Twenty years ago this week, I opened the microphone and spoke for the first time on the radio! It's kinda hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I literally have been in broadcasting half my life.
This week also marks the sixth year that I have been a part of 1035 WRBO, as well as my run here as a columnist with The New Tri State Defender. Funny, my mother used to tell me often that I never stuck with anything. I just never found anything that I was willing to stick with.
That is until I discovered radio.
Hey, what can I say? I'm a "radio man" and I was put here to do it. But here's the most important part: When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I love what I do. Writing and talking! Which means that, God willing, 20 years from now I'll be writing about my 40th anniversary.
Speaking of anniversaries and milestones in radio, my good friend and fellow radio personality Bev Johnson kicked off her 27th year on WDIA this week. Friends and fans alike took to Facebook and wished her well as she invited them to "Restart, Refresh, and Renew" for 2014.
This is also a good time to note Bev's "Annual Soiree at Sea," a seven-day getaway cruise. This year is number nine, with the cruise getting underway on May 25th for Nassau in The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. For more information, you can check it out at www.globetrektravel.com.
I think after 27 years of such hard work, a seven-day cruise is well deserved, girlfriend! Keep the faith!
Here's What's Happening!
Well, 2014 is here and the happenings are slowly building. Here's a couple of events to get your started:
It's Showtime at Prohibition Lounge on Thursday night (Jan. 9th). Can you sing or rap? Think you can dance or play an instrument? Are you a poet, comedian or have a unique talent? Showtime is the thing for you.
Hosted by comedian Cleatis Allen, this Apollo Theatre-style competition includes all the "boos, yays, Sandman and all"! There will also be live videotaping, special guests and guest judges! For more info or to enter the showcase, contact 901-649-2939.
It's a night filled with Fine Art, Fine Wine & Finance with investment advisor & certified wine specialist Chris Albonetti on Friday (Jan. 10th) at the Art Village Gallery located at 410 South Main Street in Downtown Memphis. The time is 7 p.m. and admission is $20. For more information, visit www.theartgallery.com.
Showtime cable networks is bringing live boxing to Memphis on Jan. 17th at the Cook Convention Center. There will be eight fights,with two to be aired live on Showtime. It starts at 6 p.m. and will be a pretty big event. Get your tickets through all Ticketmaster outlets.
Comedian Don DC Curry returns to the Orpheum for one big show on January 18th and he's bringing along fellow funnymen Michael Blackson and Red Grant. The show starts at 8 p.m. and you can get your tickets at the Orpheum box office or through Ticketmaster.
Coming Feb. 1st, it's Game Show with Myron Mays! What's that you might ask? Game Show is an event where three contestants will compete for cash and prizes by answering a series of trivia question they blindly choose. This is gonna be an invitation-only event, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for information on how you can be a part of the show! In the meantime, it takes place on Feb. 1st, so save the date and stay tuned for more info!
Until then, that's what's happening!