I love the radio. I remember listening to Brad Davis and Bob Steele as a teenager. There is so much to hear. I’d stay up on New Year’s Eve and record the top 100 hits from WDRC on my cassette recorder. Today I go back and forth between Jimmy and Shelly on WCTY and Lee Elci on 94.9 in the morning. When I want sports I listen to either WFAN and WEEI.
So when she said, “How would you like to co-host my radio program this week?” I didn’t hesitate to answer. I didn’t even know who was asking the question at first. It WAS a radio program. I just jumped. I said “Yes!” I found out later it was Rona and Dave Mann’s “Mann About Town” program on WBLQ and was delighted to be asked.
I’ve always been a “wanna-be” radio host. The first time I was on the air my friend, Art, was filling in for a regular on WICH. He asked me to come on to talk about faith and religion. Art used to joke that he had a face for radio. He may not have been a beauty queen, but he had a voice. It was deep and mysterious like Wolfman Jack.
Over the years I’ve been invited to be on a few local programs. Years ago, I sat in with Stu Breyer on WICH and Dr. Anthony Alessi on 94.9. More recently Frank Prosnitz and Chris DiPaola have had me on WBLQ. Of course, all of them have been one-shot deals. I haven’t been asked to come back. I wonder if there is a message there.
You’ve heard the expression, “Maybe you better stick with your day job!” I’ve heard it. I spent one summer as a carpenter’s aide. My uncle gave me a job working construction. At the end of the summer I joked that I’d decided to quit college and continue on with him. He said, “Cal, I think your gifts lie elsewhere. Go back to school.”
So maybe I’m not cut out to be a carpenter or a radio host. I can still enjoy the broadcasts and continue preaching about Jesus, the world’s greatest carpenter. We all have gifts. Life is all about finding where we can best utilize them. As believers, that job should never stop us from reflecting God’s love no matter what we are doing.
Not everyone is called to be a pastor, priest or rabbi. We ARE called to let our lives reflect God’s love. We can do that by being the very best at whatever vocation we choose. Whether we are teachers, clerks, engineers, radio hosts, nurses or something else, by adding the term Christian before the title, God will be glorified in our work.
So I will let you know how it goes when I take to the airwaves with Rona this week. No matter what happens, you can be sure that I will be doing it with an eye to give God the glory! I’m hoping you will do the same with whatever you find yourself called to do this week.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.