Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Future

Every now and then, someone will Tweet me or see me out and ask, "When are you going back on the radio?"  Up until now, I have been reluctant to give an answer, because quite honestly, I didn't know what the future would hold.  But now, I finally have an answer for everyone who has asked.

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! 


Carbunkle Trumpet said...

Congrats Will and I do not doubt for one second that you will do a great job at anything that you do. Life is a strange trip and there are many obstacles and paths but you have a great wife, child, family and friends for support and as long as you are happy at the end of the day then it is a win.
Best of luck and knock em dead!

Thomas Whitehead said...

Very great news! Thanks for your example of persistence.