Flying out today for Dallas and Ft. Worth where we will spend a couple of days with friends, visit with even more friends on Friday, then drive to Kilgore, Texas early on Saturday where I will be inducted into the TEXAS RADIO HALL OF FAME for work I did FORTY YEARS AGO @ KZEW – THE ZOO – in Dallas.
I will also be receiving the SAMMY AWARD for Outstanding Women in Texas Radio Broadcasting, which is a huge thrill for me. Mary “Sam” Stoddard was the first woman DJ in Texas and a broadcasting pioneer and legend. She is the woman after whom this award is named.
On Sunday, we are joining with family for a Seay clan gathering at my cousin’s house in Plano, where there will be lots of babies to squeeze. Then, visiting with some more friends in Dallas, and then flying back to Oregon on Monday.
This induction is one of the great honors of my life and I am so humbled and grateful that words fail me….nahhhh…words never fail me – YOU KNOW THAT. My eternal gratitude goes to Ira “Eye” Lipson (our ZOOKEEPER) and Bill Harrison for nominating and campaigning for me. These two fellas really know how to make blackmail work for them, I gotta say. In truth, my time in rock ‘n roll radio with those people at that moment in my young adulthood colored everything in my life. It was an extraordinary place full of outrageously fun and creative and brilliant people and I am so thankful for that experience. I left it, eventually, but it never left me, not really, and I have life-long friendships to prove it. Can’t wait to see everyone.
I will have a lot of necks to hug. I promised Josh Holstead, the TRHOF HONCHO (and one of our beloved Joe Holstead’s red-headed young’uns,) that I am honing my acceptance speech down to 2 minutes from 45 minutes, but that I would read the other 43 minutes of my speech to him over the phone. He gave me his number, but it doesn’t seem to work…
Anyway, as I do each time, I need to say, THANK YOU, TULSA, OKLAHOMA! Your support for the launch of my new book, ALMOST A MURDER, was outstanding and so very much appreciated. I will be back to rolf some more in Tulsa 12/7-12/11/18. To get on the schedule, call Stephen @ (918) 605-6508, Hope to see you. Have a glorious Thanksgiving. Be thankful for each other and hold hands. JS