After graduation life became an adventure, including some college, lots of travel and just learning to enjoy life. My education has been diversified to say the least attending several colleges and universities a few courses at a time and ending my formal education at Iowa State.
My occupations have been many, with the last 35 years spent in broadcasting
in one form or another. I have many things I love, my wife Chris, my daughter
Paula and my son Shad. I love also love Ames and Iowa. What I am and what I will
be is always grateful to the people and things that have surrounded my life in
this great part of the country we live in. The are a lot of things I've left out
but I'm sure we'll share more as you continue to visit this site.
I have been living in L.A. (Lovely Ames) for over 38 years, it was a choice I made when I was very young and have never regretted. Several times I was faced with life decisions that could have taken me away from this area. The first being the sale of WOI-TV and my job being downsized out, My position was such that a move seemed inevitable, and the planning that went into staying was a bit nerve wracking. One day I noticed an ad in the shopper wanting a radio announcer at KASI. I came down and interviewed, luckily owner Betty Baudler and News Director Rich Fellingham decided to take a gamble and give me a chance and for that I am forever greatful. what for me was going to be a one year stint now is approaching 23 years. During that time the station changed hands and was sold to Clear Channel Communications and I feared I might be looking again. I must say the change was seamless and they decided to gamble on keeping me and quite frankly have been as caring and compassionate company as I have ever worked for. I bring this up because at this time of year we think of almost everything but the people who have made the things we do possible, I don't really agree that corporations are people but this one has always had a heart. Thanks to all those gamblers who let me be me and all of you who make me better each and every day.
As we wind down our Penny Pick up campaign for Shop With a Cop I have to admit I have never felt the flood of emotions as I have this holiday season. We have had donations from 4 cents to $5,000, The ages run from 2 yars old to I dont't want to tell you my age. I've had handshakes and hugs, smiles and tears as we've shared those giving moments. The generosity of this community is overwhelming and I cannot express my love and appreciation to each and everyone of you.
Are we but lemmings being led to the Christmas shopping cliff? Every year marketing folks and now the media convince us that the amout of shopping days for Christmas is dependent upon when the Thanksgiving holiday lands. Here's some breaking news, the amount of shopping days never changes with the exception of Leap Year where you get one more. You can buy those presents at any time of year, you are not limited to the weeks following Thanksgiving. I applaud those who came up with the Black Friday concept and abhor those who decided it needed to be moved back to Thursday. Shop sensibly, a bargain is only a bargain if you need it. Gifts come from the heart not the wallet and should come with the genuine spirit of giving.