I stepped off the stage at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park Sunday night not having any clue what I would be doing with my life going forward. I was leaving my band of five years to focus on a career in journalism, one I've aspired for since I was five years old.
For some reason, I was that guy who thought about what he wanted to be when he grew up that early.
Regardless, what better way to spend the day off after the show than on the golf course? I tried to do such, but underestimated my energy levels, shanked a few balls into the water, and decided to pack it up, longing for the cool air conditioning of my beat-up 2007 Honda Accord.
It was there I got the call that changed my life. It was from Bangor, Maine. They wanted me. Someone actually wanted me.
I had sent out nearly 150 reporter/anchor applications all over the country, having gotten a call from just one. This was the first one where it seemed like the fit was right.
So with all of that said, it's time for me to embark on a new journey. Just hours after not having a clue of where I would be headed, I now know I'm Bangor-bound to serve as the new sports director and main sports anchor at ABC 7/FOX 22. It will be a tremendous challenge, but one I will source what I have learned throughout the past eight years, the time I spent actively pursuing this moment, and hope to do as well as possible.
I'm incredibly thankful for my family and friends for their support throughout this endeavor. Many of whom I spoke with understood the emotion in my gratitude towards them, and I really believe that while one controls their destiny, it is the work of a team that can only put someone in position to do such. Prior to making a final decision, I spoke with more than 20 people, some with major professional experience, and others with none. Not one single person thought this would be something worth turning down.
"You're going," one person told me. And that I am.
So here's to a new adventure, the first step towards making a dream a reality. Here's to all of have made this possible. Thank you for everything. I'll be talking to you all soon.