IF NOT FOR MIKE././././
Let's talk a little about my radio partner Mike Valenti.
We've done a radio show called The Sports Inferno from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on AM 1270 The Sports Station for a little over a year now.
I know I have a lot of followers. And I hear from a number of you who say I should dump Mike and get back with Art. Or I should dump Mike and do a solo show.
Here is the cold, honest truth. If it were not for Mike I would not be doing full time radio. I'd be doing weekends at The Fan. Or filling in for people on vacation.
There are a lot of people who want to take credit for our show now that our ratings are up. But there was only one person who believed in me in the beginning and that was Mike Valenti. He was given a list of four or five names to do the show with when he came to town from Lansing.
I was not on that list.
He pushed for me to be his radio partner and he was the only reason I was hired. The station saw great potential in him. The key was finding the right partner. I believed I was the best partner for him. But no one else but Mike thought I was best for him.
Mike, who I'd known a bit from my ramblings at Michigan State, some how believed I would make a good radio partner.
He took the risk. He did not know what type of partner I would be. It was his neck on the line -- not mine.
Look. My ego is not large enough to say I am great in radio. I don't know if I am good, bad or ugly. I just know I have had a number of experiences in 23 years of newspaper work that I bring to the table others cannot.
I know a lot of people and they tell me things others may not know. In the business of radio I am a counter puncher. I set others up. I push others, but I do not drive shows.
Here is what I believe happened with our show. A number of you tuned in initially to hear me because you were familiar with The Sports Doctors. And you discovered I was doing a show with this young, Italian buck who blows smoke all the time. And you did not like him. But over time he grew on you.
You discovered he knew his facts and he was filled with talent. So you stuck around and others joined you.
You came because of me. But you stay because of Mike.
I think I am a nice compliment, but I am not 100 percent sure because this is not why I got in the media. I am a newspaper person. That is what I was trained in.
And to be honest I don't know where that is headed either.
I want to write columns and shape opinions and push things in the sports world again. I am not doing that and there is a part of me missing because of that. It is frustrating because I have something to lend and I cannot do it.
It is one reason I began this blog. Sure I want you to read it. But I am doing it mostly for me. I love to write opinion pieces even if no one else reads it.
I love to bare my soul in writing and it is something I can no longer do.
As far as radio, this is my final shot. If it works out I will remain in it forever. If it does not then I am done. No one is breaking down my door to hire me.
One of the reasons I bounced around from station to station is because program directors at the time did not think I was very good. And that is their right to think that way.
So I bounced to opportunity.
So basically I am down to my last strike. And to be honest I would not be at the plate if it were not for Mike.
Yeah the dude is extreme and is too excitable at times. And maybe I am too low key and laid back at times. I know he asks me a number of times "aren't you pissed about this?"
And to be honest, I am not. I may not agree with something but I am too old to get mad about everything. That is something age does to you. I do not have time or the energy to get mad about everything I don't agree with.
The fact we are opposites is why this show works. I don't want Mike to be sane. I want him to be himself. And hopefully we are on the path to greatness.