It was two years ago on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving that the paperwork was signed to complete the sale and start a new career path for me and since then a lot has transpired: rebranding of stations, launching of new brands, building of new friendships and of course, a global pandemic. During that time I have come to appreciate the staff of NEW Radio more than I thought possible. I’m thankful for the way things unfolded because it brought out resilience in this team that I believe is unmatched in the industry. I’ve also seen this in our community which I’m proud to call home.
I want to thank the staff over the past two years for their dedication to our new process and their ability to adapt to the changing environment around them. It wasn’t always easy and we aren’t “done” yet. It’s time that you get to know a little more about everyone who makes NEW Radio and the Door County Daily News possible.
I want to thank Tim Kowols for his outstanding work ethic, willingness to step in and do what it takes to make the company successful, plus he has a very entertaining sense of humor.
Thank you to Paul Schmitt for working tirelessly to improve every day while always being one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Paul is a staple of the Door County Daily News and L-C Sports.
Thank you to Shelly Lau who always has the best interest of this company in mind. She will always go the extra mile to make people happy and has become a key person on one of our newest stations.
Reece Robillard came to us through an apprenticeship program from Southern Door High School and now plays a major part of our everyday operations. I want to thank him for his willingness to learn and grow with the responsibilities that he has with us.
Michael Cater is the newest addition to the sales team and I’m thankful for his knowledge of the area coupled with his passion to help clients, I see him being extremely successful with sales and with NEW Radio.
I’m extremely thankful for Sara Miller, who came to us from the Apprenticeship Program and WIPPS. She is a senior at Kewaunee High School and has been an important part of the News team along with numerous other roles she handles around the office. Sara will accomplish great things with her career.
Lee Peek is someone who is responsible for the majority of the music you hear on our stations and I am thankful for his experience and passion for this industry. We sound great because of him.
Thank you to Larry Stevens for being a steady and reliable voice for everyone, including me. With his years of service, he brings a sense of familiarity, we are lucky to have him as a part of the team.
Don Clark is someone who I am grateful for as he provides not only guidance on everyone’s favorite station in this area, he has helped improve the quality of this company.
There are many others that I need to thank including all that have been involved with Sports Broadcasting like Matt Piesler (L-C), Peter Kerwin (SB Soccer), Matt Frea (SD), Jacob Nate (Gibraltar), Jeremy Paszczak (SB Soccer/SD), Tyler Thrune L-C Volleyball and others that step in with NEW Radio Sports Network. Thank you for bringing these broadcasts to life.
I need to thank the community for being welcoming and understanding. I have been all around this country and I’m proud to now call Door County my home.
Finally, I have to say thank you to my family who have shown their support but I want to take a moment to thank someone who has supported me the entire time I have owned NEW Radio. She has put up with long hours that start before the sun comes up, after it sets and a lot of weekends. She has been a calming voice more often than she knows and she even helps out with roles inside the company. Thank you to my fiancée, Tami.
As you can see, there’s a lot that I have to be grateful for and I’m asking that we all take some time over the next few days and reflect over what we have to be thankful for. Say “Thank you” to those around you, I know that I don’t do it enough and as someone who is supported by more good people than I ever thought possible, I will start doing that more.
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.