Prayers are appreciated. I begin a new endeavor today and tomorrow my wife will go without me to have her next round of oncology scans. We are, yet again, holding ourselves out there and leaping.
I fell into radio by accident. About nine years ago, the local morning guy on the radio where I live got arrested in a crack house. He claimed he was making a music label. The police smelled marijuana. I was a CNN political contributor and on city council. They asked if I’d fill in. A day became a week. A week became three months. Every morning I got up at 4:30am and did radio from 6am to 9am. Then I’d go home to run RedState, go up to Atlanta for CNN, and crash.
It started as a passion and ultimately led me to where I am now — eight years as the evening drive time host on one of the largest talk stations in the country. It really was a leap of faith to get there involving a lot of sacrifices from my wife and huge jumps for me. Along the way we had health ups, but mostly downs. Things have, however, leveled off and now we leap again.
This morning at 9am, I will flip a switch and begin a syndicated radio show. I have wanted to do this for about six years and have had so many doors closed in my face I’m surprised my nose isn’t broken. After plenty of dangled opportunities and defeats snatched from the jaws of victory, I’m here.
Frankly, I am here through force of will and wanting it. In the past two years, just about every single person has told me to do a podcast. But I don’t want to do a podcast. I may be the last person in America who just wants to do a radio show. So I am. I am doing it all myself, with a small team of friends to help. We’ll be our own affiliate relations team. We’ll be the ad salesmen. We will cover our own satellite and production costs. We’ll make it happen.
The whole idea of the show is that Georgia is going to be heavily contested in 2020. The left is pouring resources into the state. Local media is dying. So I’m doing a show that’ll cover national politics, but it’ll also cover Georgia too.
Now, here’s the other bit of this. The show launches today. We were going to launch last month, but with the Gathering coming up, we decided to wait. So we go today. My wife, however, has her next round of oncology scans tomorrow and I really don’t want to miss them. But I must. Her parents will go with her in my place.
There’s so much excitement for today and so much trepidation for tomorrow. At some point, we know the medicine she takes that keeps the tumors from growing in her lungs will finally stop working. We pray tomorrow is not the day we find that out. But it is all a little overwhelming. This week will be even more stressful than the last two.
So your prayers are much appreciated as Christy and I take yet another leap of faith and I launch this new radio show into a crowded field and we arrive at that point of metronomic regularity in Christy’s fight with cancer — the quarterly scans.