Helloooo! Welcome to MY PAGE! My own little chunk of the World Wide Web. It's very exciting.
My career started while in college at a little Top 40 station in Clare, Michigan (the Gateway to the North). Not only was I a weekend DJ, but I was also the station janitor. No kidding! I did what was needed to break into the biz, even if it included scrubbing toilets.
After Clare, it was on to Saginaw, Michigan, a decade in Kalamazoo (yes, there really is...), north to Grand Rapids, and then south to Greenville, where I'm excited to take over afternoons on MY 102.5!!!
I met the love of my life in Kalamazoo at a wine festival. Kelcey told me on that first night: "You'll never meet a girl in Kalamazoo." Apparently not... that night! But I won her over with my charm, wit, and a great deal of wine. We married in September of 2001. She's my best friend.
Born: Troy, Michigan
Wife: Kelcey Carlson, anchor/reporter WRAL-TV
Pets: Dog- Phil Stubbs!
Kids: Two! Charlie, born in 2007, and Kellen, born in 2011
For everyone. For the person that lost a loved one, to the person that has no idea what to say to the person that lost a loved one. If you're like me, and struggle to find the right words, then do your best to avoid the wrong ones. Journalist Letty Cottin Pogrebin breaks down what NOT to say in Psychology Today:
To a friend whose parent has died: “Think of it this way; your dad won’t be a burden.” Or, “You were always complaining about your mom anyway.”
To a grieving spouse: “It was worse for my cousin; she was married longer than you were.” Or, “There are other fish in the sea; don’t worry, you’ll meet someone.” Or, “When you’re ready, I have someone to introduce you to.”
To a parent who’s lost a child: “God must have wanted him.” Or, “Thank heavens you have two other kids.” Or, “It’s been a year now; don’t you think it’s time you reached closure?”
She ends with some helpful advice: “Practice active empathy. Do not say to a grieving friend what you would not want to hear if you were in the same tragic place.”