THIS is what it’s all about! The email you are about to read is from a listener of hardDrive and hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus. THIS is the POWER OF RADIO and how it makes listeners feel. THIS reinforces WHAT we do! Amen!
I’m writing this email to tell you how much your work has meant to me. Hard Drive got me through a very tough time in my life and I just wanted to express my gratitude.
When I was a kid, my family couldn’t afford cable or any of the other fancy electronic gadgets of the lat 90’s/early 2000’s, so I listened to the radio for most of my entertainment. While I mostly liked to listen to AM sports talk stations, I loved the local rock channels, too. By the age of 15, I had made it my goal to be a radio host.
Unfortunately, my life took a different path than what I had dreamed of, and I fell into a bad addiction to drugs. Instead of going into broadcasting, I dropped out of school and wasted my late teens and early 20’s working in crappy jobs and popping a bunch of pills. Somewhere along the way, I lost my love for the radio and lost sight of my dream.
Ultimately, my addiction led me to a period of incarceration in McCook, NE. I’d lost everything by that point, and had found my rock bottom. My sentence wasn’t very long, but there wasn’t much to do to pass the time. All I had were a few decent books, and a radio.
Throughout the days, I’d be able to listen to the various stations and maybe hear a few tracks I was into, but there wasn’t much to listen to at night, as local high school sports dominated the airwaves. Eventually, I turned through the dial enough and heard a voice that would reignite a flame that had gone out years prior- yours.
For five months, I faithfully listened to Hard Drive every night. I even listened to the replays that the station aired on weekends. Your personality and the music that you played got me through those tough nights, and looking forward to your show got the through the days. Ultimately, you drove me to become a new person upon my release and go after my dream.
I chose the college I enrolled in specifically for it’s broadcasting program, but as fate would have it, the program for addictive studies caught my eye. So I got pulled in the direction of being an chemical dependency counselor. Two years later, I began my career as a mental health technician in the field, and I’m still working towards my education.
The dream might have changed, but the initial push came from finding Hard Drive. For that, I thank you, Lou. Thank you for getting me through those tough nights, introducing me to great new music, making me chuckle at your obsession with Lzzy Hale, and most of all- inspiring me. I don’t get the opportunity to listen to you much anymore, but I’ll never forget how you unknowingly pushed me to change, become a better person, and go after my dream.
Thank you for everything,