The only job I have ever had was talking on the radio. Well, before that I was a caddy at a golf course, but I hated that rich guys hit their ball in the woods and then blamed me for losing it. So I quit that job and I started on the radio on my 14th birthday. I am happy, blessed and humbled by the chance to do that again, and to do it with the same people I love and for the city we all love. Oh my gosh you guys, we have learned so many life lessons during this time off.
Karla Peterson from the UT asked us in the interview for today’s paper if we were ever worried or scared that we wouldn’t be back on the air here. My answer; “Not for one second.” Through this entire time off things have happened in my life that could not have happened if I were working. I know without hesitation that this was all God’s perfect timing.
We come back to the radio humbled, eager and appreciative. We are ready to start from zero and earn your support. We are ready to make you laugh, to make you think, to speak to your heart, and to hopefully be invited into your homes, cars and workplaces to try to make a difference in your lives.
And we are also blessed that we found a job on the perfect radio station to carry out that mission. KYXY’s founding premise is to be entertaining, but always in a family-friendly way. That feels just right to me. Plus even more exciting about working at KYXY… I drove my wife Kristen by the studios this week and found out they turned the Expo right down the street into a Costco! Woohooo!
During the first week of the showgram, we are each going to get a morning to update you on what’s gone on in our lives while we were off. I told Karla that while we were off Jerry was named to the national board of a major animal group, Tommy was instrumental in the effort to enact legislation to protect our children, and I … gained a bunch of weight.
Well, there’s more, but I’m saving that for my morning on the radio. Meanwhile, a few sneak peaks -
Our family has changed. What a story I have to share about that. Actually, this silhouette looks like we adopted Big Bird.
And I finally fixed my ugly tattoo!
There’s more. I have stories to tell you and I can’t wait to talk to you and with you on the radio. Plus, I’m excited about being on the radio now more than at any time I’ve ever been on. Our show has always been about you being the stars. In the past we’ve done that by putting your phone calls on the air. Now, with social media, we can interact with you in a whole new way while we’re on the air. That access and interaction excites me and breathes new life into what we do in the morning.
I always say that the difference in our radio show compared to others is that we are five people who wake up in the morning and don’t think the world sucks. Thank you for giving us the chance to do that again. I am anxious, and grateful.