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Rev. Sean’s Notebook: On Turning and Facing The Strange.

Photo: KTSA/Sean Rima

“A person needs new experiences. It jars something deep inside, allowing them to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”

Frank Herbert, “Dune”.

 

Wow. Where do I begin?

As you have heard, we are making big changes here at KTSA. Beginning June 17th, I will be joining my good brother, Trey Ware, on the air each morning from 7 to 9 am, then flying solo from 9 am to 11. My other good brother, Jack Riccardi, will be taking over the 4 pm to 7 slot, following our cool new show, Markley and van Camp. That would be the nuts and bolts of this new chapter in the longĀ  and storied history of KTSA.

First and foremost, I need you to understand that I fully embrace this change.

Honestly, Trey and I have been discussing hooking up as partners for quite a few years now, and this change affords us that opportunity. Our friendship is no secret. I consider Trey Ware my spirit brother. In our own separate ways, we have always been there for one another in not only the tough times, but the toughest of times. I trust Trey absolutely, and his friendship is one of the great joys of my life. That is why I asked him to officiate at my wedding several years back, and was honored when he agreed.

Beyond this, I admire and respect Trey as a broadcaster, and am most thankful to be invited to write my own chapter of the Ware Legacy in San Antonio. The folks who have sat next to this man in the studio are some of the finest, most talented people in the business, and I pray that I will measure up to their long, long shadows…

As for the time change itself, I am thankful for that, as well.

For personal and health reasons, it is time for me to start keeping a more ‘normal’ schedule. This change will afford me the ability to take better care of myself, and spend more time with my family. Also, my 86-year-old mom has just moved to Texas, and the new hours will also allow me to help her get her new life in order. I am also looking forward to spending more time writing and blogging and being artsy-fartsy.

I do not have the words to describe how proud I am of the “Sean Rima Show,” as it has evolved on KTSA over the past 8 years. It truly is the strangest, funniest show I have managed to slide over the airwaves in almost 30 years in radio, and that is thanks predominately to ‘my guys,’ as I call them–Chris Glasgow, Kareem, and Don Morgan. We rolled fast and weird for three hours a night, never quite knowing what was going to happen. The biggest compliment to me has always been when a listener calls up and says they had to pull off the road because they were laughing too hard.

Honestly, though, a wild show like this one has a shelf life, and I am thankful to be able to walk away from the gig while it was still fresh and funny and strange.

I am also grateful that the reins of the show are being handed to my brother and colleague, Jack Riccardi, whom I consider to be one of the finest broadcasters in the industry. He’ll take good care of you on the ride home, I promise you that. Jack has gotten me laughing so hard, I’ve had to pull off the road driving into work.

Finally, I embrace the change because, well…it is a change.

As Duke Atreides points out in Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” without change, something inside us goes to sleep. I have always embraced the changes in my life, because it was in the changing and flipping and twisting of things that I have grown as a person, as a broadcaster, and as a poet.

So, no worries, my friends. These changes are good, all the way around.

As the great philosopher Bowie once said, “turn and face the strange…”

Jesus loves you and so do I,

rev. s

 

Check out Rev. Sean’s poetry at this link:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/sean-rima/objects-in-mirror/paperback/product-24088282.html

 

 

 


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