You may be wondering just what I'm up to. This was supposed to be the second week of “Best of JacoBLOG,” and it was all supposed to wrap up today with another post from 2021.
That was my plan, but then I got what could only be called “a Christmas surprise.” You know, there are the gifts you expect or hope to get. But every once in a while a gift shows up you just didn't see coming. And so, it's the perfect excuse to break format (something many of you know a lot about), and bring you something a little different to put an exclamation point on yet another challenging year.
My holiday “oh wow” came earlier this week. Bill Keith, the long-time manager of WSDP (88.1 The Park), the legendary high school radio station at Plymouth Canton Educational Park in Canton Michigan, reached out with an email that grabbed my attention.
It's a Christmas story. But in reality, it's a radio Christmas story, published last week in the Detroit Free Press. But it actually originates from the great state of Wisconsin, specifically Greg Borowski (pictured), an editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. For the past 26 years, Greg has penned a holiday story for family and friends.
I cannot speak for his past yuletide tales, but this one is very special to me – and hopefully, it will be for you. That's because while the two main characters in the story are interesting people, the star isn't a person – it's a community radio station in a town called Centerville.
As I read it, I couldn't help but think that while Borowski made his name in print, somewhere along the way, he spent some time inside a radio station, perhaps one similar to the hometown operation in the story. (He even put together a playlist embedded in the story.)
Here's the title and the description:
“Reindeer Tracks: A Story for Christmas”
“The old man who showed up at the community radio station seemed to have an answer for everyone's holiday worry. But could he help Marshall Phillips?”
Yup, Borowski had me right there.
While you're enjoying some down time this weekend before we gear up for what we all hope will be a better year, give it a read. It is truly about the spirit of Christmas.
But it's also about the spirit of radio.
You can read it here.
A happy, healthy, and safe new year to all. See you in 2022.
Special thanks to Bill & Heidi Keith who truly have that spirit.