I am often told stories about my childhood. Many of which I do not believe for a minute. But some stories I actually believe. I am told that a record player was my first and favorite toy.
For our younger readers, a record player is something used back in the 'good old days' to play REAL MUSIC!!!!
I am also told that I used and destroyed 2 or 3 record players in my childhood. What I was using them for other than playing records that would cause them to be destroyed....well, you'll just have to coax that story out of me. As another story goes, I would start up the turntable just to watch the record label spin around. Simple, glorious times.
I am also told that I would insist my family be absolutely quiet while watching television. I made the demand so I could record the audio of my favorite TV show on a cassette machine and listen to them over and over again without any distracting family conversation in the background. My first radio production job.
Some years passed.
High school was when I discovered the joys of SCHOOL PLAYS and performing before a live audience. It was then that I realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. But I also knew I was too chicken to go through my adult years without a steady paycheck. So I went to college.
The State University of New York at Geneseo. My alma mater. And home to WGSU 89.3 FM. My first radio job. Well, not really a job. It was more a place to goof around on the air and learn first hand just how to be a radio personality.
Radio...yes. Personality...not even close.
But I decided to stick with it. Partly because I knew I couldn't work in a career that involved math or science or anything I'd have to get dressed up for. But mostly because I developed a true love for the medium of radio. A love I still have and always will.
After close to 20 years of professional broadcasting, I think I'm getting the hang of it. Now I get to make commercials all day and play on the radio for an hour every weeknight. And unlike my time on the high school stage...it truly is for the best that no one can see me. I fall down a lot during the commercials. No wait...that WOULD be funny to see. Maybe you can just imagine what it would look like and enjoy a little theatre in your mind. Just make sure you keep your ticket stub with you in case you go out of your head.
The line above is a horrible joke. And not all that funny. But keep listening. Every now and again...he get's in a good one.
Humans are social creatures. Dogs are social creatures. But dogs can't tweet. Or Facebook.
But there's a new app, set to launch tomorrow, that will help you AND your dog socialize. And it was created here in Rochester.
Check the press release and link below.
ROCHESTER, Sept. 19, 2013 - Dogways announces its iPhone and Android compatible app that connects users in real-time with the introduction of a live map and check-in feature for their dog. The release on September 21, 2013 will mark 21 weeks to the day since the launch of the Dogways.com website.
Key app features:
• Walk Now™ - Up for a walk? Press Walk and find others nearby who are ready to walk now.
• Locate – Never go to an empty park again. Check-in and find out who is where before you go.
• Social Search – Find play dates, local events or even a sitter your friends use.
The live map, soon to be included on their website, uses color-coded pins to show which dogs are where within a 25 mile radius. Activating Walk Now™ broadcasts a message to other dog owners in the area that they are ready to walk and meet. Owners are able to send messages, chat and connect instantly to walk together.
Checking-in to any location puts their dog on the map showing the community a live look at what parks and areas are popular at that moment. “The days of driving to a park and having it be empty are over, “ said Dogways founder Andy Simon.
The Social Search makes it easy to find dog friends and play dates. “Socialization is key in the dog community,“ Simon said. Owners are always looking for things to do and places to go with their dog. Getting alerts and being able to search for other dogs in real time breaks down the barriers to connecting and offers socialization options never before possible.
Founded in Rochester, New York, Dogways is a social network for dog owners and dog professionals, connecting the local community in one space. It offers unique search features that allow a user to search not only for play dates and friends, but also for services such as a groomer or sitter, then filtering those results to just who their friends use. With the release of their app, Dogways is adding to their tools for connecting dog lovers online and in real life.
The app will be launched on September 21, 2013 at Barktoberfest - Lollypop Farms’ premier event for pet lovers.