Yesterday I was planning to write something about marketing, voice over... something about growing your businesses. However, the events of the last couple of days here in Boston have left us all, to say the least, a little side-tracked.
My wife Ann and I have received so many emails, messages, texts, etc. asking how we are, are we safe? So many to respond to.
I thought this forum would be the best way to update you. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for checking in and thinking of us. Yes, thankfully Ann and I, and our families are fine.
I usually wear my "Flag Shirt" on patriotic holidays - Patriot's Day, 4th of July, etc. I forgot to wear it yesterday, but I'm wearing it today. It just seems more appropriate and candidly, it let's me express myself and feel like I'm "doing" something.
Yesterday was Patriot's Day here in Massachusetts. It's a state holiday to commemorate the Battles of Lexington & Concord that started the Revolution. The Boston Marathon is always run on Patriot's Day. There's always a home game for the Boston Red Sox too. It's a fun day here in town with families getting out and spending time together and it's when the weather starts to get nice.
I guess you could say Boston wakes up from winter on Patriot's Day.
Yesterday was a difficult day here at the radio station. We all just sort of stopped and cut over to our news station and we simulcast their coverage for the rest of the day.
We had several staff members who ran the marathon. This isn't unusual. Most folks here in Boston know at least someone running in the marathon.
We also had staff doing station appearances - handing out T-Shirts, etc. All are safe. We had other TV staff who were feet away when the blasts went off. Thankfully all of them are safe as well. Many assisted the injured and continued coverage throughout the night.
Today, we're learning more; the names of the people killed and learning about who we know who knew them. Things are starting to sink in a bit and I can tell you we are sad, confused, but there is also a sense of unity among all of us and courtesy toward others. You can just feel it.
There's also a palpable feeling of disgust and anger that someone would do this to "Us" on our special day. Frankly, we're all a little pissed off right now and that's understandable.
Our local police and fire and other first responders have done heroic work. The outpouring of concern from our many friends across the United States and Canada is felt and deeply appreciated. We know you are with us and it means a lot.
I ask you to please keep your thoughts and prayers with the families who have lost loved ones and those who have been wounded.
Until next time,