Ode to Fathers
Sunday is Father's Day and KXL wants to say THANK YOU to all the Dad's out there. Here are some memories from KXL staffers, about the dads in their lives.
Nearly any successful person can point to a single moment; a push from someone that propelled them forward. For me that person was my father. When I was but a lowly intern, trying to carve out a niche at KXL and working full time at another job, my dad asked an important question.
“Son, is radio something you’d like to do?”
“Yeah, of course.”
“Then stop whining, quit your job, and go do it.”
Don’t get me wrong, my dad is not a harsh man (he cries more easily than most men I know), but he is one of those rare individuals who can recognize when a shove is needed. Whatever success in radio I’ve attained, or will attain, it all traces back to that one encapsulating moment when a father, who would do anything to protect and provide for his children, gave me a rough shove out of the nest. The best part of all was that, however terrifying that moment was, I knew he only did it because he could see the potential that I so often denied myself.
Thanks for pushing, dad.
My dad is 89. He taught me that family, faith & working hard matter. He taught me how to throw a softball, negotiate a contract and how to speak before a group. I am writing this in the DQ parking lot where I just picked up his favorite.....a cherry milkshake. His motto is "All days are good; some days are better." I believe that.
My dad was tough but fair. He let me make and learn from my own mistakes. He was and still is always there when I need advice or help from him.
You have been my inspiration for as long as I can remember. You have seen me through the hard times with Lilli and you have seen me through the good times as the best man at my wedding. You taught me tough lessons as a young man and you may not believe it, I learned from each of them. I may have not made the life choices you would have liked me to, but you have stood behind me through it all. Thank you for all you do and have done.
Happy Fathers Day,
Let me tell you about my dad. He adopted me at the age of seven and gave me a last name people could actually spell. (My ancestors came from Greece) I wouldn’t have learned much in school if he hadn’t pushed me to study. Whenever I needed advice my dad was there with unvarnished suggestions that made sense. He could analyze a problem like no else. He died ten years ago. I wish I could just pick up the phone and call him.
My Dad was my best friend. I can remember taking countless road trips with him across California as I was growing up. When I went to college, he was always a phone call away giving me advice. He was thrilled when I got my first job in radio and would visit the radio studio and just stand their beaming while I interviewed people. He passed away from congestive heart failure in December 1996 and I still think about him all the time. Here’s to the great memories, Dad. Happy Fathers Day!
My husband’s the best dad, he’s always been there for my kids. He’s the ROCK of our family.
When I was growing up my dad told me “You can be anything you want to be, So do what you love.” But when I graduated from high school and stared out at a scary world, I thought that’s easy for you to say. When I left the service, realizing I had survived, I thought what the hell … What have I got to lose. So, I did what I wanted … got into radio and finished college and have enjoyed several decades of fun and success. I gave my kids the same message. They graduated from college and are both beginning successful and hopefully fun careers. Thanks dad! Though you’ve passed on, your message survives. I hope my kids can say the same.
Happy fathers day from everyone at KXL!