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2014. A Few Highlights.

December 31, 2014

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.

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