Two years ago, I made a big life change. I took a plane ride up to Sacramento, met with a man I worked for briefly years ago (but had tremendous respect for), and was introduced to my future co-anchor, Amy Lewis for the first time. By the time I got back home I had pretty much made up my mind, I was coming to work for KFBK.
It wasn't where I thought I'd be heading. I had just turned down a job back east, and was expecting to accept a position in New Zealand, where I had been living for the past six months. But here I was, in Sacramento, where I'd be getting up five days a week at 1:30 on the morning!! I can't explain what it was that drew me here. On the plane back home, I kept asking myself that question, and I kept coming back to one thing...the people.
It started with my General Manager, John (above), who I worked for at another radio station in Sacramento years ago. Even though our time together was short, I had more respect for him, and his people skills, than any other GM I had worked for.
Then there was my co-anchor, Amy Lewis. After sitting in and watching her anchor the news one morning (and multi tasking like no one I've seen multi task before), I knew this show was her baby. This wasn't a job, like it is for so many people in our profession, it was a career and a passion.
I liked the way she sounded on air, the pace of the show, and that she talked to me, not at me, when I listened to the radio (unlike so many news anchors who sound like they're playing the role of a news anchor), Amy was "real."
There are a million other little reasons I guess I decided to call Sacramento my new "home." And just days before I made the drive up here, I also started dating my best friend again, who is now my wife. I have two kids, a nice home, and apart from hating the sound of my alarm going off in the middle of the night, I love every aspect of my job.
I'm still learning about the area. Still not certain how to pronounce some of the names around here when they pop up for the first time, but Sacramento...you...have been very forgiving and understanding. I'm lucky to be here, and on this, my second anniversary, I want to say "thank you" for making me feel like part of the community.