What I remember experiencing as a young broadcast who usually doesn't have to tackle issues such as a national tragedy on a daily basis, was just how tough it was to switch gears, and cover the event in an appropriate and positive way. It was a weird time for us all. We all are effected by it differently, we were healing differently, and I just wanted to share a quick thought on what that was like in our world in sports talk radio.
Most of the time what we do is all for entertainment. We're very simply just trying to take you from one place to another. Giving you something to think about, laugh about, even get mad about. But that day was different. That's when a different part of our job rears its ugly but necessary head. We share our thoughts, allow you to share yours, all in an effort to be informed and to heal..collectively. It's not entertainment, its reality. I never came to work in those days wondering how I was going to come up with the best radio topic and the hottest take, it was about the community. It was about giving as many people that were listening all the information and comfort they needed. It's a weird spot to be in, it's not one I look forward to, but I do think it's the right thing to do.
Today I will be reflecting on where we were, how far we've come as a community, and how far we still have to go. It's important to remember that the individuals we lost were just that, people. It doesn't matter what race/orientation/color anybody was, we lost a portion of our loving community. One year later, I'm still so proud of how this city responded. We showed the world and ourselves that Orlando is far more than a tourist stop and Mickey ears. I'm proud to say I'm an Orlandoan today and everyday.