Most of us have been asked if we’ve “Got Milk?”. Some of us have been asked if we’ve “Got Game?”. For the past few years I’ve often been asked if I’ve “Got Blog?” by people who have often heard me say, “I may not always be right but I seldom lack for an opinion”. My answer to “Got Blog?” was usually, “hopefully some day”. Well, that day has finally come. And now that I’ve Got Blog I hope I don’t turn out to be like to proverbial dog who chased the car and then wondered what to do once he caught it.
The nature of my work for four decades required that I very carefully monitor, check and limit my public opinions, my points of view, and the public statements I wanted to make about a myriad of community issues. The political reality of working in the nonprofit sector meant that I was understandably severely limited about what I could say, how I could comment or ways in which I could advocate for issues, policies and the performance of the programs and organizations that are, or should be, the engines of progress in the nonprofit, government and business sectors of our community.
I welcome the chance to speak more freely now that I am retired. I look forward to expressing myself in this blog, through opinion pieces in print and electronic media, and through my community affairs show, The Phoenix File, which is broadcast on Radio Phoenix, one of the largest internet-based community radio stations in the country based in Phoenix and heard throughout the world.
This blog and my radio show are both called The Phoenix File and while some of the content of each may be shared with the other they will undoubtedly contain their own unique information.
The blog will be published periodically while the radio show will be broadcast Tuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning October 25. I invite my readers and listeners to offer their suggestions for topics and provide candid feedback on the content, subjects and positions expressed in both channels. Both will share the same mission: to create a forum for commentaries and conversations about the people and programs which positively impact the quality of life in the Valley of the Sun.
I look forward to making The Phoenix File as interactive as possible. After all, I may have some things to say but so might you. I hope this forum will provide you an opportunity to give voice to what is on your mind or in your heart when it comes to our community. Comments are invited – feedback is encouraged – and your opinions are welcome because the are just as important to be heard in the online public square as mine.
Please share this blog with others and encourage them to subscribe, follow and join in. I’m thrilled to finally be able to answer the question “Got Blog?” by saying – I do now and it’s right here on The Phoenix File.