Friends of mine often ask me why I bothered to go on message boards. My girlfriend screams at me to stop because she would read what people who write. They asked how I could handle people writing those awful things about me and having people start arguments that were off the wall. For the most part, I really had fun with it. But some where along the way - it turned negative. The promotional benefit got outweighed by faceless wannabes who are frustrated and bitter.
I have to admit that I am a bit fried right now and some of the reaction that I'm going through is because of that. My reputation is the most important thing to me. I try to see 90% of the things that appear on the net about me. Some have told me that it's unhealthy but I look at is as part of my job. All you have is your name.
The reason why I went on boards was to promote the show. To me, it was a great way to let people know what we were doing. As a new program to Omaha and someone not from here, I felt like I needed any exposure that I could get. All pub is good pub in my opinion. Yet, tonight it all bubbled over me for me. The inevitable caught up with me.
The show just had the best ratings book ever. I wish I could write on here and tell you guys how good we did but I can't legally. Arbitron doesn't allow you quote their numbers publicly on forums like this. Just know that the battle for Omaha is almost won for Big Sports 590. If you are under the age of 44, you already know which show in the afternoon has more juice. Our audience in Lincoln, Souix City, Des Moines etc grows every day....only a matter of time before we win Omaha completely - then it's onto the other markets.
So if the idea was to grow the show and it has grown - then why continue to go on boards? Well, I decided to keep doing what we were doing because it was working. But then I went too far. I did something that I said I wasn't going to do - I got into arguments with anonymous writers...they got to me. I allowed myself to get upset about certain things that were said and frustrated by ridiculous comments by people. Heck, it was 900 on 1...but I stood up to fight back....BIG MISTAKE. All it did was piss me off...arguing with wanna be talk show hosts was my fault. I forget how many people think what I do is simple.
I'm 29....only 2 years in Omaha. I learned my lesson. I will continue to update the blog for interviews and things that will be happening with the show. But as far as Husker and Jays message boards - I'm banning myself. It's for the best.
My fault. This will be on the only place that I write on from now on. So bookmark the page and listen to the show...thanks for reading this.