WABB End of An Era Party

I was originally planning to post this entry several days ago after I came back — it’s been a long week (and those of you who have been following me on twitter know just how long).

A while back I wrote a “Poem for WABB” – you can still find it online at https://mviron.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/poem-for-wabb/ if you’d like to see it. As the days started winding down, I decided to print 5 copies of the poem, sign them, and hand-deliver them to the last remaining on-air staff. I chose to do so at the End of An Era party that WABB hosted at O’Daly’s Irish Pub on February 29, 2012.

Little did I know what an impression such a small thing for me to do would make. From the very first minute as I started the walk to O’Daly’s Irish Pub, I was treated like family by all of the on-air staff, and was even greeted by name. All of them, Blondie, Producer Heather, Intern Alyssa, Nick Fox, Q-Tip, Jammer, Cherish, and so many others in their immediate circle are extraordinary and talented individuals — they have a true passion for whatever they do, and it shows.

In closing, thank you to the WABB family for making me feel welcome and part of the family. I appreciated every minute I spent meeting and getting to know all of you, and I can only hope that circumstances permit us to meet again. Please keep in touch! (By the way, for those of you I didn’t personally deliver a copy of the poem to — if you still don’t have it, contact Intern Alyssa — she’s the keeper of them.)

Take care,

Michael

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Poem for WABB

Update 2/29/2012: Thank you to the WABB family for the numerous retweets, @ replies, and follows. This poem is now #3 all-time out of the 10 posts I’ve written on this blog, having gained the most number of views in the shortest period of time. I’ve been listening to WABB for 17 years — the dedication of the onair personalities and WABB as a whole to the community has remained unquestioned the entire time. All of you — Blondie, Nick Fox, Q-Tip, Producer Heather, and Intern Alyssa will be greatly missed. Your passion for radio and positive energy has permeated everything you’ve done, and has more than once lifted my spirits during difficult moments. Last but not least, the webmaster, Stephanie Winans, although behind the scenes, has also shown a true passion for keeping the website updated and ensuring content gets up quickly.

You can follow Blondie (@RachelBlondie), Nick Fox (@NickWFox), Q-Tip (@qtipqtip), Producer Heather (@alwaysbebright), Intern Alyssa (@Honeaa), and Stephanie Winans (@StephanieWinans) on twitter for updates.

The gulf coast heard the news that WABB will go off the air at the end of the month, on Friday (February 17). One listener has made a video, but I chose a poem.

WABB, What can I say?
You’ve been on my radio each and every day
Listening to Nick Fox, Q-Tip, Intern Alyssa, and Producer Heather.
Blondie, don’t worry — I haven’t forgotten you either!

All of you, putting the interests of the community first
Providing necessary information during an emergency alert.
But through it all, having fun — even with the sad news.

Choosing to go out not silently but with one final Hoorah..
A final chance for listeners to connect and say good bye.

A fixture on the Gulf Coast since before I came in
I can’t believe my mornings will soon not be the same.
Unsure who, if anyone, can match your enthusiasm.

Who can forget Screwy News, the Buzz, or even “As Heard On”
WABB, in the memories of your listeners and stars you’ve launched will live on.

Take care, all of you — I wish you nothing but the best!

Michael Viron
President & CEO
General Education Online

Welcome to Michael’s Blog

Hello and welcome to my new personal blog.  Over time, I plan to use this blog to pass along useful information on various technologies and software, to provide more in-depth posts than I’m able to provide via Twitter or Facebook, and to provide information on when and where I’ll be speaking or presenting next, along with information on the various events I’m involved with organizing or starting in the Northwest FL area.

It promises to be an exciting ride for 2011.  Stay tuned.