• PLAY-BY-PLAY AN EXPERIENCE — I’m a writer, not generally a talker — at least in a public setting (those who play golf with me, however, say they would like to muzzle me sometimes).
On Monday I had the opportunity to be the play-by-play voice for the Bullpups for only the second time ever. Our regular Voice of the Bullpups, Matt Cole, had a previous commitment, so I was thrust into the lead chair.
Unfortunately I had no color analyst at my side, so it was up to me to carry the broadcast from beginning to end. And to take notes for my game story for the website.
I can tell you I was beyond nervous. I had our station manager Joe Johnston set up the equipment because me and anything remotely technical don’t mix. Remember, I went a long time without a cell phone and I don’t do Twitter or some of those other types of social media. I do know how to boil water though.
Fortunately for me I had two terrific games to call and both went quickly. In fact the baseball doubleheader pitting McPherson High against Andale-Garden Plain moved along at warp speed. By the time the two one-run games were over — 2-1 and 3-2 in favor of the Bullpups in a matchup of Top 3 teams in Class 4A Division I — the sun was still out. Most of the baseball games I have covered this year have been 5 hours, one even going nearly 6.
Kudos to both teams for excellent pitching and defense. While most folks like games where runs are plentiful, give me an old-fashioned pitching duel any day.
I’ll be back to my analyst role now and leave the play-by-play call for the experts. At least I don’t think I embarrassed myself. Nobody called the station and called for my ouster.
• WEBSITE NUMBERS AWESOME — Every Monday we receive a printout of our readership numbers at Midkansasonline.com.
All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.
When I made the transition from The Sentinel to the radio station in 2012, I wasn’t sure if my loyal following of 33 years would come along. I wasn’t sure if people would take the time to go to their computers and check it out.
Needless to say the loyalty shown to me is overwhelming. I have received numerous emails and texts, not to mention countless comments about how much the site is a part of their everyday routine.
Of course we have more than just sports on the website, but that area — along with my five-time-a-week Sell on Sports column — is what I go to first when viewing the numbers.
We have been averaging about 20,000 hits a week (more than 75,000 a month), though that number will drop some once school is out, it’s just fact. But once the middle of August rolls around, it picks back up in a hurry.
The beauty of online is that I can post things quickly and not have to design pages like my newspaper days. It has allowed me more time to write deeper stories and many more columns. I feel like even though I’ve been in the business for 41 years, my creativity has never been higher.
Again thanks to the readers. Bookmark our website and visit it several times a day. There’s something new every hour and we hope we make it enjoyable.