YOU WONDER SOMETIMES...
WHEN YOU HAVE A "PUBLIC" JOB...
... as in an on-air media position - you wonder sometimes about a few, consistent things.
The profession can be amazingly positive and ego-boosting - "You're great!" "Oh, I listen every day!" "I love what you do for our veterans." "You're funny." - etc.
The business can also play (and prey) on your insecurities.
"Are people listening?" "Did I make sense?" "Am I doing the story justice?" "Did I get it right?" "Will anyone care?" [For the record, TV folks have it much worse, for obvious reasons.]
I'd be lying to you - and myself - if I didn't admit that I wonder at times (sometimes even a few times a week since starting The American Veteran Show) if people are listening. I've even found myself getting critical at times - for no good reason - wondering: "If they are listening, are they truly understanding why it's important to do this program?" I'm able to quickly snap out of my stupidity and self-questioning and move on to the next great show topic or interview. Now, it's likely you have listened at least once or you wouldn't be reading this and for that, I am more than appreciative.
The stories we have captured and presented on the program to date have been terrific, and I vow that high-bar will continue to push me and our team in the content we produce on a weekly basis.
Even in just the first few months of our interviews, there have been simply incredible individuals who have taken the time be on the program. I will always remember - and I've interviewed thousands and thousands of folks over 26+ years of news - 93-year old Dr. Jacob Eisenbach. I mean, how can you ever forget the eloquent, heart-wrenching words of a holocaust survivor? If you haven't heard him, click here NOW: AVS SHOW 9, segments 2 & 3.
The American Veteran Show is produced for the men and women of every generation who have taken the oath to protect and defend our Constitution, wear the uniform, and believe in our nation. The show is produced for people like Dr. Eisenbach to tell their stories in an extended format we can provide. The show is produced for our active-duty military. The show is produced for the military families few people talk or even think about. The show is produced for YOU.
I think as we head toward an even bigger platform for the program in the months ahead, I'll work on getting over my insecurities of wondering who is actually listening. The truth is, if a particular guest, segment or show can inspire, inject some thought or even make someone that much more appreciative of our military - I think we've done our job for that week.