An early morning New Year’s wish

I write my blog early in the morning: up at 5, at the keyboard by 5:30, off to work shortly after 7.

WZZQ 1993

Another thing I used to do early, 20 years ago, was get up on New Year’s morning to do a morning radio show. I worked for a station part time, normally pulling weekend shifts. But for obvious reasons all the jocks wanted New Year’s morning off.

I always celebrated New Year’s Eve, staying out until well after the ball dropped. But then I’d be up at 5 and on the air at 6.

Why in heaven’s name would I volunteer for that? Well, I wasn’t much of a drinker then, and being in my 20s I was resilient and could easily function on just a few hours’ sleep. But even more, I did it because mornings were the most listened-to time in radio. I liked feeling like I was a morning radio star, even for one day, even though listenership was down because so many people were sleeping it off.

I’m not up early writing my blog today, though. I stayed up last night to watch the ball drop with friends and family in my home, and I might have had a couple drinks along the way. As I push 50, I don’t bounce back like I used to. But because I wrote this in advance and scheduled it to post automatically at 5 a.m., I can still wish you a happy New Year early in the morning. And because this is in your e-mail inbox or your feed reader, the wish can reach you whenever you get to it. However you receive it, I hope it finds you well and happy.


12 responses to “An early morning New Year’s wish”

  1. Boilermaker Dave Avatar
    Boilermaker Dave

    In youth, one stays up til 5 am. Now, one wakes at 5 am and stays up!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah. Strange thing is, I don’t really mind the change. I wouldn’t go back to being in my 20s again for anything.

  2. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Happy New Year Jim

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You too, Christopher! Thanks for being a longtime reader.

  3. George Denzinger Avatar
    George Denzinger

    Hey that’s cheating! (Scheduling your comment to post at 5 AM!) Happy New Year, Jim!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      George, I always schedule my posts in advance! I’ve got ’em queued up for the next two weeks.

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Wishing you great things in 2015 my friend!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And the same to you!

  5. pesoto74 Avatar

    I am the same as you about missing sleep. Not sure at what age it started. I think I could still go without for a time in an emergency, however not on a regular basis like in my younger days. Hope the new year brings much joy to you.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I wish the same to you!

      Since my late 30s I’ve had trouble with insomnia. So I have a lot of unfortunate experience with trying to function on insufficient sleep.

  6. Nancy ( Roe ) Stewart Avatar
    Nancy ( Roe ) Stewart

    Wtshing you and your family many blessings, happiness and good health in the year ahead. Happy New Year

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you Nancy! And the same to you.

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