Hosted the morning show... some talk amongst callers about Kim Davis, religious rockstar. She's the county cllerk from Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Attorney general Greg Zoeller called in... we talked about the Anitidote for heroin users and how the Antidote should be more readily available. I didn't know anything about the Antidote, whatever it's called, and I sure as hell had no idea that the attorney general would be fighting to make it more easily available to keep drug users alive. But he is.
After the show I went for lunch at El Taco Real in north Hammond with Dave Ryan, the executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. Dave's holding this big business expo on the 23rd and I'm once again the moderator of the luncheon discussion. Last year it was healthcare reform, and this year it's economic development. We went over the game plan for the discussion in front of 350 people... which is essentially start talking about bringing more business to northwest Indiana and don't stop for about 50 minutes. It's one of the few things I agree to host that's outside of the WJOB studio. In the end, I do the most good for the Region by sitting in my chair every morning and talking and taking calls. I'm convinced of this and nothing you say will convince me otherwise.
And here's a little secret that only you and the other two people who read this blog know - I'm taking Friday and Monday off. I'm burnt out and Alexis and I may go see my daughter for a couple days. You, if you're local radio guy or gal like me, know that once you get too burned out your show turns stale, you start to wonder if this is what you should be doing. I'd love to have perfect attendance year-round... but that's not the key to making a good, solid radio show day in and out. You gotta keep everything fresh, and that includes yourself. It was a lot to move twice in a year - once to the temp studios on the campus of the Purdue Commercialization Center and again to our final destination. I basically led the planning, design and implementation and after a while you'd rather smoke weed and watch "Fletch." That's kinda where I'm at right now... although I probably won't do either.
It's good to have a strong stable of fill-in hosts. Dave Kusiak, Verlie Suggs, Andy Qunell, Chuck Pullen, Tom Dabertin, Geno... and I'm sure I'm forgetting someone. I can leave now and know there's a solid fill-in. It hasn't always been that way. It may become even more important to have capable fill-ins as I get more involved in helping to bring a venture capital community to Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond. Silicon Boulevard, baby. Believe it if you need it... if not just pass it on. That's enough for now for all three of you. Talk to you tomorrow.