In August, I will have been in radio for a half a decade now going back to 2012. I hosted my own show "The Hoppe Show" on WHCM 88.3 F.M at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Now granted the show was a complete abomination. My stutter was through the roof, and I was trying way too hard to be the loud-mouth shock jock. But it gave me confidence that I wanted to go into radio.
I then was released from the station in February 2013 because they wanted me to talk at 7 seconds a break. For people that are not in radio, a "break" is the 7 seconds radio DJ's get on music radio in between songs. That's just not me. Have you met me? I'm an awkward guy who babbles and always has an opinion on something. I was meant to be in talk radio (in some capacity.)
I then was picked up in June 2013 by Northwestern University to host my own overnight weekend show on WNUR 89.3 in the third biggest city. That led me to going to a radio trade school, and then working for the Cleveland based "Rover's Morning Glory." Up to that point, you could say that my confidence was way too high. I was "feeling myself" too much. But getting "catfished" and exploited by a Cleveland shock jock was truly humbling, because it taught me that you always have to watch your back in life.
I don't want this blog to come off as if I'm getting sore patting myself on the back, because that is not the point. Working at 102.5 the Bone in Tampa Bay has been the best two years of my life so far. I've had experiences that I will never forget, I have mentors that are taking me under their wing (even though I mess up at times), and I have met the love of my life. But I can't put my finger on the feelings I have been having lately. I have everything I have aspired for, why do I have an empty feeling?
Every-time I record my podcast "Hoppe Hour", it is one of the most freeing things I can do. I love giving my take on the news, and the potential listener-ship a podcast brings since it's world wide. I will start to record on a more regular basis, to get momentum going again. I've been drained lately from my work schedule, but I wouldn't change anything for the world.
Download the Hoppe Radio app and check out all 170 interviews I have done in the last two years. You also can check out my rants if you want. I am always going to grind in the radio business, and I plan on giving it my all for the rest of my life. My ultimate goal is to someday have a radio show on terrestrial radio (that isn't college radio based.) Until then, check out my podcast below and give me your honest opinion!
Http://www.tinyurl.com/hoppeiphone (IPHONE APP)
Http://www.tinyurl.com/hoppeandroid (ANDROID APP)