This week I found myself doing something I hadn’t done in a few years – talking on a radio show.
No, I wasn’t calling in the local sports gurus to discuss the NCAA Tournament or weighing in on the intrusion during the Kansas City mayor’s speech with the radio talking heads.
I had the pleasure of doing an hour with an old friend, Tim Crone, on his show “Off the Wall with Tim Crone” on 1030 AM KCWJ.
Crone is the former football coach and activities director at Blue Springs High School. And, as anyone that knows him can attest to, he’s just an all-around great guy.
The prospect of an hour with him on the radio (or 52 or so minutes, as it were) was particularly intriguing.
Having done some time in media parallel to my print duties – a few years once a week on TV with MetroSports and sideline reporting on the radio among them – I feel I am pretty comfortable behind the microphone.
When I am not talking too fast or laughing so loud that no one else can hear the show, that is.
And, of course, I have a face for radio.
Tony Wrisinger of Sideliner Sports is responsible for the airtime for Crone’s show and for the Sonic Locker Room Radio Program, a highly positive, energized radio show that promotes activities – not just sports – around area high schools, including those in Lee’s Summit.
When Wrisinger approached me about joining one of the first coaches I ever knew in journalism, way back in my sports writing days, the topics just flooded over me.
We could talk about Lee’s Summit, politics, food, old times, football, former or current athletes, fatherhood – with Crone, you just never know what direction the show will take.
The hour flew by and, fortunately, I was able to hit some of my favorite topics, including downtown Lee’s Summit, Chamber activities, the Journal, my daughter and, of course, sports.
Crone’s been around the game, lived in Lee’s Summit and knows a lot about a lot, which makes this show extremely fun.
If you aren’t familiar with this radio station, give them a whirl.
All of the old Crone shows are archived online and you can check out our show at: http://www.soniclockerroom.com/OffTheWall/2013/WEEK11/OTW11.mp3.
Or hit the link and listen to other Lee’s Summit students talking about a wide range of topics, from sports to the band and debate.
These types of radio shows demonstrate an understanding by a different media about the importance of encouraging and uplifting programming about kids that are doing well in our community.
Bravo to Wrisinger and Crone for continuing on that path.
John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.