In a year already filled with deep sadness, some good news.
It was 11 years ago on an Easter weekend that Rock 104â€™s RockTrax with Doug Morris had its maiden voyage on WXRR. The debut came after completing my move across the street from â€¦ some â€¦ other radio station.
In any event, the celebration will be rather quiet â€“ as Iâ€™ve decided to dedicate the 11th year of RockTrax on Rock 104 in memory of Cindy.
Back in the late summer of 2002, when Cindy and I were tiptoeing along in very early â€œgetting to know youâ€ stages, she noted her allegiance wasnâ€™t to Rock 104. It was to our country sister station, B95. Certainly, I had to give her style points for tuning into a station thatâ€™s within the company.
Over time, she would get to meet the people sheâ€™d heard all this time â€“ especially at tailgating at Southern Miss. Further, that B95 allegiance would be altered on Sundays on account of little olâ€™ me. Cindy would note â€œmy favorite DJâ€ is on the air. Most of us in the biz prefer the term â€œair personalityâ€ or â€œradio show hostâ€ — but who am I to argue with my number one fan?
With this plan disclosed, a gentle challenge to the powers that be at William Carey University. Go ahead and named one of the new dormitory buildings being constructed in Cindyâ€™s honor.
With newfound personal and professional responsibility, my visits to the campus have been few and far between since Cindyâ€™s untimely passing. (I was there this past Thursday just long enough to take care of some insurance paperwork.) But Iâ€™ve heard through the grapevine many students want this request fulfilled as well.
One of those students is Megan Harvey, who had great things to say about Cindy. Meganâ€™s kind opinions were published in two articles of the latest issue of The Cobbler, WCUâ€™s student newspaper. Megan, if youâ€™re reading this, I was touched by your remarks about Cindy. Thank you.
Aside from my obvious bias, this is a no-brainer. Cindy was the first full-time housing director at then-known William Carey College. Her hiring was just part of the growth process at Carey â€“ growth that continues today. Cindy would often stay in touch with students who lived on-campus â€“ even after graduation. I should know â€“ wedding invitations from Carey graduates came this direction during the 19 months Cindy and I were married.