As another week of my absence from the air comes to an end, I thought I'd answer some of the questions that are arising from tweets and texts and emails and the like. When this little drama arose last week, I envisioned saying virtually nothing about it. These can be sensitive matters, and sometimes it's best to just let things ride.
This is not one of those times.
I will continue to be quite silent on the details of the business matters that resulted in the removal of my show from WBAP, but so many people have so many questions and such kind concerns that I will occasionally address them so that listeners are not left in the dark. In fact, I envision a Monday post that will answer some of the nuts and bolts questions as much as I can, keeping in mind that I am observing the decorum that properly arises in such a sensitive time. But in the meantime, I wanted to end the week with a message meant to do only two things: inform everyone that my family and I are doing just fine, and to express once again the depth of my gratitude for so many gracious and prayerful sentiments sent in our direction.
I spoke Tuesday to the Tarrant Star Republican women in North Richland Hills. What a joy it was to share with them some pent-up thoughts I would have been addressing on the show. Their kindness and good wishes put a smile on me that lasted all day.
The following day featured an event I had placed on the calendar a good while back. My friends at the Institute for Policy Innovation, for whom I have MC’d many events, hatched the idea of a lunch where I would actually be the featured speaker, tackling some issues in detail, taking questions, the whole enchilada. Then, boom, the show I would have used to promote the event gets yanked. I called IPI President Tom Giovanetti to express my regrets at losing the main promotional vehicle for the lunch. But then it occurred to us: why not turn this into a plus for the event? Something along the lines of “if you want to hear Mark Davis, here’s the only place you can.”
It worked. The lunch was a success, and for me, a total joy. IPI’s Resident Scholar, my good friend Buddy Matthews, introduced me and hosted question time, and as Lisa and I left we just looked at each other and thanked God for the blessings of such good friends and such good fortune.
And by that I mean loyal listeners who showed up, the folks at IPI who have been such good friends, and an overall vibe that made me cherish even more the blessing of 18 years of being a part of this community.
The rest of the week has featured continued contact from friends and listeners who are sharing their prayers for us and their frustration with the situation. Some of those frustrations have taken the shape of some activism directed at the company that now owns WBAP.
A couple of things about those gestures. I have neither prodded nor restrained them. People may do whatever they wish, call whomever they wish, react however they wish. I have merely watched it unfold, humbled by the kindness of so many. I have no concept as to its effect, because there is no communication between the company and me of any kind right now at any official level. Do not conclude anything from this, because I don’t. I’m not a mind reader. They may call me at some point, they may not. If they do, I will be pleased to speak to anyone. If not, I have a number of options that I am examining as I write this.
I know how vague that is, and that’s how it has to be at the moment, as I’m sure all will understand. At some point there will be news to report of some type, indicating some direction in which I will travel. I will be here the moment there is something concrete.
Meanwhile, with your permission, I will blurt out various things that occur to me, as I have always done, except for the moment it is outside the usual structure of a radio show.
Is it weird? Of course it is. Both of the last two Fridays, I have heard James Brown singing “I Feel Good” in my head at 8:33 am. But overall, do you know what this has been? An absolute delight. I take Ethan to school every morning, Lisa and I are loading up the back yard with new plants, I’m watching issues and posting things whenever I darn well please, and I am bathed in the good wishes of more good people than I can count.
And it is far more goodwill than I deserve. I know it is easy in times of oddity to fall back on the familiar concepts of God being in control, and whatever happens, it is His will. But I actually happen to believe those things, and they have kicked in strongly. Lisa’s parents are in town for the weekend, we will walk in the Komen event tomorrow in appreciation for my sister-in-law Carmen Hawker, a proud survivor. I will be on WFAA Channel 8 Sunday Morning at 9 for Inside Texas Politics, discussing the Friday night debate between candidates in the Republican primary to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison.
The running joke is, I need to get a talk show soon-- I need the rest. Life is busy, life is good, we are happy and confident, and blessed to hear from so many good people. I am getting an opportunity here to pause, hit a reset button and examine life in a number of meaningful ways. I am grateful to a loving God and to so many of you for your prayers and kindnesses.
I’ll tweet during the Friday night debate and, as I have shown, whenever the urge strikes. Meanwhile, have a fantastic weekend. Hug your kids. Call your parents. Give the dog an extra treat. We are all so blessed, and we are called also to be a blessing to others. So let’s do it.
Back with far drier topical material soon. Go Rangers and Go Mavs!