There’s An Important Birthday at KISSFM Today
Every year, you come to Live for 175, Boise Music Festival, The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, and more. These are BIG events that thousands of people make a part of their lives and enjoy with their families. Then there are the hundreds of events in between, when you visit us at Varsity Pub on Thursdays, Team Mazda Subaru on a Saturday afternoon, grand openings at Dairy Queen in Meridian. Attendance at these is smaller than the crowds that flock to our big annual events, but they're still made possible. You win tickets to BMF, get a drink special, take home some 103.5 KISSFM swag.
Typically, you meet Cruise & Box, Kekeluv, or myself while you're coming by our set up. Rarely, I would venture to say, does the person that makes these events come alive come to mind. It's his birthday today and I think he's worthy of an over-the-top, louder than ever, shout out.
Meet Joe EEEEE King. He's a familiar face at our events but his voice typically doesn't come through our speakers. Rather, he's the one making sure we sound great in YOURS, look pristine on site, and have FLAWLESS operations at events like Pumpkin Smash. He's the guy that thinks of things that truly, nobody else ever thinks of and sometimes, that gets really annoying!!
JoeEEE as we all call him is a one of a kind guy that gets things done. By things, I mean he does the work of about 100 people in about half the time anyone else would ever be capable. He's a positive, supportive, and obnoxious presence wherever he goes and I can't think of an instance I haven't been appreciative of that. There are days, believe it or not, that I'm really frustrated or angry at work, he's the only one that can get me to crack a smile or more often than not take a deep breath and relax. Maybe it's just because he knows me better than I know myself.
JoeEE took a chance on me years ago. I was 14 years old, a freshman at Bishop Kelly, and hungry to learn more about radio. I have NO idea why I had a fascination with the business, in fact at that time I had a very different idea for what I would be spending the rest of my life doing. JoeEEE hired me nearly immediately while I was still on a learners permit and no, this first job didn't include backstage access to concerts and all of the glam I expected. I was sorting boxes in a warehouse off of Garrity Boulevard in Nampa and washing radio station van rims with Windex. I was moving things with wheels around, but of course--I couldn't use the wheels because "that's how things get dirty." This isn't a joke. But he taught me something...he taught me about attention to detail. He taught me that if everyone overlooks the small stuff, the big stuff will fall through. That's been a lesson I've carried with me not only at work, but through life.
Since JoeEE hired me at a young age of 14, I've never NOT worked in radio. He introduced me to my first love. When I took off to Gonzaga University in Spokane, leaving one of the people that had quickly become one of my best friends, not just a boss, wasn't easy. We talked nearly every day and he was actually one of the only friends from back home that came up to Spokane to visit me while I was living there. If you've got a "ride or die" friend in your life, you'll understand what I mean when I say I trust this guy like nobody else in my life. If he said "jump on that bomb, it's safe", I wouldn't blink an eye. If he tells me I'm slacking, I know it's time to get it together. I don't think he knows it, but over the years he has been a rock to me when it has come to emotional decisions, relationships, career paths, and more.
Having been educated in Catholic schools from preschool through my Bachleor's Degree, I'm no stranger to lessons on "saints". I can't recall where I heard this particular idea, but it has never left me. It was a quote that said "saints" are people that get up every day and do they best they can with what they have. They aren't afraid to flourish in accomplishment and have humble moments where they wonder if their life has amounted to anything "good enough". Saints are normal, every day people that just do "good". Our friend JoeEE here at 103.5 KISSFM, is a saint.
If you know JoeEE (and chances are you probably do), wish him a happy birthday today. A jack of all trades, a loyal friend, a radio mastermind, and the guy I hope all of "the bosses" value more than anything in our radio station. Cheers to another year, Chief Joseph.