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Thursday, July 30, 2015

You are only as strong as the other people around you...



If you're reading this blog, realize we're going on a trip...


Welcome to my home state of Texas... and one our country's most major metropolitan areas... the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth TSA... or the "Metroplex..."


We call it the DFW. Or the DF DUB.





Sorry, Billy...


Anyway, I was on the phone tonight with Priscilla in Dallas, who gets it. She's my boss in Dallas when my boss in Dallas isn't around. With respect to Billy, who is the boss when the boss isn't around, but Priscilla is the "executive producer" of the station I'm on in Dallas. She's the one who gets stuff done. Who anticipates problems, finds solutions, thinks of the worst-case scenario and makes the best case happen. She just gets it. Its why she's there.


For a while, a few years back, she wasn't. Things weren't the same. The "product" suffered. Thank GOD she came back.... by the grace of that same God and some targeted bitching from around the company...


... it proved a point.





This station has been #1 persons SIX PLUS in the face of some incredible odds.


Incredible odds... like the passing of a beloved Morning Host in Kidd Kraddick two years ago this week.


People lined up to write KISS off.

Some wanted to talk about a "succession plan..."

Kidd was gone but he hadn't been gone too long when others were planning on what to do next.


At KISS, Patrick, the PD, trusted his heart, his intuition... and trusted his team. He listened to the advice of the people around him... because, we're only as good as the advice and people around us...


... and here we are, two years later... KISS is still #1. 6+. In ALL major demos. In the face of insurmountable odds.... NUMBER ONE.


Others wonder how this happens. Others still can't understand it or figure it out.


But... it's not that complicated.


You're only as good as the people around you... and at KISS, the people around every daypart, in support roles and in the leadership roles, including the great Kelly Kibler, Brad Hardin and Hartley Adkins... know that your only as good as the people who make the magic called radio every day happen...


In the face of unbelievable odds... with heavy hearts and with the future very much in doubt, KISS - and it's coach Patrick Davis looked up... because that's where it all is... and together, strengthened by the people around them... they moved forward. They strengthened that lead in the ratings and took it to even greater heights...


... because that's what you do when you realize you're only as strong as those around you.


You move forward... through the pain of loss... through the confusion of an untimely passing... and you keep winning.


And, as Kidd would say... you keep looking up. 'Cuz that's where it all is.


Trust the team. You can't do it alone. None of us can. Be stronger because those around you are stronger than you are - are more gifted than you might be, although you are gifted in ways they can't imagine. That humility is what conjoins with the variables around you... which ultimately makes dreams come true.


From DC, Goodnight...


-tk.