The ink is not dry, the role is not yet defined, but my next step in radio will be with 106.7 The Fan here in Washington, DC.
When my position was cut at ESPN980, The Fan was naturally the first place I wanted to look. I've really, truly enjoyed my time in Washington, DC and felt like I had more to offer to a dedicated group of listeners, who as DC sports fans, had welcomed me into their world. Add that to the respect I had from listening to their station and was there was no doubt I wanted to explore what possibilities existed there.
I soon found out they had good people, too. As the news started to spread, Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier were two of the very first people I heard from. I had gotten to know Grant minimally at Redskins games, but had never met or talked to Danny at all outside of a few tweets. Both guys reached out immediately to let me know that if there was anything they could do, they'd be willing to help. Grant and I had dinner within 48 hours of everything going down and, despite the fact that we had never really talked outside of the Redskins before, he helped me set a plan for what would be next. Little did we know at the time that that plan would lead me to his studio.
Support like that is essential in the media business. It's a rough, rough business for everyone. My story is hardly unique. People lose jobs because jobs are being lost. There just aren't as many as there used to be. That's why I was so thrilled when Chris Kinard told me that he had one available. He and I had met back in February and he was straight with me. He liked me. He had no jobs and no wiggle room, but to stay in touch. By June, things had changed and something had become available. It's part-time. It's going to be as-needed, but damnit it's a job with an incredible station working with incredibly talented people and for a boss that believes in what I can be. That's all I can reasonably ask for.
The plan for now is for me to predominantly be an anchor on sports flashes. There might be some chances to host some shows. There might be some chances to produce behind the scenes. I'm willing to do it all. I have no idea how often I'll be on the air because "as needed" means just that, but I'll be sure to tweet out when I'm headed in. Or just listen to The Fan all the time, every day and you'll be sure not to miss me!
I added "(For Now)" to the title of this post because for as grateful as I am for this opportunity, no one looks at a part-time job in the career field of their choice and says "this will do for me." Of course I still would like to find full-time work. If I could carve out exactly what I wanted, it would be full-time with 106.7 The Fan and I wouldn't go anywhere. That said, if someone comes calling with an opportunity that makes sense, I'll take it. The only difference now is I truly have the power to say "I'm happy where I am" if the opportunity isn't the right one, because I very much am.
In the meantime, this blog will not go anywhere and neither will the podcast. The most likely way this job plays out is that I'm predominantly anchoring sports flashes, so I'll certainly want a space to get all my opinions out and that will be here. To everyone who has read and listened, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and you. It's what's pushed me to keep going. So off we go on this incredibly exciting next step...for now!
UPDATE(!!!): Shortly after publishing this post I received an email from Ryan MaGuire, the PD at WQAM in Miami, another fine CBS Radio station. Ryan had apparently been keeping an eye on me and this very blog (hi, Ryan!) and now that I had been made a part of the family with CBS, he was interested in having me do some work for him as well.
With that said, I'm going to be hosting on WQAM next Wednesday (July 21st) from 6-10 pm and I'd love for you to check it out. You can listen at WQAM.com or on the Radio.com app on your mobile device.
That's all for now. Until the next phone call!