Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Thank You Class of 2007!

Today I was fortunate enough to attend the graduation ceremony at The Comp School. Back in December I was asked to be the guest speaker at the ceremony. Brad Wall and Linda Haverstock (future premier and former Lieutenant Governor respectively) have been speakers in the past so to be held in that company was too big of an honor to pass up.

I think I was really lucky that the audience was looking for anything possible to laugh at this morning. Sometimes even the best speaker can bomb cause of an unreceptive audience and the most jittery and nervous can thrive on a group just looking for an excuse to laugh. I think I was the benficiary of a group wanting to be entertained. What a great experience! Thank you class of 007, tomorrow never dies. Thank you audience! You made a tough speech easy.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Oh Lord,

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=1a36fbeb-879d-4a62-95fc-7338bec895cb&k=9078

The jist of the story is a 51 year old guy in Regina has been ordered to stay away from Angel Sombrutzki of CTV weather fame.

I hate when stuff like this happens and it gets lots of attention.

I'm not saying the guy is innocent. I read the story. He attended some events she was at and sent her a package that she never opened (maybe it was something sick maybe it was a box of cupcakes his mamma made). This is NOT a slam Angel blog, but an issue I have with some "celebrities" who seem to think they are above the general population. The word "stalker" is often over used when it comes to us media types. I think some media people who aren't good at what they do and are desparate for attention really embellish attention from honest fans and label them as "stalkers" (again, not saying Angel's "stalker" is innocent). It's just stories like this make people like me less approachable and it angers me. I've had many people say to me "I wanted to introduce myself to you, but I don't want to look like a stalker". I love meeting people who take time out of their day to not watch TV, put down the ipod, choose me out of three local morning shows and pay attention to what I have to say before I play their favorite Madonna song. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELVES. I WILL NOT PUT A RESTRAINING ORDER ON YOU! In 12 years of radio I have had listeners exibit these "stalker" like behaviors:

send me baking (alot)
send me a dairy queen blizzard
send me a card on my birthday
send me deer sausage
send me some rhubard hooch
send colleagues a poem about how great their morning show is
send me a new coffee cup after KJ smashed mine (uncalled for KJ and you know it;)!!!
send me numerous letters
send me e-mails

Nothing bad has ever come from any of that.

I have never called anyone a stalker. No one I have worked with has ever called anyone a stalker and filed any sort of an order. Sure one time a crazy lady attacked Art Wallman, but there are some crazies out there. Most "stalkers" are good honest folks who appreciate what we in the media do.

Again, I don't know the details of what happened with this Regina guy, but if I cried stalker everytime a listener showed up at the same events I did and sent me a gift I'd live in a very isolated world.

R$

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Still Alive

June is here and with it comes a very busy month in the radio world. With any community rooted radio station, when the town is busy, the station is busy and June has been nuts.

At the end of the month I have the honor of speaking to the 2007 graduating class of the Comp School. Linda Haverstock and Brad Wall must've been unavaiblable;)

I'll be consulting with Eagle morning god Chance Duperreault on what he said to the Central Butte grad class a few weeks ago to send them into the real world.

Next week on the Magic Morning show it's going to be a very special week. The McCleary, Marleau, Moen Foundation and Magic are teaming up for a radio event like no other in Magic's short history on the air.

I have some free time to blog as the Swift Current Indians player that lives in my basement is in Weyburn. Short Stop Scott Bidrowski and the Tribe are down in the southeast corner this afternoon. They are 6-2 after a loss to Yorkton last night. Hopefully the Tribe will give me the chance to say "the Indians pounded the Beavers" tomorrow morning.

Lots of Facebook junkies have seen a "Richard Ryan Switzer" and asked if that was me. Yes, my first name is actually Richard.

It sounds like Ryan and Lyris Cappelle have secured Swift Current as the host city for the 2008 provincial body building championships next March. Rumour has it some of the other events that may go long with this one would certainly be firsts for our sense making city. What's the shape of a stop sign (I may have said too much)? I have already been booked to emcee the body building portion of the weekend.

My new favorite radio name? Eagle weekender "Poindexter Dryden". Now that "Little Pig" is gone that may be the best handle in the province.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com