Sunday, April 10, 2011

Time to clear the air...

Several weeks ago I was approached by management at Bell Media (BOB, Majic, The Team, CFRA, A Channel, CTV Ottawa) to see if I was interested in moving over to Majic 100fm. Many have asked why the change, so here goes...

I've had 15 amazing years on Ottawa radio. My first 10 were spent at the Bear where I learned how to become a broadcaster and thanks to my boss Gord Taylor, was allowed to make many, many mistakes along the way. As most of you know, sometimes you reach a point where you want to try something new and in the summer of 2006 I moved to sports radio at the Team 1200. Always a fan of the station, I tried my best to make it work. Talk radio is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Many people can blog about the Senators and their favorite sports teams but it takes a true broadcast professional to make it work for 3 hours everyday. I don't regret the decision but am glad that I gave it a shot. You learn from your mistakes and move on. Fast forward to the summer of 2009 and my same bosses approached me with the chance to move from the Team to BOB. They would take JR off the morning show on BOB, reunite him with Steve and Jim on The Team and put me with Sandy. I knew Sandy for many years and for the last year and a half we had laughs every morning on BOB.

The reason for the short history lesson is because I heard this week that some people were spreading rumors that I'd been fired from my previous jobs. That couldn't be further from the truth. Many people in radio and TV work in different markets. I've been lucky enough to do it all here. I've read negative criticism before and it's never bothered me, but that one did.

Majic 100 dominated Ottawa radio for almost 20 years. Kevin and Bill were in the drivers seat and led the station, but some things eventually change. Kevin's health has prevented him from being on the radio and I respect his privacy. Bill, retired from Majic two weeks ago and the new morning show with me, Angie Poirier and Trisha Owens started last Monday. For the longtime Majic fans, I realize change is never easy and I hope you'll give the new show a chance. For those of you that aren't as familiar with the station, please add 100.3 FM to your presets and give it a listen. There's many options for you every morning and I'm aware of all of them. All I'm asking for our show is a chance to win you over.