Salk: Saying thank you for the past decade to Brock & Salk listeners
When I was 26 years old, I made a difficult decision to quit a promising career in political consulting because I wanted to talk on the radio. I didn’t have a fully formed plan, just the vague idea that it would be fun to talk about sports or music or whatever. Seemed easy enough.
A few years later, I came to Seattle ready to talk about sports. By now, you know the story. Brock and I met, failed, bonded, succeeded, broke up, got back together, succeeded again. We had a ton of fun along the way, and we often have been told that it is our relationship and friendship that makes the show what it is.
I love sports and I love talking. I especially enjoy talking to Brock about sports. And when I made the decision to get into this business, that was the entirety of the plan. I was so thrilled that I had found a job that would pay me to do what I would have done for free.
But as it turns out though, talking sports is nowhere close to the best or most important part of the job.
In the last week or so since we announced that we would be ending our daily radio show and continuing in weekly podcast form, we have received countless texts, emails and communications from listeners. Of course, it’s fun to ham up the insults and digs, but interspersed have been some very meaningful and deeply gracious messages.
We heard from folks who listened while they felt lonely or were literally alone. Some who used the show to keep a lifeline to home while they lived far away. Others who shared a laugh on their way to work with their kids in the car. And a few said they felt the show helped them through the long recovery from serious illnesses.
It is humbling.
Radio is so much about relationships. I didn’t realize that when I quit my political consulting job or when I read my first sports update on the air or even when I moved to Seattle the first time, but it’s true. We as hosts focus so much of our efforts on the relationship we have with our partners or our producers, but the relationships we get to develop with the community of listeners is so vital and so rewarding. It is truly meaningful.
So, thank you. We may not know each other in person, but we definitely know each other personally. And I’m grateful to have shared my life and friendship with you for the past decade.