I’ve always loved news. From my first life working as a journalist, the news was always a dynamic word to me, one that still conjures up notes of pride and ambition. And while I eventually moved from newspapers to websites for NBC Sports and Major League Baseball, I always gravitated toward more hard news. My favorite moments from those days were when we were given the opportunity to go beyond games stories, beyond superficial profiles of athletes, and got to report on something. To add something, to put something out there that may really mean something, to someone. Or as I used to say when a non-sporting event broke up a meeting and we all dispersed to our stations.
“Let’s do the news.”
The rekindled blog has been a much needed outlet for my writing and the feedback I have received this month has been heartwarming. Building on what the blog has done we are here to let you know the big news.
It’s big news for me. Maybe for you, but if it’s not that's cool too. I am starting a podcast. And you will be shocked to read that it will be called the Gorey Bypass Podcast. Shocker, I know.
The goal with the content we will create is to bring more attention to heart health in a country where heart disease kills more folks than every kind of cancer, combined. I know, crazy. Cancer sucks too by the way.
What I hope to do is develop content that will not only educate, but encourage people to be honest with themselves regarding the decisions they make and the impact those decisions have on the health of our hearts.
The thing with heart disease is that it is generally avoidable with thoughtful lifestyle choices. If we continue to get the word out regarding healthy choices, and just how powerful a carrot is, we have a real chance to reverse the trends of this dreadful disease.
We are going to have fun, tell stories, meet interesting people, and hopefully think, maybe laugh, and certainly cry, at least I know I will.
Here is how we are going to roll.
Season One will be a primer and will cover the short, but oh so eventual 10 days from the first heart attack to the eventual return home. The origin story will be broken down into six parts and will be the semi-soft, but semi-sweet launch of the Gorey Bypass Podcast.
After we do the short opener we will dive right into Season Two where we will talk about all things heart related. Rich topics, absurd stories and insightful interviews with folks on the front lines of promoting all things good for the ticker. The interview, Q&A style is important because I find it yields new ideas and perspectives that allow for discovery and growth.
In that vein, I am opening the virtual floor to all my friends, family and fellow travelers for the six episode primer. After each of the six episodes of Season One I am going to save time to answer some questions from you. This will serve several purposes. One, we can get an idea of the eventual format of the story first interview second style and two, it can give some of you a chance to get some information about the heart attack/bypass experience that you would hopefully not ever have to experience first hand.
To help with any potential questions here is the brief layout of each of the six first season episodes:
There it is. If you have any interest in finding out some more about any of those topics, or the issues relating to those topics please let me know. You can leave a comment on the blog, use the contact page here or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
I will keep the blog going and see what happens. But I am very excited to enter a new avenue, and share more topics of interest with all of you, and hopefully more, so please tell your friends.
We have all been gifted with time to contemplate what is important to us. I hope we can find some direction and raise more awareness of the many ways we can protect our hearts and the hearts of our loved ones.
The heart is an amazing muscle. And like some muscles it needs to be worked on, and worked out. I hope you join me during what will hopefully be one of the most mutually beneficial workouts of our lives.