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Two weeks in… Oh my!

matt studio photo bombBy Matt Mittan

What a fun ride this is!

Before two months ago, I would not have believed you if you told me I’d be right back in the thick of local, afternoon drive time radio. I have to tell you that I’m having more fun broadcasting now than I’d had in many, many years. Perhaps it’s the timing in the community. Perhaps it’s the timing in my own personal life. Perhaps it’s the format of the brand new station. My bet is that it’s the combination of all of these things.

In just the past two weeks, there have been 15 different community guests – from all walks of life, on all kinds of topics and with the full range of motivations and emotions found within the human experience. We’ve laughed. We’ve gotten active on a couple issues. We’ve even watered up our eyes a couple times, together. We’ve reflected back on where we’ve been and have looked forward to where we are going. In short, we are building commUNITY. And it’s exactly why I decided to take the invitation to jump back on a mic.

One of the most exciting, and validating, things so far for me is to see the way people are jumping right in to make it their own. Because here’s a trade secret… I’ve never looked at neighbors tuning in as “listeners”, I’ve look at you as “partners”. What I do doesn’t work in a vacuum. When it’s clicking, and it IS clicking right now, I am more the sail for the community’s wind than a ship Captain. That’s the way a community broadcaster should operate, in my opinion.

So as we continue to press forward, know that I have unwavering respect and appreciation for all the engagement and enthusiasm this amazing region is pouring into this new platform. We have a very rare situation right now, when it comes to large format commercial broadcasting… The airwaves are in the hands of us!

Let’s make it what we dream it should be… together!

Yours in service,
Matt

 

You can listen to Biz 1350 Live Streaming at Biz1350.com or check out “The Matt Mittan Show” Best of Podcasts on TuneIn and iTunes. The show is on Live 4-6pm EST, Monday through Friday.

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Here I go again…

I’d might as well make it official. I’m returning to the airwaves.studio mic

After taking the last few years away from the broadcast world to regroup, refresh and realign some stuff in my life, and to build my Employee Benefits business (Mittan Insurance), I’ve been given the amazing gift of getting to reconnect with – and serve – my neighbors in the way that only strong signal, local, daily, independent, talk radio can afford.

When I walked away from the mic, I really didn’t see – or want – a path back to the platform. But the time feels right. It feels right in my personal and professional life and it feels like the right time in our community. And I feel like the perfect partnership has come together, to do this right.

It’s been increasingly hard for me to just sit back and not engage when I see so much division, so much hostility and so much irresponsibility, by partisans and purveyors of personalities, when it comes to fair and meaningful dialogue.  Some of my friends think I’m crazy for jumping back into the fray. But I have hope.

I don’t think I’m alone in my hunger for some unifying space on the radio dial again. I believe we can bring accountability to important matters, without letting it be overtaken by political agendas or titillating controversies, just for the mere benefit of ratings. And I know we can have fun while still being relevant and inclusive.

Fear is an overplayed card these days. The flame of suspicion in one another is given too much fanning. And, there’s too much focus on what divides us rather than what brings us together.

I don’t have any grand delusions of what this new show and new station might be. All I know is that I must try to do something to give us a place where we can gather each day and compare notes – together. We can laugh together. We can cry together. We can learn. We can teach. We can even flood phone banks if need be. But mostly, let’s just be a community again.

That’s why I’m going back on the air. To try and build community. That’s worth taking a stand for still, isn’t it?

Thanks,
Matt Mittan

Because rate increases over the past several years weren’t enough…

BCBS wants 23% rate hike on ACA plans in North Carolina for 2018

635563407906359575-bcbsnc-logo_2513224_ver1-0(Raleigh News & Observer) Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, is proposing a 23 percent rate increase on Affordable Care Act plans in 2018, in what will be the fifth year of the federal health insurance mandate.

The steep rate request follows a 24.3 percent rate increase for this year and a 32.5 percent increase in 2016. The company’s ACA rates have more than doubled since the law made health insurance mandatory in 2014.

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Miss me? I tapped out for a bit.

3-5-17 037I tried an interesting experiment over the past couple months. I disengaged with my website. I shut off the news. I stripped my social media feeds of all things political. I picked up my guitar and got on a public stage for the first time in forever. I wrote some new songs and poetry. I soaked myself in the lives of the people I love and immersed myself into where I was at. When I stuck my head back up I realized that nothing had really changed. Angry people were still angry. Happy people were still happy. Politicians were still splitting people apart. And good deeds were still, for the most part, being ignored by the media.

You know what I came to understand from this little pop culture hiatus? I care way too much about being present in my daily life to care about what’s dominating social and broadcast media anymore. Am I alone in this feeling? I really don’t care if I am or not. That said, I would love to engage with as many people in my community as care to engage with me in a genuine and vulnerably honest way. I find myself motivated to volunteer around town again. I’ve already agreed to a few big events over the next several weeks. I think the election season got me so jaded that I retreated to my bubble of family and friends just to maintain some semblance of sanity. It was like people didn’t know how to shut it off. All the drama was effecting my spirit.

So here’s where I’m at. I love the hours that fill my day. I love the people I encounter in my daily routine. I love the work I’m doing these days. And most of all, I just simply love. From where I sit, it seems a lot more people could use a two month unplug. If you can’t find it in yourself to do that, that’s cool. Do what feels right for you. But if you see me politely turn away and not engage, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. It means I don’t care to hit my head against a wall.

#Love

Nonverbal Boy with Autism Shares Special Bond with Deaf New Shelter Dog

connor-and-ellie-released(Good News Network) Connor Guillet may only be 6 years old, but he’s already found his soul mate in a deaf adopted boxer pup named Ellie. Since Connor is a nonverbal boy on the autism spectrum, he usually only communicates through signs and gestures. The boy’s parents found Ellie at a boxer rescue event near their home in Cocoa, Florida. When the trainers explained that they would have to use sign language in order to communicate with Ellie due to her deafness, the couple knew she would make a perfect companion for their son.

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