Thursday, August 2, 2007

Farewell, Mike Flynn

In 2006, I approached Cumulus officials about doing a talk radio show focusing on local issues. They weren't interested. Then Jay Wachs came to town on his white horse to run Cumulus' Albany stations. Mike Flynn ran the talk-show idea by Jay -- and within a couple of months, Wake Up Albany With Matt Patrick was conceived. This week, a month-and-a-half into the project, Mike bade farewell to the show. A new job in Valdosta has him spread too thin to come hang out with us every day, but Mike promises to stay in touch by calling in from time to time. Some of our conversations since Mike's departure aren't as fluid, or as balanced, or as poignant. But Mike says we'll be OK without him -- and I think he's right. Thanks, Mike, for caring enough about Albany to conceive of Wake Up Albany! and to help make it a reality. Now, that's leadership.