Wednesday, August 30, 2006

THE BAND



Since 2000, I've been the voice of the Rittman Indians Marching Band. I started my duties when my daughter was in the 11th grade. I figured it would be two years and out, but now I am starting my 7th season.

I've enjoyed watching the students I work with grow into responsible young adults. I have also enjoyed working with Ed Sims, the director of the band. He knows what's most important, which are the students, and in most cases their names are the only ones to appear in the scripts I read for the shows.

The Rittman Band is a show band, and as such don't enter in band competitions, but go to plenty of shows. We all find that we have alot of admirers, from other bands to band parents to Fox 8 weatherman Dick Goddard, who has emceed several of our shows throughout the years.

My style of announcing is somewhat unique. I feel that I have to help out the microphone, so I have the tendancy to yell into it. It works however, as I've gotten compliments from many. And I've been told that it helps to energize the band.

I've learned over the past six years that even though I should do my best that it's not about me. It's about the hard working students that comprise the band, and thats the way it should be.

Supporting the band is a very dedicated group of folks. They are the Rittman Band Boosters, and not only do they assure that the band gets the best support possible, but they've taken excellent care of me in the past. If any band boosters read this blog, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The band has already played one show this season, and will be performing at halftime during all home games for the Rittman Fighting Indians football team, along with other shows.

WHY DO I MENTION IT?

I make mention frequently when I post that I am a Christian. Why do I do that? For the same reason I will have the radio in my office at work on a Christian station. It's for me. It's a reminder to act my best at all times. I fail and fail often, but I hope that the constant reminder I give myself will motivate me to be my best...

I GOTTA BE ME

One thing that really irks me about the internet are people who cannot be true to themselves. Those who have to be someone they really aren't. Especially if they prey on innocent victims. Those folks should be put under the jail.

I decided that as long as I post on the internet, I will not be anyone but myself, Cliff Feightner, gray haired 50 year old grandfather. I work as a quality inspector in Cleveland, and I live in Rittman, Ohio.
I am no one special in the world's eyes. I am the best me that I can be.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Welcome to my Parallel Universe

In the past year or so, I have visited and posted in several internet forums, mainly dealing with media in Northeast Ohio. I have had the chance to make contact with several of the other posters off the boards, and for the most part they have been a real inspiration to me. The following is a partial listing of the folks who make my day a little brighter, and sometime give me a few laughs.

Newsnomore: A true pro in every sense of the word. One who has worked in many media outlets, and has received many accolades for his work, but is humble enough to be a friend to those who would only dream of where hard work and desire has taken him. One who has put his family at the top of his list, which makes him a true hero in my book.

Ohio Media Watch/Old Akronite: My inspiration for this blog. He sees all and knows all. His hard work gives us the inquiring minds the media information we want to know. He also gives credit where it's due when one gives him a tip. Hopefully he will get the talk show gig that he so desires, but to do so will take him away from the area, as he personifies the biblical principle that "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country."

Danny Wright: "Dancin" Danny, the Country music personality of the year, one who enjoys posting about Cleveland, even though he is all the way across the country in Seattle. One who has shown that you should never quit when you are chasing your dreams. He's been up, and down, and over and out, but he knows one thing. Each time he's found himself lying flat on his face, he picks himself up and gets back in the race.(Thank you Frank Sinatra)

Johnny Morgan: A very intelligent individual, who is very passionate about radio, though he is an attorney by trade. Hosts a late night/early morning program on the Sunday Oldies Jukebox. In his spare time, he attempts to save the radio world from the World's Greatest Program Director(tm).

These folks, and others, have provided me with hours of entertainment as I check out the forums. More on that in a later post.

Sunday, August 27, 2006


Okay this is the beginning of a new blog.

Who am I? I've posting on several internet forums under the name of 74WIXYgrad. I use that name since I graduated from the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique in 1974. Most people who post with me simply refer to me as WIXY, and that's cool. I consider it to be an honor to be associated with one of the legendary Top 40 stations of all time.

WIXY's gone bananas was a promotion of WIXY/1260 in Cleveland, Ohio in late 1973, and since I will be speaking my mind at times, I felt that that was an appropiate title for this blog.

This won't be just about radio. Maybe very little. If you want radio news I suggest you go to Ohio Media Watch, as he will do a much better job than I can.

This may be about my faith, as I make no bones about being a Born Again Christian. It may be about auto racing, as I am a NASCAR fan. It may be just about anything.