Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Free at last, free at last, thank God almight I'm free at last (of mornings)

It's been about a month since I updated this blog, so it's long overdue. I'll start with some recent news and then try to get back in the habit.

The good news: I'm no longer working mornings. Actually, it just might be the greatest news ever.

My days of waking up at 3:45 a.m. and getting to the radio station at 4 a.m. are officially over. So are the days of going back to bed around 10 a.m., sleeping as long as I can until the kids in the apartment wake me up, and then going back to work at night to call a baseball game.

This is my first official week as co-host of an afternoon talk show -- "JJ, Josh and The Mouth." JJ is JJ Stokes, the former 49ers wide receiver. The Mouth is the program director and the radio veteran in the group.

Our show is from Noon to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on AM 970 ESPN Radio. Our focus will usually be the Northern California sports teams. But we talk about a little of everything, from guy talk and random stuff to the biggest sports stories of the day. So far, it's been a good mix of the loud-mouth radio guy, the ex-jock, and the former newspaper reporter. We've had pretty good chemistry, and that should only increase. Each show, at least once it seems like two of us gang up on the other one.

My focus still remains making it to the major league as a play by play announcer. I'll continue this job next year when baseball season returns. I have no idea if I'll be back in Modesto. It depends what other jobs open up nationwide. My boss knows this, and is fine knowing that I could theoretically be leaving anytime in the next week to 10 years.

I'm also still doing play by play of our Friday night high school football game of the week. And I'll be filling in as the PBP announcer for two Santa Clara men's basketball games when they go to Nevada and Utah (which I'm *very* excited to do).

Most importantly, NO MORE MORNINGS.

Cheers from Mo-town.