I was asked by my friend Ron Robinson to be a guest on his podcast called Radio Dayz. It's a podcast he started a few months ago, it highlights guys who are or used to be in radio, in what we consider the last good years.
I agreed because Ron and I had so much history with working together and then becoming true friends. Ron and I don't talk every day and sometimes go months without talking, but when we do it's like we haven't missed a beat. I was told once that's how you can tell who your real friends are.
As I was preparing for the guest role, he wanted me to send him some of my old bits and airchecks from back in the day. It has been years since I've dug those out and listened to them. I know where I've been and the things that I've done and quite frankly I was afraid that when I listened to them sober that they would suck.
I actually was quite entertained and the memories that came flooding back weren't bad. I was taken back to a time in my life where I was driven and when I would push myself to do the next best bit or the next crazy stunt on my show. Looking back now and not being able to do anything about it, I wish I was sober for those years. I didn't drink on the air anyone, but still, coming in and being hungover wasn't good for me and I feel I could've been so much better. Yet, I wouldn't trade where I'm at now for anything!
Sometimes taking a walk down memory lane is healthy. I personally had to be invited to take that trip and I'm glad I did. The memories of the past don't always have to be surrounded by the dark times, and even though I wasn't sober in those days, I can still find the good and know that I was a good guy and at one time loved being on the radio!