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2014. A Few Highlights.

2014 marked my first full year here in Maryville, Missouri working for Nodaway Broadcasting as the News/Sports Director for 97.1 The Vill (KVVL) and 95.9-1580 KNIM.  It was a great year on the job and meeting a couple of social media friends in person.

Through the first quarter, I called Maryville High School basketball and area county school games.  This got me through the month of February.  After about 4 weeks off, the Maryville baseball season began in late March.  Still cold here during that time.  There were a few early cancellations/postponements.

April 28th was my father Don’s 69th birthday.  That day I drove south about 100 miles to meet my friend Donlyn Turnbull for the first time.  We’re both big baseball fans.  She loves the Nationals and I of course the Royals.  Donlyn works as the “New Media Director” for Tea Party Express.  They were in the middle of a bus tour that started in Florida and ran through, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma before stopping in Wichita and then Olathe, Kansas.  It was great to see her and get acquainted for an hour or two before they had to pick up and leave and head for Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.

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The month of May brought another social media meeting.  In February during a Maryville City Council meeting, it was announced that Janine Stange would be visiting.  Janine is known as “The National Anthem Girl.”  On August 28th, she completed her mission of becoming the first person to sing our anthem in all 50 states.  Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, Janine came to Maryville to sing to lead off our “Country Music Festival” and made Missouri her 32nd state.  The Thursday prior, she stopped in Clarinda, Iowa for state #30 and went to Omaha, Nebraska that Friday for state #31.  If you haven’t already heard of her, she can be found online at nationalanthemgirl.org.  Janine’s mission is to promote patriotism and honor our nations military.

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From June through August it was all about following the Royals.  Getting to a handful of games.

August meant time for the start of the high school football season.  Maryville came into the year riding a 30 game winning streak.  At that time, it was the 11th longest win streak in the country.  Included back to back state championships.  The Spoofhounds would carry that out to 42 games, before losing to Oak Grove in the state quarterfinals.  Fantastic run.  Neat to be a part of wins 16-42 in that streak.

Now the finale.  I have been a Kansas City Royals fan since the age of 9.  1980.  That year the Royals made their first ever World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.  My brother Adam picked Philly, I chose KC.  It’s stuck for the both of us.  This fall was absolutely surreal for me.  My team not only makes the playoffs, but proceeds to win 8 straight games in the playoffs before falling short against the Giants.  I was fortunate to see 4 playoff games at Kauffman Stadium.  Game #4 that clinched the ALCS against the Orioles and then Games 1-6-7 of the World Series.  Amazing ride, so fun.  Nice to be relevant again.  I can’t thank Jeff Lantz enough.  He got me tickets for the Series.  Jeff and I go back to our days working together for the Iowa Cubs.  He recently left his job with the Baltimore Orioles to be Director Of Communications for Minor League Baseball.  Best to you in the new position Jeff.

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My seat for Game 1.

Happy New Year to all.  Here’s to a great 2015.

Life Can Change In An Instant

Today ended about a 72 hour period for me where things went from A-OK to rather serious.

Sunday night I began to experience some discomfort in my lower stomach.  Wasn’t sure if it was a simple stomach ache or perhaps I was hungry.   As I was trying to fall asleep, the thought of problems to my appendix did occur to me.  I didn’t sleep well, tossing and turning trying to get comfortable.  When I woke up for work Monday, it was still hurting.  After I got out of the warm shower, it felt manageable and I drove into work.

I walked into the office at around 5:00 as per usual.  Gathered the news and sports to prepare them for air.  Recorded news/sports for KNIM without any issues.  Then it hit me while I was sitting down.  A strong shooting pain near the lower right side of my stomach.  It scared me.  Stood up to walk into my office and it became more severe.  Bent me over.  I couldn’t stand up.  Became flush, felt very warm and I lost control of my breathing a bit.

My boss walked past and noticed me grabbing my side and mentioned my appendix, which I was now 100% sure was an issue.  He told me to record some news for The Vill and then head to the the emergency room.  I was out of the building within 10 minutes on the short 2 minute drive to St Francis Hospital, just down the street from our studios.

I checked in around 6:30.  Took some blood samples.  Finally got into get a CT scan around 10:00.  By 10:30 the doctor came and told me that the scan did not reveal appendicitis.  He did say it looked as though the walls of my intestine were irritated and enlarged.  Said I also could have colitis. Told me I could leave with a prescription, but he advised I be admitted immediately so that they could get me on antibiotics to try to reduce the swelling.  I agreed.

Later in the morning another doctor visited my room and said he was very concerned I had appendictis even though the CT didn’t show it.  He pressed around my affected area and it became irritated.  They took a few more blood samples.  Doctor also told me he was trying to get a consult to come up from Kansas City because there were no available surgeons at St Francis.  That doctor never showed.  By then my white blood cell count had increased significantlly in a matter of hours.  Calls were made and off to St Joseph’s Heartland Regional Medical Center I went by Nodaway County Ambulance.

I had been in contact with my parents from Des Moines by then and they were on their way down to meet me.  Shortly after we were on the road to St Joe, Mom texts me and says “we are right behind you.”  After looking through the back window I texted back “perfect timing.”  Mom texts back “God is in control.”  It was comforting to have them both near.

Got into Heartland Regional around 8:15.  Shortly after the surgeon visited my room and told me after looking at my CT scan he was convinced I had appendicitis.  He said we could wait until the morning, but he advised we do it ASAP.  It was around 9:00.  I looked over at my parents and told him, “yes let’s get this done with.”

Surgery prep began and I was wheeled into surgery around 9:30.  An hour later I was out and in recovery.  Wheeled back into my room around 11:15.  Mom and dad spent the night with me in the room.  That was Monday.

The surgeon visited me Tuesday afternoon to discuss what he saw.  He described my infection as “juicy.”  I had quite a bit of nasty stuff there.  I asked him if we would have waited until Tuesday…..yes my appendix would have exploded.  His main concern now was to keep me on antibiotics for another day before I could be released.

My pain levels were rather low.  A blessing.  I was walking around the halls the next morning.  The surgery now is very uninvasive.  I have three small incisions in my upper, middle and lower belly.  I am in very good health too.  Realize this helped me begin to recover so quickly.

I checked out at around NOON Wednesday.  Mom and Dad helped me get some things at the grocery store because I am not allowed to drive for the rest of the week.  Shortly thereafter they went back to Des Moines.  I cannot say how much I appreciate them.  Love them.  Am blessed to still have them nearby.  I got emotional when I said goodbye because I didn’t have to go through this event alone.

If you messaged me on facebook or twitter.  Thank you.  I appreciate your friendship.  It’s so great to have friends who support and care about you when you need it the most.

Gonna be relaxing and doing nothing for the next 5 days before I head back to work on Monday.  I have a follow up appointment in 3 weeks.

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Don’t Take Mom & Dad For Granted

I have been in Maryville for nearly one year.  I started July 29th of last year.  As some of you know by my tweets/facebook posts, it has been positive in many regards.  One includes seeing my parents more.

I attended a funeral today for a friend’s mother who passed away last Tuesday.  She was 69.  As I was sitting in the service, I couldn’t help but think about all my friends who have lost either one or both of their parents.  I am very blessed to have both of my parents alive and in good health.

Some of you are probably thinking how I could see my parents MORE by living 140 miles away from my hometown of Des Moines.  But it is true.  I freely admit I took my parents for granted by living in the same city as them for virtually my entire life.  I get to Des Moines a lot during the weekends despite living in Maryville, Missouri and I always see them when I go into town.  It’s true that you appreciate the people who you are close to more after not being around them.

They helped me move along with my brother Seth, are my biggest “fan” and supporter in everything that I do.

If you have lost one or both of your parents, I want to let you know that I was thinking of you today.

 

 

 

Six Straight Days Of High School Hoops

Last week I logged 732 miles on my car.  Traveled all over Northwest Missouri to call high school basketball.  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from Maryville to Lathrop and back.  Wednesday and Friday from Maryville to Mound City and back.  Saturday from Maryville to Eagleville and back.  I’m becoming well acquainted with the highways here.  I’ll admit driving so much is kind of a drag, but it’s part of the job.  And I get to do something I love, call basketball games.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday I followed the Maryville girls and boys.  Monday the girls lost to Lathrop to end their season.  Tuesday the boys beat Cameron but lost to Lawson Thursday to end their season.  It was a rough year for Maryville.  Both teams won a combined 10 games.

Wednesday and Friday I called the Nodaway-Holt girls games.  The Trojans are currently undefeated at 26-0 after winning their district and are ranked #1 in Missouri Class 1.  They feature Megan Rosenbohm who has comitted to play for Division II Southwest Baptist in the MIAA (Same league as Maryville’s Northwest Missouri State).  Nodaway-Holt plays Mercer (26-1) tomorrow night for a trip to the state quarterfinals.

Saturday I made the trek to Eagleville to call the Stanberry vs Jefferson (Conception Junction) Boys District Championship.  Stanberry came out on top and they moved to 24-1 with the win.  They meet Rock Port tomorrow night, also for a birth to the quarterfinals.

I’ll be traveling to St Joseph (80+ mile round trip from Maryville) tomorrow night to call both above mentioned games.  I’ll be heading back there on Saturday for the quarterfinal round also.

The Missouri State Championships are next week in Columbia.  Unlike my home state of Iowa, they do a “Final Four” format.  And it runs Thursday to Saturday.  I am planning on making the trip, figuring at least one of the teams I am following will make it to either the old Hearnes Center or the more modern Mizzou Arena.

I’ll get a week off before the Maryville baseball season.  First game is scheduled for the 25th.  Excited for the baseball season in general and getting back to “The K” to see my Royals again.

All of the games I called are archived here:  http://nodawaybroadcasting.com/nwmohssports.php

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Working With Zero Tension Is Refreshing

I’m in my 4th week at my new job in Maryville.  I was just sitting here today thinking about how my tension level is virtually zero.  I felt quite a bit from the time of the initial call I received from my current boss when he offered the job to the point of my first day.  Yet that sort of tension is only natural, I’m sure you’d agree.  Changing jobs/moving is stressful.  But I have settled in greatly here.  Looking forward to what my future brings.

But the real point I want to make is going into work every morning feeling no stress.  I haven’t felt that way since the early days at KXnO Radio in Des Moines.

Without going into details, my last two Monday-Friday stops in radio weren’t ideal.  The supervisors I had there micro-managed me and quite frankly didn’t trust me to do the job in my opinion.  I don’t react very well when being micro-managed.  It affects my job performance. 

I am so blessed to be here.  I’ve probably bored you all to death by telling you how happy I am.  But it’s the truth.  I’m not ashamed to admit I was dead wrong about the initial thoughts I had about coming here.  Working in corporate radio is not all you might think it is.  There is something to be said for local radio mom and pops who work hard in a small business format to be a public service to their community.  I am pleased that I can be a part of that in Maryville.

I truly feel respected and trusted now.  You can’t imagine how great that feels.  Sometime down the line in a later blog, I’ll write about how everything came into place for me here after I said “yes” to the job offer of Jim and Joyce Cronin.

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Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is A Good Thing

I just completed my 2nd week, 1st full week at the new job here in Maryville, MO with Nodaway Broadcasting (97.1 The Vill and 95.9/1580 KNIM).  Last week I attended a little news conference with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon who visited regarding a veto he made on a tax for prescription drugs.  Got a chance to meet a few city officials there.  This week I had a one hour sit down with Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice.  Just kind of a “get to know you session.”  Very friendly guy.  In fact, everyone here has been friendly and welcoming.

I had my first extended on air appearance last night.  I interviewed a few 8 man high school football coaches for a series we are doing called “Fan Camp.”  I’ve got more of those the next two Fridays before the season kicks off on August 30th.

This is something I needed.  Moving out of Iowa.  It’s been home all my life, but change has been good for me.  I don’t think I fully saw that until after I got settled here last Saturday after my move.  By the way, thanks to Mom, Dad and my brother Seth for helping me with that.  Moving isn’t usually fun, but as the four of us sat down for some pizza to end the day, mom said she “had fun.”  It was more about us just being together.  I always appreciate time with my family.  Even if it includes moving a few heavy things.

Jim and Joyce Cronin (the owners) have been very good to me already.  Case in point.  My travel expenses.  Jim had a check for me the same day after I submitted a receipt for the truck and gas charges.  I’ve worked in corporate radio most of my life and normally you wouldn’t see a check for a few weeks at best.  They also took me out to lunch after my first day on the job a week ago Tuesday.

My duties include working with Jim on the morning show (97.1 The Vill).  I do twice hourly news/sports updates from 6a-8:35a.  I also record news/sports for 95.9/1580 KNIM that plays throughout the day.

If you want to check me out, you can at either nodawaybroadcasting.com or by searching K V V L on the TUNEIN App.  My “Fan Camp” interviews are posted on the website.  Under the Sports Tab, click on FAN CAMP.

If that little voice in your head is discouraging you from picking up and getting out of your comfort zone, resist it.  Leave.  It’s a good thing.

Oh and perks.  Going to see my Royals tonight and Sunday.  Tonight I’m gonna hang out with my old broadcasting partner Larry Cotlar.  He and his wife and step son are in KC now.  How great is it that I am this close to Kauffman Stadium the first year they are playing well in years?  See!  God just might bless you in a mysterious way by doing what he asks!

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Starting A New Job At The End Of The Month

I have acccepted a full-time radio news/sports job in Maryville, MO with 97.1 KVVL and 1580 KNIM.  Will be starting at the end of the month.

This all came about pretty quickly.  2 weeks ago I got an unsolicited phone call from Jim Cronin with Nodaway Broadcasting in Maryville.  He told me that he got a referral from a job service I subscribe to (Sportscasters Talent Agency of America -OR- STAA).  Asked me if I was interested, I said sure.  Went down last weekend for an interview with the husband/wife team who run the stations.  Spoke with each of them last Sunday.  They put me up in a hotel to stay overnight to talk with the rest of the staff Monday morning.  Got a call back Tuesday and they offered.  I accepted on Thursday.

I’ll be working with Jim on the morning show.  KVVL (Known as THE VILLE) plays rock.  Will be doing news/sports updates from 6-9am.  Also will produce news/sports for KNIM (Country).  My other duties will include covering city council/school board meetings and doing the play by play for Maryville HS.

Maryville is about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Des Moines, so I won’t be that far away.  It’s also 94 miles away from Kansas City.  Oh and the KNIM is a Royals affiliate.  Can you say tickets??  The bosses are huge Royals fans.

Thank you to all of you for your love and support while I’ve been here in Des Moines.  It’s my hometown and I’ll always hold it high.  I have a good feeling that the future is bright for this Old Radio Dog.  Please think of me/keep me in your prayers during my transition.

Their website is www.nodawaybroadcasting.com

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