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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

 

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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