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It's a Small World After All ...

After getting the chance to spend some time with the recently returned from vacation Dave Kallaway and Stacy Cole... I realized just how small this world really is.  Let me explain,,, there are roughly 200 television markets in this country (ours is Wausau/Rhinelander) and there are roughly 300 radio markets (Wausau-Stevens Poin) in this country as well.  

Let me explain, the broadcasting industry (while nationwide) is relatively small. There are roughly 600 tv stations in this country that do some form of local news, weather and sports. Unlike many other jobs that exist in all cities and towns across the country, our business is not like that. That is why you will see familiar faces from Wausau working in places in Green Bay and Madison, those are tv markets that border us on the east  and south respectively.

I have been living in Wausau for a majority of the past dozen years, and have worked with a lot of people in the business (both tv and radio) during this time.  Normally, it is a matter of watching these people come in, work alongside me in the business and then life goes on from there.

However, with Dave Kallaway and Stacy Cole, it's actually kind of weird how our paths "crossed" before I ever got to Wisconsin.. and it all happened in the great state of South Dakota.

Let's start with the Cole girl... not sure exactly what day it was, but we had started talking about our "roots" and where we grew up as kids. Turns out, we're both from the same small town (city?) in South Dakota - Aberdeen.  Even more "fun", is that we had pretty much the same hangouts as kids... Wylie Lake and Twist Cone. Now, while they may be about the only hangouts in Aberdeen, we can easily both reminisce about those places and how they have changed over the year.  In addition, she used to go bike riding in the neighborhood where I grew up... I apologize Stacy for throwing a water balloon or two at you. ( I am guessing I did, since I was kind of a renegade kid growing up). Want a piece of random, useless trivia? The Super 8 motel chain originated in Aberdeen, South Dakota!

Dave Kallaway, DK as I call him, was out in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota working while I was going to college out there. Yes, there is a college in Rapid City, a really good engineering one too named South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Yes, it's a long name, for the South Dakota Tech Hardrockers as we are known! (our mascot is Grubby the Miner, don't ask, LOL)

Anywho, he was out there working in radio (tv without pictures, LOL) while I was going to college at Tech. It's funny to hear stories of what we thought of that city while we were out there then, and the different types of crazy weather they had out there. In addition, it was good to hear about Canyon Lake and how much it has changed since I have last seen it.  Rapid City is a beautiful area and definitely worth the visit sometime. Another random piece of useless trivia about when Dave and I were in RC... former Wausau Sports Anchor Ted Stefaniak was the weekend sports guy out there at that very same time too!

So, while this business is very small, it is actually kind of big when I think about the grander scheme of things.  Being able to work with people that I know from tv, radio, or even before my broadcasting days.. sure makes my job a lot of fun.

Anyone else work in or have similar situations?

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