Right now, the Munster Chamber of Commerce with Karen Maravilla is doing a show. Two people from Community Hospital are with her. This is what we do. I talk until 8am or so and then people from the community come in and talk about their stuff. There are dozens of "Community Programming Initiative" shows. They pay to be on the air. Everybody wins.
I started out the morning show at 5:40am standing on Indianapolis Boulevard outside with the wireless microphone pack strapped to my belt. You can hear the trucks zooming by in the background. It doesn't sound great. The rush of the engines sometimes drowns out what I'm saying. But it looks cool on camera. 18-wheelers roll by a few feet away from where I talk and gesticulate wildly.
The scene is all the more surreal in that I stand outside where my relatives first walked into the Region after the Chicago fire 148 years ago. I sometimes feel their presence.
Covered in soot,
walking on foot,
one turns to the other, the
father to mother - This
is the place. Stop.
They took a left and settled a couple blocks from where I'm typing this to you right now. I am hanging around because Ken Benich and Esther Goodes of the Hammond school system aren't sure if they want me to host their show or not. Shamari Walker, you know him, is the featured guest this morning. Shamari won the Amazon scholarship. There's 100 across the country for young engineers.
Shamari is also the guy who wrote the software for the HeyJED app. So they may ask me to guide the show.
... So I stood outside on Indianapolis Boulevard this morning and talked about the mood in this country. I think something is changing. For four and a half years since Trump came on the campaign scene, it's been a barrel of laughs. Really. Whether you like him or not, you cannot deny that Donald Trump has made life entertaining. He's a master showman. He's also an egotist, so what he presents is both funny and sad but never boring.
Things are changing, nationally and locally. I can feel it. It's going from all fun and games to somebody could get hurt. There's an eerie hate that surfaces on the air at WJOB and behind the scenes. The same strain of hate is at the national level. I sense that something bad's gonna happen. I hope that it's just a feeling and that it will pass. Talk soon.