From where I sit On The Kowch, it’s time to start the countdown clock to when kowchmedia.com will go dark. It will happen on March 11, 2019. In March I turn 68-years-old. It’s time to move on and retire. I have accomplished all I set out to do 10 years ago when I launched kowchmedia to help emerging radio and podcast talent to chase their dreams to be stars on the radio and online. In fact, I think I’ve done even more than I had hoped from writing a book, teaching at Humber and Seneca College, helping clients apply to the CRTC for radio licenses and writing this blog.
Let the countdown begin:
I was a 17-year-old kid from east-end Montreal who graduated from highschool in 1968 and got a job as a copy-boy at The Montreal Star. Three months later, I convinced editors I should be a reporter. That was the start of my 50-year media journey. From the Montreal Star to The Montreal Gazette to radio as a reporter to news director, head of Standard Broadcast News to Operations Manager/Program Director of two of Canada’s largest newstalk radio stations – CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal. Along the way I covered or produced news coverage of the biggest news stories of the day from 1968 to 2010.
I was lucky to work with great reporters, photographers, editors, anchors, talk show hosts, producers and technical producers who put up with my antics (good and bad) and my crazy ideas to beat the competition to help win more than 30 local, national and international awards – including three Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Gold Ribbon Awards.
These awards would not have been possible without all the hard work and talent of the staff and support of senior management like Rob Braide at CJAD in Montreal and Pat Holiday at CFRB in Toronto. And of course the owners: Alan Slaight and Gary Slaight who took a chance on me to run the crown jewels of their radio empire.
No one is an island in the media. There are no one man bands. There is only team work that can lead to success. At times, I didn’t set the best example as team leader. Asshole was probably a better definition. So to those who say Kowch was an asshole, you’re right and I apologize.
And to those who followed me to the edge of the cliff, took a chance and implemented my plans – thanks for your support.
So, for the last time from where I sit On The Kowch, I leave you with what has been my message since starting kowchmedia: If I could do it, you can too! Be a member of the 25% Club. Be positive and believe in yourself and your ideas. You don’t believe in CAN’T. Remember 75% of people are negative who find a reason to say it can’t be done. Positive beats negative all the time. Chase your dream! OWN IT! It was the key to MY success. It will be the key to YOUR success!