In my college days, I fell in love many times, almost weekly—and in the morning I was always cured! But one particular love affair I developed just wouldn't wash off with the "morning after" hot shower—and that was the love of radio.
I began working at the KLSU studios during my junior year at LSU hosting the noon till three show on Saturdays. It was a typical college radio station that played alternative music and it was a lot of fun.
After a few months I was offered the weekday morning drive shift. I like to think it was because I had a natural feeling for radio, but it was probably because they couldn't find any other college students willing to get up at 5 AM everyday. Nevertheless, I took the gig.
The morning drive was different because of things like news breaks, call-in guests, and traffic reports. But the best part about the shift was the contests and giveaways. We would take the "10th caller" or so to win concert tickets, movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, or whatever the marketing department had for us.
One time I gave away a package of Ramen Noodles because the giveaway bin was empty.
Perhaps my greatest triumph was starting "Hooters Wings Wednesdays." I convinced the manager of the Baton Rouge Hooters to send Hooters girls over to the studio on Wednesday mornings with wings and other goodies in exchange for plugging the restaurant. I don't know how he got the girls up at seven in the morning, but I was grateful.
I always made sure to have some good coffee on hand for them!
I remember people would always call in on Wednesday mornings and ask me how I could eat buffalo wings so early in the morning. I replied, "Breakfast is what you eat when you first wake up. I haven't been to bed yet."
When I started writing for the Bleacher Report last summer I had no idea where it would take me. I just knew that my passion for sports and writing could not have been fed by a better outlet than what Zander, Rory, Trey and the gang have built for us here.
What I truly didn't anticipate was the great relationships I have formed in the B/R community with writers and sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Think about it, in this one community we have access to fans and experts for virtually any team or athlete in virtually any sport you can imagine. That is a pretty powerful thing!
This is what helped me to envision my latest endeavor as I return to the world of radio, my first true love. I am happy to announce that I am now hosting the "Gulf Coast Sports Radio Hour" Monday through Friday from 3-4 PM CST. We broadcast on 1190 AM WBSL in the Gulf Coast/ New Orleans area as well as on 1590am KKAY in the Baton Rouge area.
For those "bleacher creatures" living outside of our listening area, not to worry! We are streaming live on the Internet at kkay1590. The show focuses a lot on college sports in the region and around the SEC, but I would like your help in broadening our appeal.
I really want this to be a international radio show for the "bleacher creatures", so if you think you have what it takes to be on our "panel", shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on my bulletin board and I'll be happy to get you plugged in.
No matter what your sport of choice or area of expertise is, I'll find a place for you.
If you have the time to listen to the show today, Feb. 10, our own "Godfather" of the Bleacher Report Mr. Baby Tate will be on the program around 3:05 PM CST. Click the link and listen on-line, and hopefully the next guest will be you!