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I posted the following to Facebook and Instagram on June 17, 2019.

I’d sum up the past year of my life (and especially the last seven months or so) in two words: “personal disruption.” New job(s), new relationship, new routine and a renewed sense of many aspects of my life.

So I suppose it’s only fitting that in this trend of disruption, I let you know that I’m no longer with Dreams. On my last day at 1WTC, I snapped this familiar photo as a nice reminder and farewell to my time working in the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building.

Dreams was the perfect company at the perfect time. To move from a corporate, traditional media setting to a new media startup where I was able to learn, build and perform at a rapid pace was exhilarating. I can’t thank Tom and Greg enough for welcoming me to their team, allowing me to be myself and exhibiting copious amounts of patience as I navigated this new world (and for that matter, schedule). I’ll be rooting for them and the company from afar.

While you’ll continue to see and hear me in a number of familiar (and not-so-familiar… stay tuned!) places, I’ll begin to write a new chapter in my career – something that quite frankly I really haven’t had to do since leaving Syracuse in 2007. I’m grateful for that and equally excited to find out what’s next.
I posted the following video to Facebook on May 31, 2019.

Still at a loss for words over The Final Show and the send-off of 95.5 PLJ tonight (Race Taylor, Joey Kramer, Mike Allan, Dan Kelly I love you guys – it was beautiful).

I do know this much: had I listened to that final hour before my appearance earlier on the PIX 11 Morning News, I certainly wouldn’t have had the poise nor the composure Race did as he made radio history and signed off the legendary WPLJ.

Thanks to PIX 11 for having me this morning, and thanks to my old colleagues for allowing me to return last night and say goodbye.
I posted the following video to my social network accounts on May 16, 2019.

Thank you to Nick Fradiani, who was kind enough to do this interview while on the road last week for a charity event.

I am so lucky to have met some incredibly talented and generous artists through my travels.
I posted the following video to my social network accounts on May 8, 2019.

It’s so weird how life works out.

Last week, I asked my buddy Race Taylor if he could help out with a screen test for a new show I’m developing on Dreams. Thankfully he obliged.

Fast forward to yesterday (Wednesday),and the final broadcast date for 95.5 PLJ is announced. So there we were, in a prescheduled interview just a block away from the radio studio, with a chance to reminisce on-camera.

I’m sure there’s some metaphor for beginnings and endings here and perhaps you want to know more about the show. That can all wait… instead, let’s grab a few nuggets of knowledge from Race here… and a ton of regret from me.

You see… I left the Carrot Cake OREOs in the green room…
I posted the following to my social network accounts on May 1-2, 2019.

Was back at work this morning in New York by 9:30 am but WOW – still can’t get over last night! Honored to be on-stage at the Billboard Music Awards for the 6th straight year in front of so many artists I respect and love, while witnessing an amazing event up close. Thank you again Dick Clark Productions!

I posted the following to my social network accounts on April 30, 2019.

Hi from JFK Airport – couple of updates!

– I’m currently developing my own TV show on Dreams. Easily the most challenging task I’ve taken on. My goal is for it to be just as rewarding.

– I’m flying to Las Vegas for 24 hours to be on-stage for the 6th straight year at the Billboard Music Awards – I know! Thank you to Dick Clark Productions as well as my colleagues at Dreams and the folks at DISH – who were extremely flexible with my schedule, especially on short notice.

It’s been quite the week/month/year… and it is far from over. Thanks for everything and see you in Vegas!
I posted the following to my social network accounts on February 20, 2019.

I’m writing you from my new workspace at One World Trade Center to tell you about the next step of my career: I’ve joined Dreams, a live TV startup, as an Anchor and Editor. In addition to my eventual on-camera role, I’m working behind-the-scenes to help build out our platform, from both an editorial and talent perspective.

Dreams is based in NYC. When we launch, Dreams will be an original live news and culture channel. It was founded in 2016 by Tom Bender and Greg Hochmuth. Tom was a product manager at Google. Greg was Instagram’s seventh employee, where he joined as one of the company’s first engineers.

Fun fact: Among our investors… Kevin Durant! Yes, the two-time NBA champion and All-Star MVP. And yes, I bought a pair of KD11’s to celebrate the move.

I am immensely grateful to Tom and Greg for bringing me on board. Their ideas regarding what video content, specifically live video on mobile phones, should look and feel like are incredible. I find great joy walking in to 1WTC every day and collaborating with our team on challenges small and large.

With my new position, I feel rewarded both personally and professionally. This type of on-camera/behind-the-scenes position is exactly what I was looking for. And for the first time in my career, I’m not working weeknights… so yunno, I can actually have a life now.

Thank you to Tom, Greg and my new colleagues at Dreams, along with my friends, family and supporters who have been there every step of the way.

Now the really fun part: a call to action. We’re hiring! See the link in the comments to apply.

Thanks again and stay tuned for more info on our launch.
I posted the following statement to my social network accounts on February 19, 2019.

Before I turn the page and announce my next gig later this week, I felt it was important to address three things:

First, my new job is not in radio. While that is by choice, that is not indicative of my thoughts on radio. I still believe in it as a medium. Radio is portable, free, available to millions and can facilitate a unique connection with an audience that is real and intimate.

For now, I’m saying goodbye to radio on a full-time basis. I could see a scenario in the near-future where I return part-time, but at the moment my focus is solely on my next project.

Second, I am saddened over last week’s news of WPLJ’s sale. I’m heartbroken for my former colleagues and I’m unable to imagine a media landscape that doesn’t include those iconic call letters.

Finally, people like to say that when you go through a transformative period in your life, you quickly learn who your true friends are. I disagree; throughout these past few months, almost nothing surprised me. There’s something to be said about constantly surrounding yourself with good people – throughout both easy and challenging times.

However, I say “almost nothing” because I was taken aback at the response from the audience regarding my departure. I have no words to fully express my gratitude but I’d be remiss if I didn’t again say: thank you.
I posted the following video to my social network accounts on February 18, 2019.
The following statement was posted to my social network accounts on January 18, 2019.

After over 11 eventful years, I’m no longer with Cumulus Media.

I’d like to thank each and every person who listened for those 11-plus years during my time in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New England and Southeastern Connecticut. And of course, the memories I made over the past 6 years on-air in New York City will always have a special place in my heart.

There will be an appropriate time and place to comment on my future; unfortunately it isn’t now. But please trust that when I can share more, I will.

Thank you for your love and support – it means more than you know.