Fantone’s Farewell to Flint
This is one of those things that I don't know how to start, so I'll just come out and say it. Today is my last day working at the Banana, and I want to take the time to show some appreciation to this station, this city, and the people who have made my time here so memorable.
You can say what you want to say about Flint, but this place truly is like nowhere else in the world. In the 3 years I've been at the Banana, I've made friends, memories and experiences that will be with me for the rest of my life. It's bittersweet to leave, but an opportunity arose for me to be closer to my family and grow in my career, and I couldn't say no to it. It's not an easy thing to do, but I'm sure it's the right thing to do and I wanted to thank everybody that has been a part of my ride here. My coworkers, listeners, friends, Facebookers, and the many people I've met and bands I've seen all have made a profound impact on my life and I genuinely appreciate all of you. I also want to recap some of my favorite moments and experiences of my time in the 810.
Best Show at The Machine Shop: Sevendust
First of all, I hope everyone in this town appreciates the rock scene in this city. It's unlike anything I've ever been a part of before. There are so many talented local groups and The Machine Shop is truly a world class establishment. Seeing so many bands in such an intimate setting was fantastic, and none of the shows stood out to me more than Sevendust. I have seen Sevendust countless times and consider them one of my all time favorite groups, but it was always in an arena or festival setting. To see them with 500 people was a completely different experience and one that I will always remember.
Favorite Flint Food: Flint Style Coneys at Angelos
I can't begin to even imagine how many times I smashed out Coneys at Angelos after a long night of partying, and honestly, they are some of the best hot dogs in the world. Most people in America think of Taco Bell as the number one drunk food, but that's only because they don't know the joy of biting into a Koegel covered in that loose meat, onions and mustard. Good thing Angelos ships them all over the country.
Biggest Regret about Flint: Not doing a shift on Cars 108
Some people might not know this, but Banana 101.5 is owned by Townsquare Media group which owns other stations in both the city and across the country. Off all the stations that Townsquare owns in Flint, there is a group known as the Big 3, Banana, Cars 108 and Club 937. Most everybody in the building has worked at multiple stations, but nobody has ever been on air, doing their own show at all 3. I worked at Club before getting hired at Banana and was desperately trying to be the first person to be on all 3 stations, but it just wasn't meant to be. I tried and tried to get Delilah to let me on the air with her, but she just wouldn't give me a shot. Could have been radio magic, but sadly, it never happened.
What I will walk away remembering about Flint: The People
You would think a city known as Murder Town USA would be full of scumbags and degenerates, and you might be right. But as a whole, I was amazed on how welcoming and real the people are in this city. For every one murder, crack head or piece of trash in this city, I must have met 100 decent, hard-working people that were just looking to have a good time. Considering the reputation this city has, I was constantly blown away by how different the people were than what I would have expected.
Thanks go out to Tony LaBrie, Maggie Meadows, Chris Monroe, Tree, Lance, Ethan, Anne Erickson and everybody else that I worked with in the building. This was longest run at any single radio station and I was blessed to work with people who are so passionate and talented at what they do. My biggest thanks goes out to the audience, because honestly, with out you guys, this would have meant nothing. Thanks for listening, coming to our events, going to our website, interacting on our facebook and being a part of my life. I will never forget my time here and hope that I made a positive impact on everyone that invited me into their lives.