Steve Knox: Retirement doesn't mean slowdown at WCLO

 

A few years ago I heard the announcement that Bob Dailey was retiring. As a long-time listener I was concerned. How dare he go and mess up my listening routine. Bob was a part of my radio life in Janesville since I was a kid! Bob grabbed my Band-Aid and ripped it off the dial. He left and I thought I was going to be lost. Whipper-snapper Tim Beggs stepped in and filled the morning airwaves. It wasn't but a few weeks and the WCLO team gelled.

Earlier this year, Al Fagerli announced his retirement. GASP! Not only was he a part of my morning routine but he was also the voice of so many high school games I never went to, but was a part of. It felt like Al's goodbye was much shorter than Bob's. Within a few weeks of my morning commute, he was gone. Enter Josh Golberg. Now, I've gotten to know Josh a bit over the last few years and I knew he was good at his craft but – he wasn't Al. I was excited to hear the guy I touch bases with on just about everything (thanks bud) on the play-by-play mic, but what about the morning show? Would my commute be the same???

I listened with a very keen 'listener ear' the first day. I really didn't need it. The group (Tim, Stan Stricker and Josh) gelled quickly. As a listener the show didn't miss a beat. In fact, I think it ramped up a bit. I like the banter and opinions. It's more than just news, sports and weather.

Things change. Even with the little things (radio hosts) it can sometimes throw you off. Commuters have a ton of options in southern Wisconsin – radio galore along with podcasts, audiobooks, etc., to fill the windshield time. For me, I haven't found a reason to change my routine. I jump in my car around 7:00, catch a few minutes of national news, all of the local news, enjoy the banter, sports and then end up in the Madison-area with a very fuzzy 1230AM around 8:00. Thankfully, it doesn't end there. I'm able to catch the next show via stream. My – I mean YOUR Talk Show is now available and sounds great.

Thanks to Bliss Communications for making the transition for listeners a smooth one. Bigger thanks to finding local talent to call your airwaves home.

Tim, Stan, Josh…keep up the good work.  I'll be listening.

-Commuter Steve

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