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“Want to hang out this weekend?”

 

It’s been QUITE some time since I’ve uttered those six words. This week, it’s a legit question!

After seven months and thirteen days off the air, the “radio drought” ends this Saturday night (6/30/2018) at 6pm. As Robert Feder first reported, I will be back behind the microphone at Chicago’s Big 95-5, #1 for NEW country!

Thanks for all of your awesome comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Man, have I missed talking with you!

Just to clarify: This is a part-time position. I won’t be on during the week unless someone is on vacation or calls out sick. My regular shifts will be on Saturdays and Sundays. This weekend, it’s 6p-Midnight Saturday and 6p-10p Sunday. I’ll keep you updated on social media if/when those times change.

For those of you who only know me from Chicago radio, you may not realize this is actually a return to country radio. I started that phase of my career in 2004 at 99-9 Kiss Country in Miami and spent the next 6 years having a blast at stations like 98.7 WMZQ in Washington DC and KMLE Country 108 in Phoenix. Country music fans are some of the kindest and most loyal of ALL radio listeners. Are YOU one? If not, give it a shot! You’ll LOVE this station.

I want to thank Program Director Lance Houston, SVP/Programming Tommy Austin, and Region President Matt Scarano for welcoming me into the iHeartMedia family. Also, my sincere appreciation goes to 93.9 Lite-FM Program Director Mick Lee for all his support.

Remember: if you’re not in Chicago, you can listen to Big 95-5 on the iHeartRadio app. Our studio line is 844-955-9550. I sure hope you’ll use it this weekend!

Radio’s Revolving Door…And A Promise

As I have said on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I am SO grateful for the last four-and-a-half years you’ve listened to my show on (the now-former) 104.3 K-Hits! Sadly, that era has come to an end.

Hey, I’ve been doing this radio thing since 1990. November 23rd to be exact. So, I’m about to celebrate 27 years behind the microphone! The reality is losing my job to a format change has become “old hat.”

Listeners and friends have been extremely kind to reach out and ask if I’m OK. The answer is “YES!” These things don’t bring me down. In fact, it’s the nature of this business I chose. You know the old saying: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” I know how this game plays out! With very few exceptions in my career, the experience has been worth the end result – whatever that may have been.

Nearly 15 years ago, I was in a similar predicament when the company that owned Energy 92-7 & 5 folded. I wanted desperately to stay on the radio here in Chicago. So, I stuck around. Eventually, the severance ran out. Then, the unemployment ran out. Finally, my savings and patience ran out. I had to find work elsewhere. That’s when I took a job doing mornings in Indianapolis.

I told myself it was only temporary…until something opened up in Chicago. I would only be three hours down the road and could just come back home. While the job DID turn out to be “temporary” (it lasted only one year), my next stop wasn’t Chicago. Nor was the next one…nor the following one…nor another four for that matter! It took TEN years for me to find the right opportunity in my favorite city on Earth. That, of course, was at 104.3 K-Hits.

I will NOT repeat this a second time! I have zero intention of leaving Chicago again. The key difference this time is that I’m 100% willing to walk away from radio. If no opportunities present themselves here in a timely manner, I’m “hanging up the headphones” as they say.  I’ve finally reached the point where quality of life trumps passion. I love this city so much, I’ll sacrifice a nearly 30 year career to stay.

This decision was not made hastily. I’ve had to pack my things, move to a new city, and basically uproot my life TWELVE times! While that was fun as a teenager in the early ’90s, the whole experience lost its luster many years ago. There won’t be a 13th time.

Sooooooo, you will either hear me on the radio soon…or find me packing boxes at Amazon! If it’s the latter, please subscribe to Amazon Prime. See? I’m already on the job! A.B.C. Always. Be. Closing.