Things to be thankful for….
A long career in broadcasting in this community in San Diego, where the teams have have had their ups and downs over the 26-years I have been in this market.
Surviving as long as I have in a very volatile industry. It has been interesting to watch the landscape of radio change, the evolvement of television networks, and the sad decline of newspapers. I know so many good journalists out of jobs right now-very sad time for us.
The internet – I think we, sports fans included, are much better educated now with the keyboard in hand giving us instant access to what we want to read.
The Chargers for a nearly decade long run of pretty exciting football, with Martyball, Brees-LT-Rivers to where they are now. Yes postseason disappointments, but San Diego is not Buffalo, weather wise, nor with a 14-year drought, and definitely not (thankfully) the Raiders.
The Padres, and past ownership for delivering us a shiny new ballpark, a gem, in Petco Park, responsible for so many jobs, and the rebirth of the Gaslamp Quarter. Now waiting for them to deliver the product on the field. A winner here guarantees them 3M-attendance a year.
The Aztecs have become a quality Division 1-athletic program, with big time facilities, and classy leadership from a CEO like Jim Sterk, to Steve Fisher and Rocky Long amongst others on the hill.
The Toreros, for putting athletics in a proper perspective, and for AD-Ki Snyder’s leadership of dignity, class and responsibility.
The Sockers, for keeping the flame alive, though we know it’s not the Sockers of old (a-la-Ron Newman), and it is not the NASL, but it has its niche.
Health. Fully recovered from a near-death experience two years ago, I can now laugh about my off-the-cuff comment, “the LA Kings have won the Stanley Cup-now I can die”, won’t be saying that again.
Family, those here, two sons embarking on really special careers, an extended family, those present, and those who have passed.
The listeners, for it is so nice to be remembered and appreciated, as a talk show host, and the longtime voice of the Chargers during the Super Bowl run. I know I have detractors and haters, and they are entitled to their opinions, even if they are wrong. The listeners remember, “Show Me your Lightning Bolt”, and “Baja to the Canadian Rockies.”
I don’t know where the road takes me next, but I am thankful for what I have had in San Diego, what I gave to my call letters, and how special the times we shared on the radio, and what we are sharing now with our website.
Lee Hacksaw Hamilton
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