This Friday, December 8, is my last day with Vintage Sound 93.1 FM, KWPC, and The Voice of Muscatine Newspaper. After nearly five years with Prairie Radio Communications (owner of the radio stations and newspaper), I decided it was in the best interest of me and my family to resign.

This isn’t a goodbye, because I’m pleased to tell you that my family and I will be staying put in Muscatine! I’ve accepted a fulltime job at Hy-Vee (the big one on Highway 61) as Marketing and Merchandising Director. My job will include managing and maintaining all social media platforms for the store, along with handling all the events that happen at the store and ones that will take place outside of it.

The decision to leave was not an easy one, but with the rising cost of things like health insurance, being able to work at a place like Hy-Vee that offers incredible benefits was something I could not pass up. I’m also not getting any younger, and I need to start getting serious about a retirement plan, because I don’t want to work forever!

My thanks to Hy-Vee Store Director (and my future boss) Jim Simmons for giving me this opportunity. I am very excited to start my new career and to be able to continue serving the Muscatine community. I have to say thank you to all the great listeners of the radio stations and to the folks who read this newspaper each week. I worked hard to provide Muscatine County with radio stations they could be proud of, and I have a strong sense of pride for what we’ve been able to accomplish together. I’d also like to thank all the businesses that trusted me with their advertising dollars to help them grow.

Being on the radio is something that I’ve done on and off for the last 11 years. It’s something that I enjoy, but it does not define who I am as a person. First and foremost, I am a husband to my wife, Kasey, father to my sons, Henry and Theodore, and proud resident of Muscatine. This is a great place to live and work, and I’ve experienced that over the last five years that I’ve had the pleasure of calling Muscatine my home. People here genuinely care about each other. I have seen that firsthand, and I know I’ll continue to while at Hy-Vee.

So, this is not a farewell, because I know our paths will cross. The next time it happens, I’ll just be that “friendly smile in every aisle.” Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for listening to the radio, reading this column, and allowing me to support my family over the last five years while working in the “rock n’ roll farmhouse.” I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Feel free to stay in touch: I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and, of course, I’ll be at Hy-Vee!