by Kent Sterling
My wife is running around the house singing, “Meet Me in St. Louis”. That has nothing to do with the job offer I accepted at 101 ESPN in that city. She saw the Judy Garland movie as a kid, and 30-some years later, it continues to stick.
The first post written here was about my firing at 1070 the Fan and WIBC in Indianapolis. After almost 17 years of working at Emmis Indianapolis, the fun of doing good radio for both the listeners and clients abruptly ended. That was okay – life in radio mandates the occasional punting – but it was jarring.
In a very different way, this is jarring too. Leaving friends in Indianapolis will be tough, but the promise of working with great people in St. Louis has me very excited. The people at 101 ESPN have been phenomenally friendly and welcoming since I accepted the offer to be the program director.
It’s infinitely more fun to write about getting a great job than losing one, so I’m writing this. It’s not to pat myself on the back for good fortune, but more to thanks the friends who have been so supportive of this website, the radio show of The Fan, and any effort I have made to carve a niche in Indianapolis sports media.
Getting a website up the day after being released gave me a place to work everyday, if not immediately get paid for it. Being able to plow through the professional change by working hard at something was key in getting through it, and was an asset as management in St. Louis made their decision to trust me to help take 101 Sports to the next level.
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It was one thing to have a place to write, talk, and share video, but it’s another to have people find and enjoy it. The community of people who comment and share their thoughts has made this a much more vibrant place. I have enjoyed getting to know all of you – despite not knowing most of your names.
Roughly a dozen people post their thoughts and perspective here, and I have enjoyed reading all of them. It has made this much more fun for me as well as the readers. The traffic has grown because of that work, and I hope it has been as valuable for the writer as it has been enjoyable for me to have them on board.
This period between radio jobs has been one of great personal and professional growth for me. When I was a kid, I thought 25 year-olds knew everything. As it turns out, the learning only increases – probably until we decide that wandering around grocery stores for hours and hours is as productive an event as we can enjoy.
Anyway, I’ve had no trouble purging bad news here, I think it’s only right to share great news. Life’s too short not to revel in the good that life brings.
I’ve said it to everyone to whom I’ve spoken in St. Louis – I can’t wait to get started.