Editorial: A Bittersweet Announcement
On Feb. 25. 2014, there was a lot of excitement going on in my life: I was married to an amazing woman, I was learning how to be the best father I could be to our, then, 10-month-old son and I was about to start my first day at Live 95.9 as the afternoon drive time host.
Walking into the station for that first day, I had very little idea of what to expect. My game plan was simple; ask as many questions as I can, learn every ounce of everything that I can and, simply, listen. That first day was the beginning of this brand new road that I didn't expect to travel.
Nearly five years later, that road has lead me to take on my next challenge.
Earlier this week, I officially accepted a position to continue to my career in the world of radio -- albeit in a new location. That new location is a place my family and I always wanted to end up at; Cape Cod. I expected this day to come at some point, but not for a little while -- maybe even a couple of years from now. But alas, an opportunity came along and I couldn't pass it up.
There are so many things to be thankful for when it comes to working on Jason Street in Pittsfield and living in the Berkshires for the last 8-plus years -- from the people, the learning, the opportunities to become more versatile, the relationships that I've been able to build in the community and that's just the tip of the iceberg. In the interest of finding the proper way to deliver all of the thank-you's I need to give, I will hold off on that until it all becomes that much more real. There is still some time to deliver that message as my final day with the company will be Monday, Dec. 31 -- which will culminate with a live broadcast between 7 and 9 p.m. (details to come in the coming weeks).
It's a bittersweet moment for me because I am excited to take on a new challenge -- something I thrive on -- but it is also very sad to leave this incredible place. Trying to find the balance in that can be very difficult. Getting outside of your comfort zone is very difficult. However, it is something I am ready to do.
I will have a lot more to say to all of our incredible listeners in the coming weeks. For now, I just want to show my gratitude and appreciation to the Berkshires. Live 95.9 has come a long way since I began here in 2014 and as much as we have evolved over the years, it means the world that you guys and gals have come along for the ride with us. From Take Home a Highlander year after year, to the Throwback era that was ushered in, to being out and about throughout the community, chatting and laughing with you all over the years, it has been truly an incredible experience.
You guys are the best!