Three years ago today my life changed for what I believe to be the better. On July 1st 2012 the La Crosse Radio Group flipped the format of Original Hits 1490WLFN to Today’s Talk 1490, with me as the anchor. It’s funny how this adventure started, I was at a La Crosse Jaycee event about 20 years ago when I met Pat Smith the managing partner of the La Crosse Radio group, we had conversation, and went on our merry way. A few years later I was involved in a huge radio promotion for the competition and I got a letter from Pat Smith thanking me for what I was doing and to keep up the good work. In 2009 I was laid off, one of the first calls I made was to Pat Smith we chatted, he didn’t have any openings at the time. Five months later I was working for Pat and two years after that we were building Today’s Talk 1490. I guess the lesson I learned is to treat everyone with respect including your competition, and if you work hard you will succeed. I hope that this first three years is a building block for many more great years at Today’s Talk 1490.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ever had the tv on late at night and woke up to an infomercial? I have been drawn into a couple of them, hook, line and sinker. I bought a magic jack so I could have a second line at my home for my home business and I was watching the one for the ninja cooking system and mentioned to my wife that was cool but too expensive to buy, I got it for Christmas the next year and I love it. I also saw this cool wheel barrel being advertised earlier this year and told the kids that, that is pretty cool; I ended up getting it for Father’s Day. I am glad since I have about 20 yards of gravel to move on uneven ground, so looking forward to busting out that bad boy. Have you ever been drawn in to buy any of the as seen on tv items? If so which ones? Did they work?
Monday, June 29, 2015
I believe that everyone deserves the chance at love? On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. I know many gay people and I know that most did not choose this way of life. The bible gets thrown out as the main reason that we should be against being gay, guess what it also says that divorce is a sin. How many listening to this has a loved one who has been divorced? Do you look down on them? Just because someone is gay doesn’t mean that they are any less of a person. I don’t know this to be fact but isn’t the discrimination of what the gay population is going through now, the same thing that women went through, and blacks went through, and what other populations of people that were discriminated against have endured? You don’t have to embrace the gay lifestyle but try to accept is the first step. I am confused don’t we all want happiness and love why try to stop anyone from achieving this?
Friday, June 26, 2015
If the goal of my day off yesterday was to have fun, then mission accomplished. I had the opportunity to enjoy the day with my youngest son at La Crosse day at the Brewers game. Going to Milwaukee on a coach bus has become a Schmidt tradition, it started back about 15 years ago with my oldest, since then each of the Schmidt kids have had at least a special trip with Dad to a Brewers game, it has always been a day about them. Yesterday was no different; we started off by making a couple of sandwiches for after the game, this is key for a bus trip. We then enjoyed each other’s company the whole day. Our adventure will be engrained in my memory forever. Our bus was hosted by 3 Tim’s and a not Tim (his name was Ryan) we watched a total of 6 partial movies during the trip, took a wrong turn out of Miller Park, met a bunch of new people on the bus, talked to old friends at the La Crosse tailgate party and oh yea saw a baseball game. The outcome wasn’t what the Brewers fans had hoped for but the memories of the day – priceless.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Several retailers have decided to pull the confederate flag from the shelves, really the only times I saw the flag and really noticed it was when I was a kid and watched the Dukes of Hazzard. I see that the Warner Brothers who licenses the Dukes, General Lee is no longer going to allow that version of the car to be manufactured. The big hitters are all taking the Confederate Flag off the shelves and the politicians have made it their personal stand to do away with the Confederate Flag. The threat of it going away has put a run on the flag. Is the removing of the flag kind of the same as filtering history? Only bringing up the good. Because not all of history was pretty nor will all the future be rosy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Last night my daughter had another softball game, and before the game my son and I were playing catch with a Frisbee that we found there at Logan. We used it for about 15 minutes then tossed it back, in the field where we found it. Before we left he said we should grab it, I said no, but then did grab it, cause it was there. I brought it to my car with me and one of the Dads said to me at least you got a Frisbee. That got me thinking; I should have stuck with my original no and left it. I thought about that Frisbee all night and on my way into work this morning I swung back by Logan High School and tossed the Frisbee over close to where it was when my son and I found it. My question to you is would you have kept that toy, why or why not? Also should I have let my conscience get the better of me?
Monday, June 22, 2015
Here is a very flawed statement - winning isn’t everything it is the only thing. My daughter’s softball team had a B softball tournament over the weekend. Her team isn’t horrible, there are moments of brilliance followed by moments of collapse. This weekend no difference. I don’t get why an A team would want to play in a B tournament. Our first game was a 28 to 3 blowout, it was hard to watch and made me angry that it was allowed to go on. First of all how can a game that lopsided be good for anyone, from the morale and the confidence of the girls who lost to the feelings that they are superior from the team that won, I am sure that they have had some losses as well? If you are an A team and you decide to play in a B tournament, than maybe you should play up into the next age group or not play in the tournament, because no one gets anything out of such a blow out of a game. No one.
Friday, June 19, 2015
I rode my motorcycle to work on Father’s day 1995 I remember that day because a bird used me as target practice, a direct facial hit. That Father’s Day was the last time I didn’t celebrate Father’s Day as a Dad. Ya see my oldest son Hayden was born two days later, a month before his due date. This weekend we will both be celebrating, me as a father, Hayden will be celebrating his golden birthday, 20 on the 20th. It is amazing to see the growth of your kids, I am so proud of the man he has become, from his getting up to be at work by 6 every morning, to his sales internship to going to school full-time and maintaining good grades. These first 20 years have been amazing, I wonder what the next 20 years will bring? Hayden, happy golden birthday, I love you. And for the Dads out there, enjoy your weekend, and have a great Father’s Day.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
I woke up this morning listening to the news about a hate crime with 9 dead in South Carolina, we hear about crime almost every time we turn on the radio, the tv or open the newspaper. I hosted the La Crosse Areas Crimestoppers public forum last night and was pleasantly surprised to hear that the 9 groups represented on the panel all work well together. I was happy to hear that there is plenty of collaboration between many of the communities and their local police departments. I heard that many of the police departments are pushing their police officers to get out and meet the people of their communities, to work with the different neighborhood organizations. I was also happy to hear about ongoing training in the different departments. Onalaska Chief Trotnic said the city has the broken window approach, that if a broken window remains broken, there soon are many broken windows and pretty soon something nice is no longer nice, but if the window gets replaced quickly, it doesn’t have a negative impact. We all need to work together to make our communities stronger.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
DO you have problems with keeping your focus later in the day? I sometimes do, ok most the time I do. I read an article that say we gotta quit multi-tasking, we need to focus on doing one thing and doing it well, we have trained ourselves to be unfocused by allowing ourselves to be distracted. One of the other things that the article said was to write down a list of things that you hope to accomplish the next day and also a list of what you accomplished today. And finally it suggested that you treat yourself, I think that we all too often do this, how else would you explain all the unused gotta have it things around your house that you used as your own personal rewards.