Where does seven years go. Sometimes by too quickly. We have the past to reflect upon and we have the future to wonder about. One thing we can tell you is that our life is happening right at this instance.
I hope you take time to read the article about our 620 CKRM Program Director that is apart of the QC insert to the Regina Leader Post. The article shines a light on a man whose done some pretty neat things in our building over those seven years.
Grant Biebrick called me in late March of 2011 about working at CKRM, I think I talked to him more about the pros of Regina and Saskatchewan than he knew – at that time! I do know our conversation was long and that the World Men’s Curling was taking place in Regina because our conversation included Team Norway and their crazy pants. When I got off the phone, my heart soared, it sank and I gulped hard as I was sure I had just interviewed for the morning show opening in Regina.
Why the mixed emotions – I loved my situation in Central Alberta, why would I want to re-locate; I can go back anytime and fit right in. But Saskatchewan is home. Our family farm is just 40 minutes away, our mom is 98 now and driving back and forth for football games was getting kind of expensive! There are kids in the family that are growing up and that’s fun to be apart of. Therefore, Grant’s story in the QC and the news he delivered to our on-air team during one of our meetings was very understandable. A very relatable story indeed. I will say that at the time of disclosure the air was sucked out of the room.
Reflecting back, Cody Glydon had said; one of the staff members told him, we would learn something that would knock us over. My thought at that time was indeed that Grant was leaving. But NO .. that couldn’t happen.
Radio is a funny thing. On the listener side of the radio, you become accustom to those familiar voices being there for you every day. I have ladies at the Lutheran Home insist I get back on air while I’m on holidays! While this is flattering, humbling and very odd at times, it is nice to know that people see you as more than a voice but also a friend and someone to help them through hard times or enhance the good times.
Change is never easy, I think both Grant and I learned that coming into these uncharted waters of 620 CKRM. A new program director to steer the heritage ship and a new voice on the mornings. Let it be known that there was misgivings from listeners and perhaps present and past employees. “How could someone be replaced that had been apart of the station for so long?”. Well, friends never look at it as a replacement situation. Coming on board was never about replacing anyone. It was about being who we are and doing a job. In any job you carve out your own mark in your chosen field. I think we can all identify Grant’s calm persona as one of his marks on the industry and this company.
It has been a challenge and fun learning new things and bringing 620 CKRM into a new era.
Our environment at this station, in this province is so unique. We love keeping in touch with the entire province and that is a mighty task. Each day a collective group of people try to impact thousands of listeners in a very personal way – reaching out as if we are talking directly to you, just one person.
We have brought Saskatchewan country music to the fore front, juggled multiple sport team broadcasts, gone on various road trips to rural and urban communities. Laughed a lot and shed some tears along the way. Navigated smooth and choppy waters, cold snaps and extreme heat in and out of the Harvard Broadcasting building. And maybe eaten a few free meals.
In wrapping up my work day and getting a day closer to Grant’s departure, I leave with the one thing he wants us to do …. BLOG!
Enjoy – don’t miss reading more about Grant in the QC / Jeff DeDekker article.. great pictures too… I’m about Little Jimmy Dickens height