For most of the past eight years it has been my honor and my privilege to share with you each day what I think about what is happening in the world around us. I have been on the air when some of the best moments of my life happened, from marrying my wonderful wife, Cami, to the birth of our grandson. To sharing Ben with you. There were great moments in sports and some of the biggest news stories of the last eight years. We learned together and we grew together. From the second day of the show, when I lost one of my best friends literally 45 minutes before I had to go on air – we had no “Best Of” library at that point – to studying the Constitution, it has been a thrill to spend my afternoons with each and every one of you.
It started with the run-up to the elections of 2008, and we have had a wild – if sometimes disappointing – ride through the 2014 mid-terms.
We fought Measures S and X to a stand still. We even got a Congressman to resign. We had a lot of laughs, shared stories, even some tears.
But now it’s time for me to step aside. Please understand that this is entirely my decision, based on personal reasons.
I have been VERY blessed to work for Clear Channel/iHeart Media, and especially KFIV and KWSX. I have had wonderful time and learned an amazing amount of the technical side of things. I believe in the mission of local Talk Radio. That mission will, no doubt, go on. It started before I arrived on the air, with others like Bill Mick, Rob Johnson, Dave Thomas and Rick Minyard, and it will continue long after me.
I want to say Thank You to everyone who has ever called, texted, eMailed or just listened. Whether you agreed or disagreed or even if you hated me, YOU were what Afternoons Live and The Dave Bowman Show were all about. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years.
A final “Thanks” to nine great people:
Heather Voortman, Commander Tom Cody, Jill Ferris, Ky Erwin and Jordan Serpa. Each of these Producers brought their specialness to the show and made it fun and interesting.
Kevin Fox and I have worked together on projects off and on through the years, and it was a great joy to have him as my producer and to see him get the quick promotion that he deserves. When you see iHeart Media in the community, you’re seeing Kevin’s hard work. He loves the job and the area, and he is a good friend and a great guy to work with.
John Considine has become a best friend, mentor, sounding board and confidant as well as the best on-air partner I ever had. You would be amazed at the “behind the scenes” way that he has influenced me and the show. He is simply a great, wonderful and bearded person and I will miss his infectious laugh outside the studio.
Lastly, Rich Hawkins was the GM who hired me and Jeff Ngrete is the GM who stuck with me and believed in me. These two gentlemen are the reason that I had the opportunity that I did, and I will always be grateful to them for the chance to do the show.
Friends, remember the message – it’s up to WE THE PEOPLE to make it work. If we are not involved, we lose.
Take the time today, and tell each person that matters in your life that you love them and that you’d miss them if they weren’t there. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow and you don’t want to miss that chance and have that regret.
May G-d bless each and every one of you.
Donnez-moi la liberté, ou me donner la mort!