Something took place in my hometown that has me a little irate. And it's not just about what happened but also about what won't happen. I'm sure you've heard about the break in at Pretty Prairie High School and the ransacking and destruction of the band and music room. This hits a little close to home for me being a PPHS graduate. I wasn't in band, but this still outrages me. Reportedly an 8 year old, 10 year old, and 11 year old plus one other, did all the damage. Now this is not a prank. A prank would have been breaking in and writing on the wall - with something that could be erased - "Catch me". No, that didn't happen. What happened was paint was strewn all over the place, drums were ruined, and other instruments destroyed. This was not a prank. It was flat out vandalism with no thought about what might happen if caught. Now, because of the age of the perps, not much of anything is going to happen. Yeah, they probably got suspended from school, which they probably wanted anyway. That is not punishment. That's a slap on the hands. Another question that comes up is "What were kids this age doing up at that time of night?" This supposedly took place between 1am and 3am on a Saturday. Pretty Prairie used to be such a peaceful place. When I was growing up, we very seldom locked our house when we left to go to Hutch or Wichita. Everybody had everybody's back. Sure there were a few not-so-good seeds, but we all knew who those were, so they weren't a big bother. But what happened now, is more than kids being kids and the punishment should fit the crime, but it won't because of their ages. Yes, I'm a bit apalled. 'Nuff said.
My radio career started right here in Hutchinson back in 1979, between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I was studying Communications with emphasis on Radio/TV Broadcasting. During my career, I've worked in Hutchinson, Wichita, Emporia, and Salina. Got my first job on a country station in 1986 when KSKU in Hutchinson was sold and became KZSN. We moved the studio to Wichita. From Wichita I moved to Emporia worked for a short time before moving back to Hutch. After 3 years, I moved to Salina. After about 6 years there, I moved back to Hutch. I llive here now for 17 years. I married my wife, Julie, 12 years ago. When I'm not working you can find me watching tv at home, playing bingo, playing golf, or riding my Goldwing Trike. I'm a member of the GWRRA (Goldwing Road Riders Assn.) I began doing public address announcing for the Hutch High Salthawks during the football season and will continue during the basketball season. I've been at Country 102.9, this time, since 2000. Really enjoy what I do and I love Country music. My favorite artists are Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and as I go back a few years with a classic artist...I love Johnny Horton. I plan on continuing doing this as long as I enjoy doing it or until people around this building don't want me around anymore. They'll have to pry the headphones off my ears to get me out of here.