Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
During this month, I am giving thanks to some of the people that God used to push me into my purpose, help me meet goals and plans made over a decade ago, and were instrumental in my new career paths. Today I want to thank another such person, Deacon Dan Murphy. We grew up in the same church, Greater Refuge Church in Philadelphia, PA, and years later he was instrumental in God propelling me into the world of radio broadcasting.
As I've shared in previous blogs in this series, after almost 21 years at "Ma Bell" (Bell of Pennsylvania/Bell Atlantic/Verizon) in early 2002, I put in my papers, took an early buy out package, and resigned on April 13, 2002. I was ready to begin “Life After Verizon.” In addition to my dreams of becoming a published author, I two other other dreams. One was to have a poetry radio show. I even had a name for it: “Voice the Vision” (a spin on the name of my publishing company at the time, “I Write the Vision”). I wrote the down the dream about the radio show in a journal, put it away, and shifted my focus back to my dreams of becoming an author. Later that year I opened an online store with CafePress, Inc. and created a line of poetry products including calendars, post cards, greeting cards, and journals.
In 2006 I began looking for a part time job because I needed supplemental income. Wherever I went I always had resumes with me (I kept them in my car). By that same time, I had relocated to New Jersey and moved my church membership from Philadelphia to a church in Camden, New Jersey that several of my former church members also attended, including Dan Murphy.
One Sunday we were all congregated in the parking lot after church just talking like saints do, when I mentioned that I was looking for a part time job. Dan perked up and said, “My manager is looking for someone to work a shift on Saturdays at the radio station.” You see, Dan had been working at 800 AM WTMR “Where the Master Reigns”, a local religious radio station for years. I gave him one of my resumes, and the next Sunday he told me that his manager said whenever I was ready, I was welcome to join the team!
Eventually I said I was ready and began training right away. Lo and behold, Dan was my trainer. During the evenings, after my full-time job, I would stop by the station for training to be a board operator. It was very challenging for me because although I had been behind the mic practically my whole life, I had no former training on the technical side of broadcasting.
I will never forget the night I came home from work and fell to my knees in prayer crying to God because I just couldn’t seem to retain what I was being taught about the studio equipment, the board, which knobs did what, etc. I was crying out to God in frustration wondering if maybe I had made a mistake. Maybe this vision wasn’t for me. I asked God what I should do. He spoke right back to me and said, “I opened the door.” That was all He said, but I knew what He meant. He had opened the door, my job to walk through it. And walk through it I did. I returned to the station determined to succeed. And with God’s help, I did just that.
This blog is another trip down memory lane, and “Thank You” to Dan Murphy. God used him not only to give my resume to his boss, but also to train me for that job. God turned my dream of having a poetry radio show (where I would have to pay for the air time) into having a job at a religious radio station as a board operator where I had the freedom to create and host any kind of Christian programming that the station manager approved. From 2006 to 2015 I created and hosted several shows, including three poetry/spoken word shows. I interviewed and showcased many Christian poets, spoken word artists, authors and even a few singers.
Dan, thank you for being the brother in Christ, co-worker and friend that you have been down through the years. God truly used to to answer a prayer that was "exceeding and abundantly beyond what I could ask or think." And even though He has now moved me into a new chapter, my time in broadcasting will never be forgotten. And neither will you. God bless you my brother!
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