LIFE IS GREAT AFTER 8!

I’ve been doing morning radio since 1992. Do the math on that and you can conclude that for the past 22 years I’ve been in bed by 8 p.m. and up at 2 a.m. I’m not complaining. What does my gal Kimberly say… something good, something bad. I love doing morning radio. I don’t always love the hours.

What I have discovered during this “transition” period is there’s an entire world that I am missing out on. How about dinner in a restaurant on a weeknight? Last night Jerry and Dawn, the owners of Ryan Heating and Cooling, took us out for dinner at Red Osier. We laughed, we drank, we ate and I didn’t think to myself … gee, I’ve got to hurry up and get home because I have to go to work in six hours. No I didn’t order salmon. Had a filet and it was delicious. Highly recommend Red Osier for a night out. Excellent food and the staff is top notch. Oh, I didn’t pull into the driveway until 10:00.

Tonight is Date Night for T-heart and me. Dinner and movie. Hell, we may even have dinner at 7:00 and go to a 9 o’clock movie. Saturday night, I’m headed to CMAC to see Willie Nelson and Allison Krauss. Captain Excitement strikes again! From summer sunsets to weeknight Red Wing games at Frontier Field, this is a world I have not experienced since moving to ROC. Who knew?

I know the time will come when I have to set my alarm for 2:00 and I am honestly look forward to that morning. But until then, I’m going to enjoy this break and discover a whole new world, life is great after 8!

Thanks for reading my blog. Hope to see ya soon on the radio.

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WEEKEND UPDATE

My Father’s Day weekend was filled with fitness, food and fishing!

I’ll start with a big thank you to Andy Nye at Penfield Sport and Fitness. His group fitness class kicked my butt and the muscle fatigue was felt all weekend. He gets the most out of me every workout. Thanks Andy.

Saturday night at the movies. T-heart and I went to see “Chef.”
It’s a very entertaining movie that revolves around a man and his passion for cooking, parenting and his struggles to make it in this world. There are many laughs along the way, a few tears plus a side dish of Scarlett Johansson and Scarlet Vergara. Highly recommend it.

Sunday I picked up Isaac, my son, from ROC airport. He had attended his grandmother’s memorial service in Seattle. He was one hungry boy after flying all night so we went to Rikki’s in Fairport for breakfast. It was good to catch up with him. He’s working construction this summer before starting welding school this fall. Very proud to call him my son.

Sunday afternoon was spent on water. T-heart took me fishing on the canal. Only one largemouth to show for my efforts. But it was a beautiful afternoon to be soaking up the sun and enjoying the water on the canal.

T-heart and her kids took me to PF Chang’s at Eastview to wrap up Father’s Day weekend. Lettuce wraps, spring rolls, flank steak and more were enjoyed. It’s still weird for me to be having dinner on Sunday night at 7:00 and not be thinking … I gotta be up in at 2:00 a.m. to go to work. Speaking of the job search ….

There’s no news to report. It’s has been quiet. Kimberly and I are doing everything possible to stay in ROC. We appreciate all your love, support and loyalty. Continue sending your good thoughts our way in the hopes we find something soon. As of today, it looks like we are going to enjoy having the summer off. Maybe this is what it’s like to be a teacher.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog. Hope to see ya soon on the radio.

The Sum is Greater Than the Parts.

I never had a chance to see The Beatles in concert. I was too young and Baker, Montana was never on their list of concert stops. Hell, my Dad wouldn’t allow me to go to a Three Dog Night concert while I was in high school. I can still hear him say, “You’re not driving 225 miles to see those long haired hippies on drugs.” That’s my Dad.

Ring Starr and his All-Star Band made a stop at CMAC on Saturday night. Ringo is 74. First 500 people to the show got a free box of Depends!! Others found Preparation H under their seats!!!! Yes you got a 10% discount on your ticket if you were a member of AARP! OK. I’ll stop.

It was an entertaining two hour show. Ringo is at his best when he is playing the drums and not singing. He is all about peace, love and harmony. Oh, the guy can’t dance. Not that I can but he has no rhythm. Didn’t Phil Collins once sing “I Can’t Dance.” Ringo should cover it.

The highlights included the voice from Santana covering Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman. The guy from Mister Mister performing Kyrie and Broken Wings. What does that say about a Ringo Starr concert when the songs you remember are not his?

The sum is greater than the parts. I’m sorry I never got a chance to see The Beatles in concert. I’m happy to say I saw Ringo but glad I didn’t pay for the tickets. Thank you Adam and Andrea. If it’s free, it’s for me. If ya gotta pay, push it away. The seats were great, the beer was cold and the concert was …. so-so.

You’ve got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues but for Ringo Starr and this touring thing, you know it don’t come easy. Thanks for the memories.

FIND OUT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE …

Terry Clifford, Dave Kane, Pete Kennedy, Bob Lonsberry and Tom George. What do these people have in common? All of these ROC radio icons reached out to Kimberly and me following our dismissal. They were all simply concerned, asked what they could do during this transition and told us to call if we needed anything. Terry was brought to tears and had me choked up by the time our conversation ended.

Why mention these individuals? Because the ROC radio community is a very tight group. We may compete everyday against one another but at the end of the day, we all respect each other as professionals and as friends

There’s another name I almost forgot to mention. Big Daddy Dave Beck. I called him the all-night satellite whose beacon shined many years on the Hee Haw station. He more than anyone, knows what we are going through. He has since moved on and is doing well. He greeted me and Kimberly every morning as we walked through the door. Life goes on but work was never the same for me following his dismissal.

So to Terry, Dave, The Mayor, Bob, Tom, and Dave, thank you for loyalty, your support and your friendship. It’s times like these, you find out who your friends are.

Hired Together, Fired together.

Some people thrive on the element of the unknown. I’m not one of them. As many of you know, I like routine. Up at 2:00, at the station by 3:20 a.m., on the air at 5:00, gym at 11:00 etc. Oh, and in bed by 8:00! This is where Pat the Producer would insert his old man sound. It all came to a screeching halt on May 22nd, 2014.

It was two weeks ago today we were shown the door. It was an incredible almost 14 year run for Kimberly and me. Our goal is to remain together and in ROC. This has become home for us. We love Western New York and all our listeners .. The 4th Man. Your support and loyalty during this transition period is unreal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

As for loyalty, I can’t imagine doing a radio show without Kimberly. She is not only the best morning show partner I’ve had, she has also become my best friend. We were hired together and we were fired together. And we WILL be hired together again!

My days are now filled with workouts, fishing, house cleaning and looking for our next opportunity. Kimberly and I talk multiple times a day. There are many laughs and our spirits are high. In fact, we are having lunch today Yes I will have a chicken Caesar salad. That’s not changing because I’m a routine guy.

Hope to see ya soon on the radio!