Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bob Grayson

Almost ten years ago, March 1996, in the lobby of a hotel in Nashville, Bob Grayson* approached me with a proposal. He asked me to be the image voice for his radio station in Springfield, Illinois. I was floored... such a change of career direction wasn't something I had considered until that very moment.

I had no idea how his proposal would change my life. A decade later I've done very well in this business, signing onto more than 140 stations. Along the way, I've been careful to give Bob the credit for all of it.

Bob died last week. He was 60. I got the word from my friend Kim via email, and I was not surprised to hear the news. Three years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. Clearly he made the most of the time he had left with his lovely wife Karen, and was blessed with very innovative new treatments which extended his life dramatically.

His life and legacy have been on my mind a lot this week. I am a product of his wisdom and I owe my career to him. Atop my list of blessings will always be the name Bob Grayson.

Godspeed, sir.

*Bob Grayson was his professional name, his real name was Phillip Lee McGhghy.


Spinning Girl said...

It's beautiful that a life touched another life so meaningfully, and that you never forgot it. Thank you for this post!

Lee Ann said...

I can see that he was a very special person to you. It is so sad to lose someone in your life. You know I have always told you that I am a sucker for your voice. He made the right choice. So nice of you to pay tribute to him.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

What a fine remembrance.

Weary Hag said...

I'm so sorry to learn that you lost a friend and career-motivator. That's always so devastating - even if in quiet ways.

Nice tribute, Dave.