Sunday, September 10, 2006

With a little help from my friends....

Class Thursday was interesting to say the least. We went around the table and read e-mails we contributed pretending it was 10 years from now. Our class really puts the BROAD in Broadcasting, because every single one of us are going in different directions. Mike wants to own his own business, Leanne wants to marry a russian, Steve wants to be radio sports talent, Amy wants to write, Stevi wants to get into the magazine thing, Kirstan more or less wants to be into the entertainment business, and Aidan wants to be a producer for a sitcom. So the question pops up in this blog as to who I share common ground with...
I know what you're thinking, and no, I don't want to marry a Russian. I personally believe I have the most in common with Aidan, mainly because we share a dream of making it "big" or on a national level. We both have the mentality that we're going to get to where we need to be no matter what, so you're either in the car or we're going to A) Pass you up, or B) Run you over. Don't get me wrong, it's not a "kill or be killed" motto, it's more or less an I'm going to get there and you're going to like it motto. I was talking to Mr. Weaver the other day and I explained to him how I felt I had to defeat all doubts and misbeliefs in myself before I expected anybody else to. Now that I feel as I'm going full speed ahead, all the doubts have diminished, I didn't have to psyche myself out of them, because with the more experience you earn, the more confidence you're rewarded. And you can ask any broadcaster, confidence is the key to success. I've known Aidan for going on 3 years now, and she and I share the same confidence in ourselves and our goals (notice I didn't say dreams.)
We also had to find someone on the internet to did I find somebody that showed everybody who ever anchors, that it can always be worse. This poor guy doesn't know up from down in his notes, the prompter, or the hilights. I'm not sure this guy does much blogging, but I like what he brings to the table and how he critiques people, I would never want to be the one on his site, but I'll definitely check it out again, and so should you

Also, I really think that a person I have a lot in common with, despite the different career paths are my predecessor and very good friend and Westminster Alum, Justin Egley. He's gone through the ups and downs of the business, and he's still alive. He is living his dream right now, he's 22 years old and he owns his own business. Granted, I don't want to own a business, I do want to live my dream as he is, and I believe with my friends that I have, and the network I've created (and a little bit of elbow grease,) it's going to happen. So thanks Justin for showing me the ropes, and having a foot to kick me in the ass when I underachieve, and a hand to shake when I perform.
This is a long, yet full week for me as I'll have a Monday Night Sports Drill for the Radio, a radio shift on Tuesday, Wednesday Night Sports Drill, Kickoff of The County Line (Titantown Sports) on Thursday, Game of the Week in Neshannock on Friday. Followed of course by Friday Night Hilites (, or and of course we'll wrap up this week the same way I started it(on the radio) with the broadcast of Westminster vs. Carnegie Mellon. So, this is going to be a test of how fast can I get my hilites up on Friday, so if you haven't yet, definitely check them out and let me know what else you desire on the Wilmington Greyhounds. Until next time, Hugs and Handshakes for you...

I'm DJ Yokley


Blogger Brad Weaver, BC Instructor said...

Interesting observation with how "broad" the career paths of this broadcasting majors appears to be at this point.

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9/10/2006 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey hun...I don't want to be in the magazine business. But thanks for paying attention to my hopes and dreams. I spilled my guts out on that page and you couldn't care less. lol. Just kidding. Anyway the real reason why I wanted to write this comment is because I LOVE that quote you posted in your comment on, I think it was Amy's blog. The Old Guy quote. I wanted to put it in my blog. Just wanted to check with you first. Alright see you soon. Oh yeah...thanks for helping me with the camera on friday...and introducing me to Mr. Sexy Man. Haha. Alright see ya.

9/10/2006 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Kirstan Gides :) said...

Hey DJ! I LOVE all of your insights lately. Forget ESPN, I think Confucious and Ghandi better look out! haha! Anyhow, I'm glad you have big "goals" too. I think I am gonna start calling my "Dreams" goals. And don't worry, when I am giving my Oscar acceptance speech, I'm gonna have to quote you! :)

9/11/2006 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

All right now, no making fun about my Russian. :(

Anyway, I think your drive and determination to make it to ESPN is admirable, and I'm totally rooting for you! We'll probably run into each other down the line when we're both covering the Steelers in another Super Bowl!

It's always good to have someone to talk sports with! Good luck this year :)

9/11/2006 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Liz Farry said...

First of all those videos were absolutely painful. Second of all, I love reading how determined you are because I feel the same way. However one thing that I've learned recently is that I have to keep checking in with what I really want. For me, I have to be careful to not just follow the dream of making it to the top just because I can. I know that I can, I just have to make sure that's exactly what I want. Just a thought! :)

9/11/2006 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Weaver, BC Instructor said...

look at all the comments...and you're getting those links in there, too

9/13/2006 11:25:00 PM  

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