Here I sit, on a Sunday night, reflecting on another festival-filled week, and the one thought that keeps running through my head is…I’m a blessed man.
Why? It’s pretty simple. I get to do what I love for a living, do it with my family, do it for God’s glory, and in turn get to meet and work with some amazing, fun and talented people.
This week, not only did we do live radio broadcasts from the Hartford Fair and the Dan Emmett Festival, but Derek Tupper (WNZR Music Director and MVNU student) and I got to work with the gang from I-CONN Video Production to help provide video support to this year’s festival. Talk about a team effort…you had I-CONN, MVNU, Wayne Bower and Jordan Sound all bringing their time, equipment and energy to provide video for the screens at the main stage, plus gather footage for future promotional videos.
For me, it was a flashback to my college TV days when we were out every Friday night doing High School sports and other days and nights doing parades, school board meetings, etc…etc…the thrill of doing live video and doing it well is a neat feeling. Why? Because it takes a team of people, putting their own interests aside and working together…and we all know life is so much richer when we work together. So…my thanks to Matt Starr and Scott Swingle of I-CONN for inviting us to help, and to the whole crew for your work. We had a BLAST.
My thanks also go to two of the finest people I’ve known while living and working in Mount Vernon- Pat and Sandy Crow. Their passion for promoting Knox County, keeping the Dan Emmett Festival alive and well, and their excellence in event planning and execution is incredible. I’ve seen first-hand the work and hours they put in. I had to give Sandy a hard time Saturday because as we stood in front of their office around 4pm , watching a torrential downpour, she was still telling people “hey, the Colonial Kids are singing at the Place at the Woodward!” Always the promoter! The next time you see them, just do me a favor…say thank you.
And then, there’s our extended family…the MVNU students who keep us hopping every day but bring Marcy and I so much joy as we watch them develop their skills. Our “Big Blue Crew” was awesome this weekend! I have to give a special mention to Kaylee Nicks, who spent Wednesday at the Hartford Fair with me and also two days at Dan Emmett while battling a kidney stone…she should have been at home resting, but she didn’t want to miss what was happening. Kaylee, you defined “gutting it out.” We also had Kaylee’s boyfriend, Dan along for today as part of our crew. So to all of you- Kaylee, Dan, Jayme, Sam, Derek, Drew, Heather, Sarah…thanks for everything.
And to Marcy and Rachel, thank you for being alongside me on these adventures. I know I don’t say it enough, but thank you…and I love you! Getting to work with your family, being involved and invested together in God’s work is something I don’t ever want to take for granted. Marcy’s energy and passion for this radio ministry impacts everyone she comes into contact with…including her husband! This Friday, we will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary and begin our 6th year of working together at WNZR. Rachel’s willingness to jump right in and help is something I know all parents can appreciate.
We all have blessings in our lives…sometimes, it just takes some quiet time to help us remember. Oh, and did I mention I tried deep-fried Buckeyes at the Hartford Fair?? Check out the video and pics at the WNZR page on Facebook. Have a great week! May God continue to bless you.