17 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Kevin Ritchie Murder Trial

One week ago today, jurors in the second degree murder trial of Kevin Ritchie came back with their decision: guilty. The decision came after only about six hours of deliberating and eight days of testimony. What I found interesting about the case is there was never a question of guilt or innocence. Kevin Ritchie stabbed [...]

18 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Confessions of a Morning Radio Host

When your work day begins in the middle of the night, naps become paramount. On a perfect morning I’m up around three o’clock, and on perfect nights I’m in bed shortly after most people are finishing their dinner. Most days aren’t perfect; often I don’t fall asleep until close to midnight. For my entire life [...]

12 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Better Late Than Never

Many of you who read this blog do so for the little behind the scenes tidbits. That was one of the reasons why I launched it shortly after joining the Finger Lakes Radio Group in 2012. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy knowing what goes on when the microphones are off. This morning on [...]

22 January 2014 ~ Comments Off

The Terror of Technology

The frozen tundra that is the Finger Lakes was the backdrop for a series of technological snafus this morning. When I walked into the WAUB studio, the first thing I noticed was an orange light on our phone. Orange is bad. Orange means we’re offline. Our phones are connected to (or maybe by) the internet. [...]

19 November 2013 ~ Comments Off

“Having an Imus moment”

Andrew Fish is a good sport. The interim director of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency is a monthly guest on the Finger Lakes Morning News. He’s also become a good friend of mine. As a friend, he’s subjected to my merciless mocking and general hostility off the air. And sometimes on the air. I couldn’t [...]

29 October 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Halloween is Stupid

I hate Halloween. Why? Because it’s stupid — unless you’re under the age of twelve. If that’s the case and you’re reading this right now, GO TO SCHOOL. Every year I suffer through the same dreadful costumes, see the same stupid decorations, hear the same stupid music, and eat the same awful Candy Corn. I [...]

14 October 2013 ~ Comments Off

One Year at WAUB

My first WAUB broadcast was October 15, 2012. One year later, I’m still here. It’s been a wild and wacky ride in the last 365 days. Easily the most fun I’ve had in my entire career. The Finger Lakes Radio Group employs some very good people, and I’m happy to be part of the team. [...]

29 August 2013 ~ Comments Off

I’ll Never Hit a Homerun

I received a lot of compliments last night during my stint as PA announcer at Falcon Park for the Auburn Doubledays. It was slightly foreign territory for me, as someone who is not a huge sports fan. I’ve never done any public service addressing before, though earlier this year I emceed a benefit for the [...]

24 August 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Too Much Miserable Hate

There is a classic Twilight Zone episode called “I Am The Night–Color Me Black.” It’s from the fifth and final season. The episode depicts a small midwestern town on the morning of an execution. A condemned man, perhaps wrongly convicted of murdering a hatemonger, is sentenced to be hanged in the morning. But morning never [...]

01 August 2013 ~ Comments Off

Alas, Poor Miranda

There’s something magical and highly stressful about hosting a live radio show. Sometimes equipment malfunctions. Sometimes the wrong soundbyte airs. Sometimes you lose your place mid-sentence. And sometimes, guests arrive late. That’s what happened this morning to Miranda Traudt. She’s the program director at the Schweinfurth Art Center. For those of you uninitiated, Miranda joins [...]