bittersweet-ish

So this afternoon is my last day on air at my country station, 104.9 The Cat.   I’m really excited about new opportunities but I’m always sad to leave a station.  This station launched in Feb. of 2010 and I joined in May of that year and it’s been a fantastic station to be a part of.    Despite the fact that it’s a smaller station (radio stations have different power capabilities) it has kicked some major ass!  A lot of formats have appeared on this frequency over the years but this is one of the more successful brands.  Country works!

I had the chance to broadcast at Wolf’s 1-11 Arena Sports Grill before the Rascal Flatts show at the TU last night and it was so awesome to hear from listeners how much they love the station, warms my cold little heart.    I’m not only on the air, I also manage the station so it’s kind of like a little radio baby.   Of course I want to hear that people like it!

Some of my favorite moments from 104.9 The Cat include, debuting our mascot…Cooter.  Yup, Cooter.   My old manager named him.  People love meeting him, seriously.

Throwing an amazing FREE first birthday show for the station with Jaron & The Long Road to Love (or you may remember him as Evan & Jaron from the 2000’s)

Seeing smelling & meeting Keith Urban, amazing show.  Go see him live stat!

Most of all watching the station grow has been the most rewarding.   I’m still working behind the scenes on the station while a replacement is found.   I’m staying with the same company, in the same building, just moving to a different station  that’s literally the studio next door to mine.  Super excited about my new opportunity but I’ll miss 104.9 The Cat.

In 14 years in radio (I started when I was 17) I’ve worked physically at 5 stations, been heard on about 20 stations, I’ve had about 9 different managers and easily 200 co-workers.    Always change, but I’m sure it’s the same at any other job.

 

great quotes

How many times in my life will I say:

“Hey, Cooter’s about to ride the mechanical bull !”

Not many I’m sure, but I was able to say it last Friday:

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Yup, that’s my radio station’s mascot Cooter riding the mechanical bull at The Barrel Saloon. I think he stayed on for about 15 seconds.

Ever taken a ride on a mechincal bull?