I’m back. Back to public radio.
At first, the clip from “The Godfather, Part III” came to mind:
My radio career (or, should I say, my first paid radio job) started in September 1978. The same month and year as a TV show about the business, sort of. WKRP.
When I started, I was still a teen. From that media job to others, like Gary Sandy’s character from WKRP, I moved around the country. When I first moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, a colleague’s family emergency pulled me into on-air TV pledge drives just a couple of weeks after my arrival. Over the years, one radio and TV job to another, there wasn’t a week when I wasn’t on the air somewhere, somehow, either live or “transcribed.”
And so it went for more than three decades. About a year and a half ago, I left not just public radio, but broadcasting as my full-time gig. Things had changed and moving on made sense. Things do end. Even good things.
The past year and a half has been a fascinating experience, working with new groups of great and diverse people doing interesting and valuable work.
Now, another hand has been dealt in the realm of radio. WBHM in Birmingham.
I regret leaving the State Theatre in Uniontown before their hopes and ambitions for the 90th Anniversary Season are fully realized. It is a great organization on the rise, with a dedicated board, staff and volunteers, serving a remarkable community with a fascinating history. I will continue to support them – and encourage you to, too! (Season opens with the musical, Titanic – September 29, 2012 – call (724) 439-1360 to order tickets for that and many other great performances).
To my friends in Pittsburgh, Uniontown, Michigan, Iowa, Texas and more, up and down the dial, I leave a bit of my heart with you. It has been a privilege to have had so many people and places welcome me home.
See you on the radio in Birmingham!