A “Best of Radio” Blog

June is National DJ Month. According to the National Day Calendar:

During National DJ Month in June, Radio & TV stations, owners, show hosts, business retailers and music lovers alike celebrate the DJ (Disc Jockey).

DJs, masters at their craft with technical skill, keep the nightclubs dancing, fitness studios sweating and music festivals feeling the rhythm. Whether broadcasting to listeners on the radio, engaging TV audiences, or setting a mood for a special occasion the DJ is an essential part of our culture.

Celebrate the artistry, mastery, and skill of DJs everywhere during National DJ Month in June!

In my many years on the radio, I’ve had the honor of working with some of the best DJ’s and radio personalities in the business. In the over 4 years I have been writing this blog, there have been many entries that were radio/DJ related. I thought it might be fun to create a blog that combines many of those blogs together in one place.

If you are a new follower to my blog, here are some early entries you may not have seen. For regular followers and followers from the beginning, please enjoy them again.

February 14, 2018 – World Radio Day

Thanking my mentors:

March 2, 2018

It’s more about music and those people I connected it to:

April 16, 2018

Not DJ related, but more about the friends made with listeners:

April 17, 2018

One of the great things about being a radio DJ was meeting some really cool celebrities:

April 26, 2018

I loved working with my buddy, Rob. What a talent! He deserved his own blog:

August 21, 2018

Various stories from my mediocre career in radio:

January 31, 2019

This guy helped me be a better DJ:

February 12, 2019

What do you get when you put a radio professional with someone with now radio experience?? Radio GOLD!!

February 27, 2019

Remembering an on air “break up”:

September 23, 2019

Hearing voices on old radio recordings:

October 26, 2019

It’s always nice to be remembered:

November 21, 2019

An emotional look back at one of my favorite stations:

January 20, 2021

How does a song make it on the radio? I answered that in college:

January 23, 2021

My buddy Max interviewed me for his blog about life as a radio DJ:

July 1, 2021

A tribute to the one and only Richard D.:

To all my radio and mobile DJ friends! Happy National DJ Month!!!

Holy 500!

I was notified by Word Press that this blog hit a milestone!! Had I been paying attention, I would have made Blog #500 something a bit more special. Instead, my last blog (#500) was about how tired I am!

Reflecting

As I sat down to write Blog #501, I thought on how far this blog has come. I never started this blog to gain hundreds of followers, however, I have. Originally, I started the blog as a way to write down my feelings and thoughts as I went through some troubling times. Then I thought it would be a good place to write some memories down so my kids could look back and read them. It has evolved into a place where I can write about personal things, and not so personal things.

I am glad that the details of how my wife and I came to be together are here. I am also glad that I have detailed blogs about the the birth of my son and daughter. There are also many memories of my mom, so that my kids who never had the chance to meet her, will be able to read about her. I hope that they will be able to come here to read about the special people in my life – my wife, my kids, my parents, my grandparents, my teachers, my co-workers and mentors, and my friends.

It’s also fun to look back at the special “events” I took part in. Recently, I took part in a song draft, which allowed me to feature 10 great songs. There was a bit more pressure than just picking a song and writing about it. It was hard to pick just 10! Blogging about TV shows and movies as part of blogathons has been fun, as well. I’m looking forward to a TV show draft, similar to the song draft, coming soon.

What Have I Learned?

So, just what have I learned after 500 blogs?

1. It’s not easy!

I read somewhere that most people who start a blog quit writing after a month. I am glad that I have continued to write, although finding stuff to write about is not always easy. There are many days where I sit and have nothing to write about. In those moments, I turn to Daily Writing Prompts. Sometimes they will be helpful, but many of them are worthless.

Some days are easier than others. Many times a song will bring about a memory I can share. Other times a conversation will spawn something worth writing about. My kids are a constant source of writing material and funny stories and for that I am grateful. I love bragging about them.

The key for me is to just keep writing. I plan to do just that.

2. I’ve met some really cool friends

When I created my blog, I started to search for blogs about music and movies. I started following some of them and by doing so, found there many people who share similar likes with me. I began to comment on their posts and they commented on mine. By doing so, I have really gained some neat friendships with people I have never seen face to face. I’m thankful for each of them

3. I often wonder if I make a difference

I guess I hope that someone who goes through my blog will find an occasional “nugget” that they can use in their daily life. It’s not easy to put your life out on the internet for everyone to see, but if someone can learn something from the challenges I faced and the issues I worked through, I will be happy with that.

More recently, I have blogged a little bit more about my faith. I was always told to not discuss religion and politics. I follow a few blogs who share my beliefs and I appreciate them. I know that not everyone is going to share my beliefs and that is ok. That being said, I am also not going to be afraid to post more about it and am always happy to discuss it with others.

4. I really enjoy blogging

I’m not sure I could ever be a reporter or a writer where there were deadlines for articles. I enjoy sitting and writing about my passions, my experiences, my family, and my life. I love being able to write down things that I can go back and reread and relive those moments.

I have put quite a bit of time into this blog, and don’t make a dime off it (Although, I hear that there are many bloggers who DO make money off theirs)! It has never been about making money. It has never been about having a blog republished. It has never been about having millions of followers. This blog is my little spot on the internet to save my thoughts and share them.

How about your feedback?

What do you like best about this blog? What would you like to see more of? Would you ever consider being a guest blogger on my site? Tell me your thoughts. I appreciate you being here and reading my blog and hope to keep posting things you find interesting.

So what is next? 500+ plus blogs I hope and I am excited to continue sharing “me” with you!