Happy Anniversary (to me)
Today is my anniversary.
Yep, exactly one year ago I was told that, after 27 years, I no longer was a part of the KQ Morning Show.
A lot has happened since then.
A few months later, I also was told I no longer was wanted on Sports Radio 105 the Ticket.
Same guy told me. So far, I am the only person I know to be fired by the same guy from two different jobs.
If you know anyone to be fired by the same person from two different jobs, let me know. We can start a club.
Anyway, the only remnant from my KQ days is that I still wake up most mornings around 4 a.m.
Apparently, there is no re-setting a body clock whose alarm went off at 4 o’clock every morning for more than a quarter of a century. I have learned to roll over and go back to sleep.
I am still learning to deal with what has become the biggest impact of losing two jobs: Paying for my own health insurance. With my wife Mary and five kids, it is costing me nearly $1900 a month. It’s enough to make me sick.
What has made things easier, much easier, is a relationship with Tom Barnard that began 28 years ago.
When I was set adrift from Cumulus, which owns KQ and what was 105 the Ticket and now is a hip-hop station, Tom tossed me a life preserver.
He offered me the chance to do a podcast on his network, in one of his studios.
I am indebted to him and his family for that. Tom, Kathryn, Andy and Alex and Dan have been wonderful to me and my daughter, Samantha, who produces my podcast. I call Sam my dauducer (daughter/producer).
Since July, I have been doing “The BS Show” on the Tom Barnard Digital Radio Network. I have terrific sponsors and I’m having a great time. I have kick-ass guests every day, including Mike Gelfand on Mondays and Friday’s; Mike and I were on the KQ Morning Show together for 25 years. (Listen live to “The BS Show” Monday through Friday, 1-2 p.m. via tombarnardshow.com or download episodes at thebsshow.net)
Exactly one year ago, I didn’t know what would be next in life.
A year later, I know. And, other than paying for my own insurance, it’s a wonderful life.
Which also happens to be the name of my favorite movie. But that’s a blog for another day.