Archives For Dreams

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 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 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.