My chosen career of a radio broadcasting spanned 33 years of my life and it was taken away fifteen years ago after receiving the diagnosis of the chronic disease Multiple Sclerosis, consequently forcing me into retirement.
I was a radio baby. My father helped me land my first job in the business when I was 17 and it became my lifelong passion. For me, it was true... if your work is your passion, you’re not really working. I never worked a day in my 33 years of radio life. After a decade and a half of laser focus on the progression of my MS, the work passion has long faded, I never dreamed I’d find that type of work passion again.
More than two years ago, after encouragement from my MS doctor to force my damaged brain to work a little harder, he suggested writing. He thought scripting my life-changing situation would be a good brain “work out.” I decided to write my memoir and share what happened in my life after the diagnosis of MS. That memoir, Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through, was released this past September and I’ll never forget the thrill when it was finally a reality. I had officially become a published author!
Writing that book sparked something not felt in a while; a feeling of passion about something. I was passionate about doing the research, the hours of writing, and felt a real sense of satisfaction after the extra time it took to get a simple sentence written perfectly. The end result of being a published author is tantamount to winning a radio rating race and I loved winning a rating race. I continued writing and am ready to release another book, becoming a published author, twice in just over six months.
My next book is from a speck of an idea that’s been brewing in my mind for over 40 years. It’s a fictional story and I had no idea how to compose fiction. After a few weeks of immersing myself into the writings of super fiction writers, Clive Barker, John Grisham, and Steven King, a voice came into my head and the story that had been stirring deep in my brain became more and more clear. I sat down and typed furiously and listened to that voice as it told the tale of River City. A fable about a little town with one radio station staffed by locals, good people who lived good lives and passed on that love of life to the local audience, who hung on every word. I wanted to tell the story of what happened to that town after the 1986 rescinding of the Fairness Doctrine and the subsequent ownership changes by the Federal Communications Commission. This saga is about how it affected the town and how it would never be the same.
The Death of Fairness will be the first time many will be made aware “equal time” was once a rule in American broadcasting; if someone lied, there would be equal time to denounce the lie. The Fairness Doctrine was real and effective but the Reagan administration, under pressure of broadcast owners who felt it affected their bottom line profits because it took time and money to find qualified contrasting points of view. President Reagan rescinded the Doctrine deeming it “antagonistic to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment.” It was a monetary decision with no concern with the effect on the psyche of the American public.
Good news, I think my passion is back. I’ll keep writing.
Until next week,