Happy Launching Day!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with writing. Always a labor of love and typically weighed down by writer’s block. From English papers in high school to my mammoth research project at Syracuse to beat assignments and magazine articles, I almost ALWAYS procrastinate up to the deadline, and there’s often a fair share of stewing and stress and fretting. I love the finished product, but I hate the process … which is why my choice to start a blog is laugh out loud funny!

This won’t be a blog about me, but it will be my perspective. So in order to understand me a little better, there are a few things you should know.

  • I’m ALL girl – emotional to a fault, complicated, passionate. A friend once told me I cry more than anyone she knows. Ha! Probably true since I cry when I’m happy and cry when I’m sad. I cry every week over Grey’s Anatomy, and I always tear up over the National Anthem at major sporting events.
  • I’m a huge goofball. I once told a reporter I was a “dork,” and he included that in his article. I love to make other people laugh, even if it means they’re laughing at me.
  • I don’t want to be like everyone else. I like to swim upstream, difficult as it can be. It’s not an accident God created me this way, given my chosen career.

When I was in high school, I fell in love with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics – head over heels, completely irrational, crazy love! My family lived in the backwoods of New Hampshire without cable TV, so the only way I could follow my beloved team was with the radio. During that time, I developed a real affinity for play-by-play. It’s the whole idea of describing the action on the court in a way that people don’t feel like they’re missing a thing, as though they can SEE the game unfold in front of them. It didn’t take much convincing from my best friend to set my sights on a career in sports broadcasting. I used to tell anyone who asked that I would be the first female Johnny Most.

When I started college, lots of authority figures suggested I have a “backup plan,” so I doubled up in communication & accounting – two opposite sides of the same brain. But once I tasted radio for the first time, I knew where I belonged. I’m a radio junkie. It’s part of who I am.

My improbable journey carved a path through New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, western New York, New Hampshire (again), Vermont, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island before arriving in Connecticut … and I still haven’t run out of things to say! The same friend who suggested a career in sports radio also suggested I try my hand at blogging. (You can thank Stephanie!) I’ll tackle a wide range of topics from sports to pop culture to family to travel, everything but politics, and I’m always open to your suggestions. I can’t promise you’ll always agree with me, but I can promise authenticity and honesty and humor. I write just like I talk.

Thanks for taking the time to read … and giving me a secret weapon in my war with writing.

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17 Responses to “Happy Launching Day!”

  1. Best wishes on this new endeavor. I have been listening to you since you were on the radio in Providence many years ago. You now occasionally work with my son and I have actually had the pleasure of meeting you several times. I look forward to reading about your opinions and adventures. Keep your faith most of all, and realize that everything happens for a reason. F.R.O.G.! and of course, Go Celtics and Red Sox!

  2. Congratulations on the beginning of your blogging journey! You are so genuine and a wonderful person. Glad to have met you a couple years back. It’s fun watching your progress. Always rooting for you! Hugs!

  3. Writing does the same thing for me as well. Love you on the radio, your exuberance translates through the airwaves whenever you are on. Thank you for being so unique of a personality Amy!

  4. Dennis J. Gasper Says:

    I can relate so much of your affinity for radio. I think it’s not a era that the younger generation can appreciate with having so much exposure with all the cable channels and iphones.

    There is something about growing up the radio that is magical… had the great opportunity to hear Ernie Harwell, with his experiences in Brooklyn and Baltimore and finally Detroit. There was something about radio, it seems you were right there with.

  5. Yay! I’m adding your blog to my reader – I’m always interested in what you have to say!

  6. Jill Wright Says:

    Amy- You are one of the best!!! A true inspiration. I love listening to you, and I know I’ll enjoy reading what you write.

  7. you are a woman after my own heart when you talk about crying so easily….. beautiful music makes me cry….. good news–bad news… whatever it is at the moment…. and am a lover of Grey’s Anatomy as well……. its nice to know we share the same likes…. looking forward to reading your blog each time it appears……. sounds like you made the perfect career choice….and am SOOO glad you did! until next time……………

  8. A mutual friend recommended that I start following your blog. Your layout is very slick. Looking forward to future posts. I’ll spread the word to my own small blog following. Are you on Twitter?

    • Thanks for taking time to check out the blog & thanks for the kind words! I appreciate you spreading the word since I’m new at this. My twitter is @AmyLawrenceESPN – what’s yours??

  9. Sharon Peppers Says:

    I’m gonna look forward to reading your blog. Good luck with this new undertaking. But, now you will definitely never sleep. As Charles Osgood says, “See you on the radio“.

  10. Dan Davilla Says:

    I love listening to you on the radio. Glad to find your Blog — more insight to the person behind the voice. I was hooked listening to you when you filled in for Jason Smith (still feel you were the perfect choice to take over Late Night). Well I will follow your Blog and your ESPN shows at night when I drive home. You are a joy to listen to because of your up beat personality.

  11. Craig Quick Says:

    Amy, Thank you for being you!! Congratulations on your hard work and dedication!! May you continue to succeed at all that you set out to accomplish!!

  12. Jack Murray Says:

    Amy, have you convinced Mel Kiper to say RBI instead of RBIs? Thought so. Good luck with your blog.

  13. You’re awesome! God is totally going to use you I just know it:D you’re writing is great!

  14. Following on Twitter and just catching your blogs …love them

  15. Lou Cesario Says:

    Been following you on twitter and enjoy your tweets but now catching up with your blogs an I love them

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