I just wanted to take a minute and say “Happy Father’s Day.” Being a dad is by far the best job I have ever had, and I’m the guy that knew I wanted to be on the radio when I was 12.
I had no idea what I was missing when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I never even considered what it would be like to have a family. I was content in rocking the radio and being the DJ on duty.
Then I got the call from the girl I was dating and it was dad time for Domino. I went to every sonogram, every Lamaze class, I was there every step of the way. I was even in the delivery room to catch Zoe and cut her umbilical cord. I was ready to be a dad at the spry age of 46.
I still had no idea what that meant, or how I would handle it, but I knew walking out of the delivery room, that I was a changed man. My thoughts were no longer just on the radio and radio stuff, my thoughts had been invaded by my heart. I knew right then my priorities had changed forever.
I remember when Zoe was about 6 months old, she would sleep on my chest, our hearts beating together, our breathing in perfect harmony, and I would lay there and soak it all in. This is what I had been missing all my life.
I’ve been on the radio live from Russia, worked in numerous big market radio towns, I’ve met almost every celebrity you could imagine, and all that rolled together could never match the moments that I have shared with the little girl that calls me daddy.
If you’re a dad, you will relate to this. I remember the exact time and day of Zoe’s first words, the first time she walked, the first word she ever read to me and the first time she ran out of the bathroom and told me “I did it daddy, I went on the potty all by myself.” There is just nothing else like it in the world and watching her grow up and turn into a lovely young girl (she hits double digits this year) has been by far the most exciting thing I’ve ever been a part of.
Don’t get me wrong, my radio job is GREAT! It’s unbelievable to be a part of so many peoples lives every day, and put smiles on their faces, and maybe play the exact song they need at the exact time. For a long time, I thought that was my calling. That was, until Zoe.
I know now, that being a dad is my calling. Maybe it’s the age I was when she was born, the fact that I’d already done a lot of things for myself in my life, but being a dad is what makes me happy, what makes me whole, what keeps my feet in the ground.
To every dad that reads these words and knows what the real score is, I say Happy Father’s Day. I’m happy to be in the club, to know that incredible love bond, and most of all to share these wonderful times with you on the radio every day. Here’s three generations of my family.