I'm not going back on the radio.
I have been offered a position teaching 6th Grade Social Studies at a fantastic charter school, Veritas College Preparatory Charter School. As some of you know, my wife, father, and mother are all teachers. This has been a long-time goal of mine and I am extremely grateful to be given an opportunity to work with kids in such a great environment. This is a life-changer for me in a hugely positive way, and hopefully for the kids that I will teach. This is a way for me to have an impact on the city that I love so much and be there for my family.
This past year has been both the best year of my life and the most difficult. My wife and I were blessed with a son last April and he has been amazing. At the same time, as most of you who are reading this know, I was let go from Sports 56 last July and re-assigned to a television station. This was a big change for me, but I was lucky to have great supervisors who helped ease my transition. Due to circumstances, though, I had to work three (and sometimes four) jobs in order to provide for my family. This obviously was really difficult. I couldn't see my son nearly as much as I would like. So when Veritas offered me a position that would not only provide me with an opportunity to work one job teaching a subject I am passionate about, but also put me in a position where I would have almost the exact same schedule as my wife, I jumped at the chance. It was an easy decision.
I will miss the media. It provided me with opportunities that most people never have. I got to attend four straight Super Bowl weeks, go to a Super Bowl, go to SEC Media Days, and have a backstage pass for any Memphis sporting event that I would like. More importantly though, it gave me friendships that will last a lot longer than my media career. I was lucky to do a show with one of my best friends. Unfortunately, it didn't work out, but how many people get to talk sports with their best friend every day as their job?
I am extremely grateful to Flinn Broadcasting for giving me an opportunity to pursue my media career for the last ten years. It was a great ride. A sincere thank you to everyone who has reached out and told me they enjoyed listening to me when I was on and asked me when I was coming back. Never say never, but now, it's time for a new chapter. I can't wait to meet my new colleagues and get to work teaching the 6th graders at VCP!