I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine last week that has been on my mind a lot the past few days. My friend made the statement that talking to me was just like listening to my show on KOOL 103.9. I guess he is right! Being on the radio is who I am. Let me explain:
I grew up listening to the radio I loved the music and the DJ’s and the way they talked and had fun. I can’t remember how I got this one radio but it was a portable with a huge antenna> I would take it outside and turn the tuning knob very slowly to see what stations I could get. This was a lot of fun at night as some stations would cut power and some even go off the air so if the conditions were just right I could pick up stations like KOMA in Oklahoma City, WLS in Chicago, I remember listening to radio from all over the south.
Then I moved to Rexburg and my friends and I (all radio geeks) would hop in a car and see what LA. Station we could get. One friend even won a radio contest from a LA radio station I remember the DJ freaking out that someone was listening in Idaho.
But how has that helped me become who I am? I was one of the lucky men who knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I was in high school. I knew that the radio business isn’t one of the highest paying jobs in the world. But I have loved it my whole life.
My friends know that what you hear on the radio is who I am. I would not have it any other way. Early in my radio days I learned to be me when I heard a competing radio station in Missouri doing something that I call the “Professional radio laugh” that forced giggle when someone laughs at something and you know they don’t think is funny.
I have laughed at many things on my morning show and I can tell you that when I laugh I find it funny and if I laugh because is it so bad it is funny I will let you know.
Because of radio I have had the opportunity to share my life with you in good times and bad. I have had listeners call me to share happy news and I have cried with you when bad news happens.
I am always amazed when I meet people and they say good things about my show and about KOOL 1039, However I must say this, I know that not everyone likes what I do every day and that is fine too. I am not one that thinks that everything I do and say is the best. I still try to improve on my radio work and my personal life every day, with all the ups and downs that are associated with life.
At an outdoor party my wife and I went to several years ago, I was on one. A lady asked my wife “is he like this all the time”? Teresa smiled and said “Yes, he is”
I wouldn’t want it any other way!
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Laff lines: Vegans