My Kinda Place!
Washing sand out of my shorts while smoking.
That's me...always Multi-Tasking
Mosaic: Brian Jay at a Rock103 Remote in 1998
"Divers do it deeper..."
It was two years ago today that I lost a friend and colleague. John "Bad Dog" McCormack lost his battle with Leukemia on March 10, 2011.
Before I started working at Rock 103, I was a fan. The man brought me more laughs than I can possibly remember.
Once I started working with him, I quickly realized that his hijinks were'nt limited to well thought out Twilight Phone episodes. He was a master of impressions, and often played them out on us around the radio station as well. I still laugh about a few fake "Hotline Calls" that I got as the new guy on the team.
I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him as Producer of the Wake Up Crew for a number of years. It was surely a once in a lifetime opportunity, because there is no one else like him.
Before he got his diagnosis, I remember atttending a Wake Up Crew Anniversary party at Minglewood Hall. Tesla was playing. The house was packed. I remember commenting on how he had lost a lot of weight. He looked good, and seemed to be in great shape.
When it came time for the Wake Up Crew to hit the stage for a stage announcement, he grabbed me and said "Come on! You're part of this too, ya know". Even though I wasn't producing the Wake Up Crew any more, and was across the hall at our sister station, he still insisted that I join them on stage.
That's just the way he was: Anxious to include you in the fun. John wasn't somebody that ever insisted on being in the spotlight. The spotlight just naturally followed him.
It was only a few weeks later that we learned of his diagnosis.
The number of lifes that he touched is amazing. And these days, when I walk into the studio each morning, I walk right past his empty chair, pausing a moment to tap the chair a couple of times like I was patting a good friend on the back or something. It's my way of wishing he were still here and acknowledging the influence he had on us all.