Last week, nearly nine years after I left 680 News, someone contacted me to tell me that they still missed hearing me on the air with Paul Cook. If I’m honest, I still miss hearing me on the air with Paul Cook!
We took selfies before selfies were cool! This was 2008, about a month before I left 680 News and Toronto to move here to London. It was our reaction to realizing it was Friday! Fridays are a big deal in all-news and news-talk radio. Former writer (and current Senior Manager of Content Development for Rogers Radio) Richard Bloom used to blast a clip from The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love as each of us entered the newsroom on a Friday morning. I believe it was Paul who coined the phrase “Sexy Friday” for a Friday that was also a pay-day. I brought cookies on Fridays and others brought different treats sometimes. Fridays were big deals
In February, Paul celebrated twenty years with 680 News. He’s its heart, soul and conscience. He exemplifies ethics and high standards in journalism. Working alongside him was the peak of my career. I descended that peak of my own volition, but I’m human. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what might have been had I stayed, especially when a former listener from long ago tells me he wonders about it, too.