Why am I leaving radio? The most honest, detailed answer would require a long explanation best delivered over a few beers. The short answer is it’s just time. I know that’s lazy and doesn’t offer much in the way of explanation. It’s kinda like saying, “it is what it is.” There’s not a whole lot of satisfaction in hearing that as an answer, but it’s the best I’ve got right now. It’s just time.
Let me try to anticipate some of the questions and reactions in response to my radio sabbatical (I’ll address why I’m calling it that in a minute).
First, do not email the GM, call the radio station, or march down there with pitchforks in hand. Well, you can certainly do all of those things, but don’t do them thinking the radio station kicked me to the curb or demand they reinstate me. (Although, I did appreciate many of you doing that last time I left the station.) This time it was my decision. And management even let me stay on the air after they knew I was going to leave. That was a class move on their part. Or maybe they just didn’t care, but I’m going with class.
Maybe in a future blog or podcast I’ll elaborate on why I’m leaving and why I feel it’s time. But not today.
Speaking of the future, what should you expect from this website? Will you ever hear from me again? Am I going to podcast? I don’t know. I’ve got some ideas bouncing around in my head. What comes of them is going to depend largely on what my free time and schedule look like now that my alarm will not be going off somewhere around 3am. But stay tuned.
I do not know who or what is going to take over the morning show. That’s no longer my domain.
So why a sabbatical? Technically, yes, I’m quitting radio. But I’m still relatively young and who knows what will happen down the road. I remember as a kid hearing that my grandmother, a college professor, had gone on sabbatical. I didn’t really know what it meant at the time, I just got the impression it was like a timeout from your job to go do something else. It’s time for me to go do something else.
Finally, it’s been an honor to be a part of your morning routine for almost five years. I appreciate all the comments, calls, emails, gifts, and support you’ve given over the years. I appreciate you helping with our toy drives and fundraisers. I still have the bumper stickers you made and the baby gifts from when my children were born. My wife can give you dozens of stories about listeners coming up to her and asking how “little Elvis” was doing. It’s all still very surreal that anyone remembers, pays attention, or has ever been moved by anything I’ve said on the air. And I’m grateful for it all.
But during my time on the air in Waco we’ve moved five times, sold a house, bought a house, had two kids, lost a dog, lost a job, got rehired, and, now, quit a job. My wife commuted from Waco to DFW for the better part of three years. While pregnant. Twice.
We moved back to DFW and that’s made the logistics of doing a radio show for Waco somewhat difficult. So it’s time for us to make some things permanent. It’s time for me to go do new things. If you’ve listened to the show you’ve probably heard me tell you about the SAT/ACT tutoring I’ve been doing on the side for the past decade. I’m going to do more of that. You’ve heard me complain about the problems we face as a society in educating our children. I’m going to stop complaining (or at least stop publicly complaining, or maybe just complain a bit less) and try to figure out how to best address these problems and involve myself in the system, if for no other reason than to be a more informed parent and educator.
All that requires time and a new focus on new things.
Thank you again for everything you’ve given me over the past five years. I hope I made your morning drive, time at the office, or morning school routine a little more interesting and though provoking. If so, then I did my job.
Thanks, Waco and Central Texas. It’s been great.
P.S. You can still follow me on twitter and find me on facebook.
Little Elvis at Lake Waco
Lemonade stand 2012
Tea Party at Indian Springs park
With my favorite people at the HOT fair and rodeo
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores
One of the outstanding baby gifts. Nipple hat.
Glenn Beck book signing in Waco.
State Sen Brian Birdwell