was the best. What I was there for was to sign some
things for my license, which they're paying for.
That's $45! They didn't pay for Meckley's! Man, things
are just going so well. He said some guy from Orlando
may be moving up here and is applying for the job. I
can't believe I'm competing with so many people who
have been in the business for years. Like the lady
said at the front desk, I'm starting at the top. Lots
of people who got their foot in the door at other
stations are now applying for here. I'm just too damn
lucky. I'm gonna work my ass off to impress them. Bill
said in my worst case scenario he'd hire somebody and
we'd alternate shifts, but either way I'm in. It's
really because my hours are so flexible. I have all
the time in the world. All because I lost that
Gatorade job. Life is good....really good.
- 10:45 PM - 6:00 AM, Friday -
Saturday, June 16th - 17th, 1995:
- So I get there and Don
Alexander lets me in. What a great guy. Older man who
couldn't be any nicer. Then I tap into the wire ready
to get stories. A lot of really good goofy ones. Then
I met Kathryn Piermont. She was awesome. Extremely
funny, very nice. She'd been doing this for 12 years,
and had this cynicism that was great. Once she found
out that I had already done this before, she let me go
on the air from 12-6. So here it is my first full
shift. To start things out, I look for the generic
weekend jingle so I can say my name over it...and it's
not there. I probably looked for another 5 minutes
- ...I realize that
have my own. Can you
believe it. The big-ass voice of WTVN made me my own
open. Then I go into the lounge and the memo
announcement of an opening for the weekend position is
gone. Hello I think I got the job. Boy, that put me on
a high. The night went great. A few screw ups but
overall, it really is easy.
- 10:45 PM - 6:00 AM, Saturday
- Sunday, June 17th - 18th, 1995:
- Well, I found out what happens
when you give away tickets: all hell breaks loose. At
the 12:00 hour I asked for dedications for Father's
Day,. and was giving away tickets. I don't know how I
did it. I had 20 calls that first half hour. Then
someone handed me the weather, and wrote "In Met....."
at the bottom. Well while I was reading it I thought
that meant in the metropolitan area...then I see that
after the periods it said 610 WTVN, so I sounded like
a fool. Overall the hours I gave away tickets went
rather well considering I didn't have time to breath.
Kathryn also told me that Mike Perkins said I was "a
keeper". I bet they offer me the job early this