This first week of July will always be a memorable one for me.
It was five years ago Monday that I officially began radio full-time.
Being in Lima television for more than 27 years, even I had believed that WLIO-TV would be my last full-time broadcasting job.
But, I decided to make the move at age 50, and havenít regretted it one bit.
Radio has been great.
And, isnít it interesting that exactly five years to that first day at Maverick Media radio on North Cable Road in Lima, I was sitting high atop 57 Town Square in downtown Lima, Monday night, broadcasting my sportstalk show as a member of Childers Media Group.
Five years to the day, July 1, 2008.
Childers Media Group is headed by Matt Childers. He was the reason I left TV in the first place.
And, recently, Childers put together a group to purchase our five radio stations from Maverick Media, and proceeded to move us downtown into a beautifully renovated building.
Local ownership and investing in our downtown and in our community. How great is that?
I am a local guy.
And our radio stations are completely local.
I love it.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
There was no question that we had been in need of rain locally, but remember when it does rain, it usually has an adverse effect on an outdoor event.
Until Tuesday, the Lima Locos hadnít played a game since the previous Thursday. And the Locos have played the least amount of games of any team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That will change soon, weather permitting, of course.
I Feel really bad for AMA Ohio National Championship local promoter Dean Gallup. All of the work he and his family had done for the the motorcycle races at the Allen County Fairgrounds this past weekend went for naught. It is a one day event and always the last Saturday in June.
All of the riders were in town and ready to go, but rain hit the fairgrounds early Saturday afternoon and didnít let up until Sunday night. Gallup postponed the racing Saturday until Sunday, but too much rain deemed the track unsafe for the riders to race Sunday night. Everyone had to leave Lima disappointed that one of the areaís premier sporting events never took place.
Even though the All-Star break is a couple of weeks away, both the Reds and Indians have passed the halfway point of their regular seasons. I would say it has been a good first half for both.
Redsí fans donít seem happy even though their club is 12-games over .500 (as of Tuesday).
Indiansí fans are ecstatic that their team is seven-games over .500 and in first place in the AL Central. There was a time years ago, where the baseball experts would look at the Fourth of July as a sign of whether a team was going to be in a pennant race or not.
But Reds part-time TV broadcaster George Grande told me that was only because there were just two divisions back then (the American and National Leagues) and only the winner of each league would advance to the World Series.
Take me back to those days, please.
Former Ada and Miami of Ohio quarterback Zac Dysert is home now after participating in the Denver Broncos rookie camp last month. The Broncosí seventh round draft pick is officially an NFL player after signing a four-year contract.
And he told me that with his signing bonus of $48,000, he decided to make his first big purchase. He is the proud owner of a 2013 Denali SUV.
Good for him.
Dysert returns to Colorado on July 21 for the Broncosí regular training camp.
Happy Fourth of July everybody.
We always look forward to this holiday, hanging out with family during the day, and heading to the Star Spangled Spectacular at night.
It is a Koza tradition. Join us, wonít you?
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