Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
What a wonderful trip! So happy that I had the time and opportunity to move my daughter out to beautiful Colorado. It was kind of a hellish ride complete with some tough weather... and the loss of our roof rack as soon as we crossed into Indiana! Unquestionably an adventure I think we'll both cherish forever. When we needed to up the adrenaline and avoid white line fever the catalogs of Led Zeppelin and The Hold Steady, "Quadrophenia" from The Who, M. Rivers brilliant new record and Julian Cope's "Peggy Suicide" were all blasted at maximum volume. But perhaps the most musically poignant moment occurred crossing into Colorado when on shuffle "A Long December" from Counting Crows came on. The lyrics summed up how we both felt (for different reasons) starting this new year and new chapter in our lives. We took it as a sign that we were truly on the path we need to be.
More on the trip soon but for now here's a few new things I discovered on my return.
Anastasia and I are heading out on the road to move her to Colorado. We're spending some time in the home studio to get some tunes to enjoy along the way and thought we would share it with you.
It’s time to say goodbye to not only another year, but what has been perhaps the most rewarding professional experience of my life. It has truly been a privilege to play even a small role in the creation and growth of what has become a thriving and successful broadcasting operation. Safe to say 17 years on we have put to rest the mantra surrounding us at the start, “Nobody will pay for radio, you guys are crazy!”
The Loft will continue under the guidance of Chris Muckley, leaving me secure in the knowledge that my baby will continue to grow up in good hands and ears. Speaking of which, while The Loft may have been “my baby” it would have never reached even this level without the enormous contributions of Franny Thomas, Meg Griffin, David Johansen and Larry Kirwan. They will thankfully all continue to weave their radio magic unfettered.
My plans include spending more time with family and friends, getting my health together and rooting for my beloved New York Yankees. My final batch of Wake Up Sets will take place Friday 12/29 starting at 6 AM (ET) and my last Loft Show will be Saturday 12/30 from Noon to 6 PM (ET).
Please accept my sincere gratitude for letting me into your lives for these last 17 years and listening so damn close. I will miss you all.
P.S. Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
I will still be here:
What horrible news... I am gutted. A wonderful human, superb songwriter and someone I was proud to call a friend. Here's a very small sample of some of my favorites.
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