I would not be in radio, but for Herman Cain.
In 2010, at my annual RedState Gathering in Austin, TX, Herman Cain came to speak and, as he was getting on stage, whispered in my ear that he was going to run for President. A few weeks later, in Las Vegas, Cain would invite me over to his suite at the Wynn to discuss what a race would look like and his viability.
At the time, I was filling in on the radio in Macon. Providentially, the local radio show host got arrested in a crack house and the station was without a host. I was on CNN at the time and they called to ask if I might fill in. From 6am to 9am every weekday, I talked on the radio.
As Herman prepared his path to the campaign trail, his station in Atlanta, WSB, reached out to ask if I would want a weekend show. I did not. So then they asked if I might fill in for Herman. I agreed to do it.
After the show, they informed me Herman really was going to run for President and asked if I wanted his job. I emailed Rush Limbaugh to get his advice. He informed me I’d be insane if I did not do it.
I started radio on January 11, 2011, in the midsts of an ice storm that crippled Atlanta and left me sleeping on a floor at the radio studio, unable to get back to my house for a week.
Herman left a month later. I moved from 9pm to midnight into his 7pm to 10pm slot. A year later I was in drive time on the most listened to news-talk station in the country and Herman Cain was the front runner in the Republican Primary for President.
He was an impressive man who had a career in business before embracing the 9-9-9 mantra on the campaign trail and riding the wave of a campaign.
On July 1, 2020, Herman went into the hospital for treatment of COVID-19 and never left. He made his way to Heaven this morning at age 74.
Requiescat in pace.