Blank Hometown View (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

 

Today is the day that I knew would come as it was just a matter of time.  When you’ve done something like this for as long as I have then sooner or later it was bound to happen.

The Hometown View has been a regular segment since 1997 although I’m not really sure when exactly is started.  For many years I had co-hosted the morning show on 92.7 WOBM and after coming off the air I was working on other projects for our company when our General Manager at that time approached me with the idea of doing a daily feature.

I won’t bore you with the reasoning behind it but I was told that the concept was for me to talk about anything and everything with a focus on trying to keep it local.  The one demand I made (probably not really a demand but I wanted to sound tough) was that the subject matter was always left up to me with no interference and it’s been that way for 22 years or so.

So over this time I’ve probably done about 5,000 Hometown Views give or take a few hundred.  Somewhat tragically I don’t have the first as I did not save them over the years which I deeply regret.

I’ve been approached a few times about putting together a book with my favorites but that’s impossible because I really on started saving them in 2017 for whatever reason.

I’ve used my 2-2 ½ minutes each weekday morning to express opinions on everything from sports to politics, to promote positive things in our communities, to criticize when I felt it was warranted, to praise those who go above and beyond.

I’ve probably tested your emotions a few times and had you shed a tear or two when paying tribute to someone who has left us and I hope I’ve brought a smile to your face as well or even on occasion made you laugh on your way to work.

I’m being totally honest when I say there are mornings in which I’m staring at the computer screen wondering what to write and talk about while looking at the clock and feeling this tremendous pressure.

I knew there would be one day when my fingers would rest on the keyboard with no activity and today is that day.  I simply have no words of wisdom so in true Seinfeld fashion I have just given you a segment about nothing.

I promise I’ll try and do better tomorrow.