OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
So, some stuff has happened over the past few weeks, y’all. If you listen to our daily radio show, you would’ve heard us teasing that there would be a big announcement today. Because that’s what we do in radio. We tease things. And then build up those teases. And then tease some more. And then we make you hang on as long as possible until…
Radio. You know.
I feel like I’ve teased you enough, so if you missed it, here’s what that teased segment sounded like:
So there it is. I’m moving on from the daily Chicks on the Right radio show at WIBC in Indy. And I know what a lot of you are thinking. You’re thinking, “WHAAAAAAAAAA? HOOOOOWWWWW? WHYYYYYYYY?” Some of you may think that the “this is the best thing for my family, and geography” initial explanation may be vague. And I get it. I’m sure some of you have additional questions, as I’ve received some emails that are exclaiming as much.
For those of you who have been asking for a few more deets, I’ve accepted a position as Director of Communications at a fantastic technology company. I’m super excited about the opportunity to combine my education, skills, and experience, roll them up in a big ol’ job-ball and use them in this new endeavor. It’s going to be an awesome new chapter for me. I need to do this for me, y’all. I’m ready for it. Getting back into the corporate world and working remotely will eventually allow my family to relocate to Texas, too. We have a little ranch there, and we’d like to set up camp before my 10-year old is in middle school.
Simultaneously, I have a case of the bittersweets for obvious reasons – radio is a job in which I invested almost eight glorious years, with my bestest gal pal, and with thousands of other friends in listener-land, having an absolute blast every single day. We’ve experienced a lot together, Miri and I (and our handful of Producers!) and this band of merry listeners – not just talking about political happenings and cultural whatnot, but we also have let our community into our personal lives. They’ve gotten to know me, my family and kids, my dogs, and the craziness that is my world. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
It’s like I’ve had an extended extended family that I talk to every day for two hours over coffee. I cherish that time with my listener family more than I’ll ever be able to express in words. So for those of you who heard the announcement, felt sadness and wondered, “Self…why would I feel sad over someone I’ve never actually met not being around anymore?” I totally get it. I do.
I’ll miss you, too. Oh, how I’ll miss you.
Here’s the thing, though. Mock and I will continue to do our Radio America podcasts and daily FB lives. Plus, our website will be alive and kickin’ until we hit the grave, because some things never die. So, while it LOOKS like I’m completely jumping ship, I’m just immersing myself in corporate America (again), but I’m still a ride-or-die Chick on the Right. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 13 years, it’s how to multitask. And hustle.
I mean what I said in the clip above – radio is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I revere it as such, and I know how unbelievably lucky I am to have had a seat at that table. Mock and I built an award-winning, estrogen-fueled show that was original, conservative, fearless, and badass in every way. No one did it like we did, and I’ve always been proud of the brand that we’ve built, and the radio show arm of that is no exception. Our remarkable community of loyal listeners is like no other show’s, and I’m so grateful for the memories that are forever imprinted in my brain and on my heart. What a fun freaking day job, y’all. There’s just nothing like the exhilaration and sheer fun of live radio.
I hope you’ll keep listening to Mock-n-Rob. I think they’ll kick all the butt (and maybe win more Spectrums than we did!?). It’s a safe bet that “Bernie” will call in every so often just to bug them and tease Mock about her whore shorts.
I’m going to pretend to ride off in the sunset now, even though I’m not really riding anywhere. I’m actually going to be right here, where I’ve always been. I’ve just always wanted to say that. Onward.