Anyways, today's show started with an early appearance of a US senator, Joe Donnelly. The senator from South Bend called in at 5:58am to talk about military suicide and heroin addiction and a possible government shutdown. It’s tough to be cheery in the face of darkness and a US senator who may or may not have had his coffee yet.
9:09pm on a Thursday evening
Al Hamnik, the sportswriter from the Times, talked about EC Central hiring local legend Pete Trgovich, also of UCLA fame, instead of staying with Abe Brown. It’s a big controversy in the land of steel and corruption, and Al saying “Abe would be my choice” didn’t silence any of the critics of the decision.
For lunch I met Wes Lukoshus of Purdue Calumet to talk about the 30th anniversary of his show, aptly named Purdue Calumet Sports Insights. That's right. Wes has been doing it for 30 years, and it may be the longest running same show in the same timeslot in all of America. Come to think of it... Wes even broadcasted during the bankruptcy days of WJOB before Alexis and I came along. Those were some pretty dark days in terms of local radio. Just goes to show you the resilience of the quiet man from Hessville.
We ate at the Hotel and Restaurant Management department restaurant on campus. That was kinda cool, except they ran out of the chicken and I had to eat a grilled cheese with, yuk, split pea soup with ham in it. I don't like split pea soup... and I don't eat red meat. So there. But other than that I ran into a bunch of people who listen to the show and that's always kinda cool. One of them was a Hispanic woman who went to high school with Alexis and works in the Chemistry department. I wish I could remember names but really it's only faces.
I later hung around the station to give a tour to a guy I'm trying to sell a studio sponsorship to. That's what I should be doing with about half of my time - selling - but instead I devote about two percent of my time to that endeavor and that's why we're almost scooting along the bottom of the parabola. That's all right, though. Radio - good local radio - is beautiful in its own way and if you love it enough to write an ongoing blog about the death of it... then you no doubt like getting up real early in the morning to talk for four hours.
Except this. I'm not doing the show tomorrow morning. Verlie Suggs is taking my place just because I want a day off. I'm tired and I need to do about six big projects that don't have anything to do with being on the air - including to finish two big sales proposals. A lotta people like Verlie better than me anyways. I know that Phil and Janet Venecz of Hammond do. They brought a bag of tomatoes to the studio for both of us, and Verlie only comes on once a week usually. That's saying something, you know.