About this time last year, I was hired as the Pregame and Postgame Host on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network. I was so excited for the opportunity to continue my sportscasting dream while working for a professional sports team. As it turns out, 2015-16 would be my lone season as CBJ Radio Network host. Earlier today, I was told that I would not be needed for the upcoming season.
I’ve been riding a wave of emotions since. Anger and bitterness are not among them. Not. At. All. This news could have been delivered with a phone call, email, or a form letter on fancy company letterhead, but instead I was called in so I could be told in person. For that, I’m thankful. This wasn’t personal. They just decided to go in a different direction. It happens. Part of the business. As I was reminded during the meeting, I still have lots of friends in the Blue Jackets organization. That is true.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to have had a chance to hold one of only 30 such jobs in the NHL. It was a fun ride. Any experience in life, good or bad, is a learning experience. Looking back, are there some things I would have handled differently or done better? Absolutely. While I won’t have the chance to do that in that realm, it does not take from the fact that it was a pleasure to work for the Blue Jackets Radio Network. Everybody there is a true pro and good at what they do. I wish them (and the team) good luck in the future. I’ll still be a fan. Even though Daddy doesn’t work for them anymore, the Blue Jackets are still my four-year old daughter’s favorite team. So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.
What’s next? Who knows. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. I can’t wait to come up to that door so I can barrel through it.