About 20 years ago I did a radio show on WDFN with Red Wings and University of Michigan fanatic Art Regner called The Sports Doctors.
We began doing the show on Saturday afternoons, were moved to week nights and finally middays. I loved doing the show with Art and even popped in the studio with him when he did his marathon shows following Red Wings Stanley Cup championship wins.
We were friends. He became Godfather to my daughter Celine and named her Baby Arthurina. He stood up in my wedding.
Then things changed. We stopped talking and when I ran into him at Red Wings games our talks were short and strained. He was angry with me over something. He never said it but I just knew something was wrong. I felt I did something wrong but I did not investigate. I did not fret over it until now.
One of my flaws is if I feel somebody does not want to be my friend I do not fight for friendships. I let time drift and I allow us to drift apart.
I did a Google search on my name and may have discovered the problem. I read a blog that said I politicked to remove Art from his afternoon drive show at 97.1 FM so Mike Valenti and I could take over. That’s eventually what happened, but there was no politicking, side deals or back stabbing.
The story was 100 percent false.
Mike and I were doing middays at The Ticket and management approached us and said they were considering moving us to PM Drive because our show was gaining popularity. Were we in favor of a move?
We both said yes. Was I suppose to say no?
Let me explain something about radio. If you are in the business the most lucrative and desirable spots are from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Morning drive and afternoon drive (6 am to 10 am) and (3 pm-6) are the prime spots during the day.
I told the station I’d rather do morning drive because it made it easier for my job with The Detroit News and I wanted to do afternoon things with my kids like homework after school and playing catch and soccer in the backyard. But they told us that we were not a morning friendly show. We were better suited for the afternoon.
But this cold war with Art had to be more than taking over his drive time slot. The blog I read said I’d been strategizing to snag his job for years. For the life of me I could not figure out what nefarious thing I did.
Now I have figured it out.
During an evaluation meeting I was asked “Where do I see myself in five years.?”
I said I wanted to be part of a drive time show. I’d been in the business for a while and worked weekends and week nights. I wanted a shot at a prime time spot. It did not mean I demanded they make changes right away. This is what I wanted to do. I felt that I deserved it and was ready. I never had another meeting about doing drive time until the station approached us about it.
I had similar meetings when I worked at The News and Free Press. The same question was asked and I said I wanted to be a columnist.
In any walks of life I always believed you should want to be the best you that you can be. And instead of lurking in the shadows you should want to be front and center. I don’t know if that led to the cold war with Art, but I want to end it.
I no longer have his number, but reached out on a private message on Twitter to call me. I hope he does. I want him to know the truth.
I want him to meet his God daughter, Baby Arthurina, who also goes by the name of Celine. She is now 21 years old and a senior at Stanford. She already has her first real job lined up for 2021 and will work in Chicago.
Art reached out to me a few weeks ago because I said I wanted to do one last Detroit Lions post game show with him. He said he’d do it. I would too even if it was on some remote radio station in the UP.
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