Yes, I'll start by apologizing. It's been a while.
Post-graduation life has been a whirlwind of early morning shifts, late shifts, afternoon shifts, writing shifts and of course, shifts on the golf course. Yes, Jon Alba actually dabbles in athletic activity from time to time, believe it or not. Successfully? Well, that's for another post.
Nonetheless, the past several weeks have seen some major changes in my life, most of which are related to my professional endeavors. And I wanted to take a moment to update you all on what to expect going forward, as I believe there are a lot of great things that will be happening that I hope others will gain enjoyment out of.
For the past five years, since graduating high school in particular, I've attempted to plan out how my life will unfold. Every moment I've been certain I've locked in my passion on one item, another comes up that makes me beg the ultimate question of "what if?" What if I went towards this particular route of television? What if I step outside the box to market myself in a non-traditional way? What if I could ditch all of this and just become a rock star?
Unfortunately, I've decided the answer for that last question is, "no." Not now, anyway. This past week, I announced my departure from the band I've played with for five years, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son. I'll be wrapping up with the group Aug. 30. Those who have followed my journey know how difficult of a decision this was to make, and I'm thankful to have gotten the opportunity to travel to parts in and out of the country all in the name of rock n' roll. And while I am tremendously proud of what we have accomplished, there came a point where I needed to let that part of me go, to embrace the career path I put myself in position to embark on nearly 10 years ago, and to get aggressive.
So, I've packed up my guitar and amp, and am here to tell you about my new ventures.
I'll start with this - another bittersweet note. After two and a half years as an editor and contributor for Wrestling Rumors, I have decided to step away from the website as it undergoes a change in direction and my scheduled workload increases. I was the first person brought in as a writer for the site when it launched, and credit it greatly for helping me further develop myself as an author and improve my breaking news delivery. Without Wrestling Rumors, I would not have been able to craft my web content skills to help rejuvenate a stagnant outlet in Q30 Television, for which I served as general manager for nearly my entire duration with Rumors.
However, I am proud to say myself and now-former Wrestling Rumors editor-in-chief Doug McDonald will be starting a new podcast called "Living the Gimmick," which will air on a familiar outlet. We have already done a couple of test runs and invested many hours into it, and I say objectively (OK, and subjectively) that it is tremendously entertaining and I believe any fan of wrestling, sports-entertainment and generally, good radio, will love it. Look for that in the coming week.
Online radio was a part of my life dating back to 2008 with the debut of "SportsFullCircle Live!" Shows like "And Then There Were Two" invigorated my love for conversation, and because of this, "Living the Gimmick" will not be my only new podcast.
I will also be starting a program entitled "Stories and Sports." I conceptualized this program several years ago, and never thought I would actually get an opportunity to do it. I've always held to the belief that everyone has a story to be told, no matter if they are famous or the Average Joe. This particular podcast will be a straightforward conversation with figures from around the sports world who you may be (or in most cases, likely are not) familiar with. Forget about the X's and O's. It will feature athletes, coaches, journalists and other figures whom have stories that go beyond the game and remind us of the human interest aspect of sports. The first episode, which will feature a man from the U.K. with a highly unique story, will debut at some point in late-August.
Additionally, as I continue to attempt to land a reporting gig, I will be doing some on-air features with the local television station, EBTV. I'm pretty excited to get started with this, and inject a little bit of life into the sports content with the station.
Throw all of this alongside my work with MLB Network (which will now include the NHL Network as well), and we may have time to grab a cup of coffee some time in December.
Nonetheless, just wanted to keep everyone in the loop, for those who are interested. Thanks always for the support, and be sure to keep up with all of my doings on Facebook and Twitter.
Until next time.