Interesting times continue. I’m very glad I’ve kept up this journal. Without it, I’d never have been able to recall what had happened and when it took place. And I suspect that this will be one of those times I look back on and remember as a time of challenge and transition.
I’ve decided to hang up my radio microphone again, at least for now. My final weeknight show on BX 93 will be this Friday, February 23rd.
I’ve been a part of BX 93 (92.7 FM in London, ON) for over three years now. It’s funny that I’ve not ever stopped to consider that fact, as I would have died for the chance to work for BX 93 back when I was a young radio hopeful, full of fire and ready to make a name for myself. As it is, I fell into this most recent gig quite by accident and have stuck around all this time only because I so respect the people I’ve worked with and, for some strange reason, they haven’t seen fit to kick me out.
Departing BX 93 is bittersweet. It is sweet because I know it is time for me to move on to other pursuits closer to my heart, with my musical projects and ever-increasing responsibility as owner of a growing company (CPT Entertainment) near top of the list. The only things that come ahead of those pursuits are my health and my family, and I am committed to feeling better so that I may be a better husband, a better dad and a better person. Continuing with the radio work has required me to make each day longer, get into a different headspace and sound cheery at the end of every day regardless of how I really feel. It’s become too much, and so I will enjoy having some energy to apply to other things like, say, taking more than 15 minutes to cook dinner (which is mostly my responsibility in our house).
The bitter part of it is that I genuinely love and respect the people I’ve been working with at BX 93, most particularly Barry Smith (Operations Manager) and Chris Harding (afternoon host and Music Director). I will miss seeing them each weekday. The last year or so, I’ve made a point to stop and enjoy a chat with Chris. I have learned a great deal from him; some things about radio, and many more things about life, being a dad, husband and friend.
Barry is a man I’ve revered for years. To work with him has been a blessing and a wonderful learning experience. If there were more people like Barry Smith in the world, we’d be much more productive, we’d be kinder to each other while being more honest at the same time, we’d feel validated and we would smile. A lot.
It’s unfair of me to only mention Chris and Barry here, as everyone I’ve encountered in that building has been wonderful to work with. I can’t mention them all. But I hope they all know how much I love them. It’s just time for me to move on, that’s all.
Case in point: I spent this past weekend back at the Agriplex in London, working as the Custom (display) Bike manager. All that meant was 14 hours of work on Friday, 12 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday, along with the hours of thought and work prior to the event in getting everything set up. Come Monday, I did not feel much like putting on my smiley face and cheerily announcing over the air as if I’d not a care in the world, but I did.
As hard as weekends like the Motorcycle Expo are, they’re rewarding. And as difficult as it is to believe, this was my fourth year in helping with that event! On top of all that, I admit that I’m beginning to get the bug; I’m thinking about joining the motorcycle brethren for real and learning how to ride and, just maybe, getting a bike in the next year or two. I bought my first pair of Harley Davidson riding boots (gotta support the team!) and I drooled over a blacked-out Sportster in the Rocky’s Harley Davidson display. We’ll see what happens.
One of the best parts about the this past weekend was a text I received from my musical cohort, Kevin Gorman. It said: “I am listening to ‘South Carolina’ in the new control room. I’m gonna’ cry, Kev!”
That’s great news, as you will know if you have been following this journal. And it means we’re about set to finish off the “No Schedule Man” CD. My next blog will get into that.
Meantime, know that my “I Remember” CD is now available for digital download on CD Baby. Please go get it.
Tomorrow morning, the Kevin Bulmer Enterprises and CPT Entertainment logos go on my car. It’s all about that from here on out.
Good luck to my extended family at BX 93. I love you guys.