Well, if that didn't get your attention, I'm not sure what will. I've managed to crawl from the wreckage of the past week, and can now look back with some satisfaction at how things went.
Another two hours yesterday as the host for "Morning Edition" on WITF. Getting better, feeling a lot more comfortable in this position. I'll be back in next week for a few days, as I get my hands on more of the levers and figure out how to do all of it.
Tim Lambert has been quite a patient master, and I appreciate his calmness under pressure. The situation has now become clear, as to how I suddenly got an opportunity at a job I was passed over for.
Since Tim is now WITF's News Director, he is sitting in on the mornings, and basically doing two jobs and burning the candle at both ends. I've become the #2, and will continue to sit in on the mornings for a time. The new guy is coming over from an area TV station, and he's got business to finish with them, before he can assume the host position.
I have never met him, but he is well regarded and respected, and will do damn well, I'm sure. I'm just happy to get the shot I am, so it's cool.
Got nice compliments from friends and colleagues, and I'm very relieved for that. If I was fucking up, I'd hear about it!
So yeah, a very relieved individual I am, and I can actually take a little pride in a job done. Not perfect; I'd give my grade a B or a B-, but that's not bad for a starter.
Also got a chance to play instrumental music from Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters' new CD, Spreading the Love during the tops of the hours. That's what you were mostly hearing on :58 break if you were listening...great stuff.
That said...I also did a lot of writing in my brain for "Silk Road Days." Got a little more out yesterday, and have embarked on Chapter 17; still not sure how this is gonna turn out. No idea.
Gotta get back to it; have the Senators game on 1460 the Ticket tonight, which should be reasonably good. Then another Weekend from Hell.
At the Office, I heard the banshee screams of a small bipedal creature; not a complete day without that.
Trying to figure out the rest of what I'm supposed to be doing...things are weird like that. Anyway, feeling pretty well chuffed that I got the worst part of the training over, and I gotta stay cool for the next steps.
I also have to continue the writing, and carry on with the other radio things...KYW Sports Saturday and Sunday, then the Bears playoff on the Ticket, and then early Monday at WITF...this is calling jobbing. When you don't have a full-time gig, you take the work you can get.
Life goes on.