So it's been a year and two months since I've been the morning radio host here in Knox, Indiana. After hearing what happened to some of my radio bretheren today in Indianapolis, I have become more and more convinced that I've made the right move.
In the time I've been here. I've been a part of some interesting promotions that have never been done here before:
- We broadcast an entire day on our front lawn, complete with bounce house and an electric car!
- As of this writing WKVI is getting ready to host it's second Pumpkin Drop. (True..other stations I've worked at have done this. Hi Smiley! But this kinda thing has never happened up here before)
- I've taken my flip cam all around the area to tape my exploits, see an earlier post here for some of those videos.
- This past Summer, I've MC'ed or judged at least 5 different pagents.
- I got to go Power Parachuting!!
And that's not all. There's still more in the pipeline.
The stations sound has improved 1,000 percent since my arrival, not because of my arrival, though.
The music library has been tightened up. The music list has been trimmed. We have new automation software (nexgen) that allows us to voice-track both out FM and AM stations. The company that owns these stations is a firm believer in live local radio, and I'm going to make sure that trend continues here.
Also...we have JINGLES!!
I am such a radio nerd. I always threatened that I would retire if I ever got a jingle with my name in it. Well I got one, but I'm not going anywhere!!
We have online streaming! If I may throw in a quick plug, just go to http://www.wkvi.com/ and check out both our AM and FM streams. I'm on live in the morning on the FM, and I'm voicetracked afternoons on the AM country station.
I know...voicetracking is evil. I consider my AM VT shift to me a challenge. I am doing my best to make that time sound live and local, and not just liner card driven.
The past year also gave me a radio first. We covered a funeral procession for a local Vietnam vet. Forty-one years after being listed as Missing in Action (MIA) in Vietnam, CW3 George A "Andy" Howes came home to Knox in a funeral procession that began in Indianapolis. I hosted coverage of the ceremony once the procession arrived in town.
There are plenty more things to come. I can't wait!
See you later.