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It’s Not Goodbye Boise – It’s See You Next Door

Meagan Cramer / Townsquare Media
Meagan Cramer / Townsquare Media

Today is my last day talking to you on 103.5 KISS FM.

Don’t worry, I’m not going far. More on that in a minute.

About two years ago, I received a random Facebook message about how 103.5 KISS FM in Boise was looking for a new morning show. Kekeluv held it down for the better part of a decade, and was looking to rearrange his work life a little to be able to be the best father and husband he could be. I wasn’t expecting the call, but after being in Seattle for two years (where I was working at the time), I had heard a lot about “that killer pop station in Boise.” I jumped on the first flight I could, and next thing you know, Cruise & Box was born.

Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media
Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media

To say we’ve done it all in the 18 months we’ve been talking to you in the morning is an accurate statement. From completely bombing with our “Tap Dat App” Boise Music Festival performance, speaking to tens of thousands of you at Boise Pride in support of our LGBT brothers and sisters, to crying alongside you after the shooting at Pulse Night Club, to scaring our coworkers to the point where the pee their pants, we’ve had one hell of a ride with you in the Treasure Valley.

Radio is a funny thing. If you told me when I was in high school that I’d be heard in my hometown of Detroit, Flint, all over Indiana, Seattle and Boise, I’d call you crazy. Hell, I’ve been doing this 15 years and I still can’t believe this is my life. Radio has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. The laughs and smiling faces we hear and see every day fuel my fire, and I truly couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life.

The fact that it’s brought me here to Boise has been nothing short of a miracle. Connections and friendships made here in Boise have humbled me to the core…what a killer place to live! A fantastic media company has taken me under their wing, I met the girl I plan on making my wife here, and my dog Marky Mark can’t get enough of smelling every single thing at Shoshone Park.

Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media
Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media

I’d like to thank the entire Kiss FM and Townsquare Media family both past and present for allowing me to evolve my career, and to be a part of the future of this behemoth cluster. Thanks to Kekeluv and Kevin Godwin for putting a proven show in the hands of a wannabe singer. Thank you to Tawsha Box for putting up with my antics day in and day out. A big thanks to Michelle Heart for working endlessly to make the Cruise & Box campaign a larger than life endeavor. Also, thanks to Mateo for getting drunk with me all the time. To thee sir, I declare one fine bep on this finest of days.

Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media

A humble thank you for accepting me and being a part of this ride goes out to Meagan, Joee, Jorge, our energetic promo staff, the never-say-die sales team of Townsquare Media, the Kiss FM digital squad (#bloglife), Kevin Miller for never letting me dim my own flame, Linda and Cindy at the front desk, Wayne Dzubak, Mark Q. Long and Robin Scott, DJ Complex for showing me what the pinnacle of DJing looks like, the enormous smiles of JD and Nicole, our engineer and world’s biggest Eminem fan Jordan, and Jeff Connell for seeing in me what I hope to someday see in myself. The fact that you all continue to accept me during my journey and growth is the ultimate compliment.

Quick shout outs to Shorty, Clay and Gibbons for being my boy-boys when I needed it, which was often.

Most importantly, thank you. If you’ve ever turned on 103.5 Kiss FM, checked out any of our events, been to Boise Music Festival, or heck even just called to win a contest, know that in your doing so you were an intrical part of the dream from a fast-talking kid from Detroit who just wanted to make people laugh.

Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media

Phew. Ok. That was a lot of words. Why all the fanfare?

Starting next week, you can hear me every afternoon on Wow Country 104.3 here in Boise!! Crazy, right? Before I came to Boise, I spent a lot of time in the country music world, so it’ll be just like putting on your favorite cozy sweater for me. I could not be any more ecstatic to be moving next door (literally, their studio shares a wall with the Kiss studio) and dive head-first back into country music. Heck, maybe I’ll even buy me a boat.

Trust when I say this is a fantastic situation for me. Rick, Carly, Ziz, Sari and Rich are welcoming me with open arms, and being a part of that family isn’t a responsibility that will be taken lightly. You guys have my word that you’ll get nothing but my best. Giddyup.

Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media
Chris Cruise / Townsquare Media

Like I said, it’s not “goodbye,” it’s “see you next door.” I’ll be on Wow Country 104.3 starting next week at 3 p.m., and we’re gonna have ourselves one hell of a time. It’s my pleasure to be able to continue to entertain you every day here in the Treasure Valley, which after 18 months I’m convinced is the best place on earth.

Stay hungry and stay humble y’all.

 

 

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