855pm. I didn't use my car all Sunday so when I went out this morning to drive to the station, I forgot that I had a flat tire. Oops.
Never mind. Make lemonade. I went back in the house, got all bundled up, and then rode my bike the 3.2 miles to work. Except that I didn't realize that it was 54 degrees out and no wind. Humid. Sweated my ass off. But as far as the lemonade goes, I called the studio at precisely 530 and went live. I gave the weather, some traffic, previewed who was coming on the show, commented on football over the weekend - all while riding my bike by Cabelas and 80-94.
It was great. I've always wanted to do the first ten or 15 minutes of the show while riding my bike in... but producer Ryan is against it, says it's unprofessional. But hey, Ryan took a day off so this is what you get. A panting 52-year-old guy doing live radio on his bicycle.
And I'm not even embarrassed by it. In fact, I'd like to do it again.
Dave Bochnowski of Peoples Bank came on the show today. His family started the 200-employee bank out of safe in East Chicago a hundred years ago or so. It is truly an interesting story. But it's even more compelling that Dave served in Viet Nam, eating and drinking the local stuff, and wound up contracting Myeloma. It's a cancer linked to Agent Orange in which your bones can break. He underwent a ton of treatments and he's on the verge of becoming cancer free... and he's got a lot to say about how we treat those who have served. Dave says we can send soldiers to war and then basically forget about them. Pretty good stuff. If you know how to find my podcasts, listen to it.
You might also take a listen to the interview with Megan Glaros. She's the channel 2 weather woman from Lake Central who got to interview Barack Obama recently. Her dad came in for the "Winner's Circle" segment and then Megan called in as today's guest. Lots of energy, Megan really is a role model. Proud papa smiled his way through the entire interview.
So there. I spent a good portion of the afternoon hanging out at Big George's car repair shop on Ridge Road in Lansing. Big George, remotely related to me, does a popular car show on Saturday mornings. I watched the Purdue game in Maui on his TV while they fixed the flat, changed the oil. They charged me the "Preacher Special" price, which somehow made me think of our afternoon host who died almost three years ago now. Yeah, I miss him. But tonight triggers fired at random airing spots at random during the broadcast of the IU game and producer Harlow couldn't figure it out, said he was spooked.
Didn't have the heart to insinuate that Preach is still causing havoc. It's what he did best.