It’s interesting how things work out sometimes. The recurring question I get involves when I will return to a regularly scheduled radio show, and the answer depends largely on where that occurs. Please take me literally when I say no door is closed and anything is possible.
That answer may take a while to simmer, but in the meantime, I have some firm radio news to report: On Thursday and Friday the 19th and 20th, I will walk into a studio and do a radio talk show-- the Rush Limbaugh show.
I have filled in for Rush for a little over three years, and he and his people have always been unfailingly kind and gracious to me. The opportunity to fill in under the current circumstances is even more meaningful and appreciated. Rush and the people around him are cut from the finest cloth, and their personal and professional support is more than uplifting.
If you have already gotten ahead of me, yes, this does create an interesting few hours of radio this week, as I will once again be heard on the station where I was the lead-in for Rush for 18 years, up until March 31. While I am spreading some gratitude, let me include WBAP’s local management, which offered to welcome me back into the building for the hours of those two Limbaugh shows.
On every past Rush sub occasion, I would simply finish my own show, hit a few buttons and hear his folks-- Bo, H.R., whoever was handling things that day-- through my headphones. The non-radio fill-in guys like Mark Steyn and Walter Williams fly into New York and host from the EIB Northern Command.
So since I am unobligated in the preceding hours each day, I’m going to fly up and do the show from there for the first time. Seems like the best idea for all involved. And rest assured, through the magic of twitpic and the like, I’m taking you with me. Looks like partly cloudy, 70-ish both days, should be sweet.
And obviously it will be wonderful to do a show. It’s what I do. I love the Dallas Morning News column and my TV gigs and the blogging world, but radio is my life, and I am grateful to ply my craft for these two days on the way down whatever path God is clearing for me.
Needless to say, at no time will I use the enormous reach of the golden EIB microphone to make any reference to my evolving professional situation. And do me a favor-- if you get into the show that day, don’t you do it either. Just say “Hi, Mark.” I will be thrilled to hear those words over a phone line on a radio show, if only for those two days... for now.
So thanks to Rush and the people in his world, and thanks to all of you for your continued interest, prayers and good wishes.
See you in a few days.