Despite being pretty much in a permanent state of overwhelming gratitude for all the incredible people and experiences in my life, I thought I’d stop and commemorate the whole Thanksgiving thing that my American friends are about to dive into by posting the Acknowledgements from my Radio in the Digital Age book.
Here’s what I wrote. It’s probably about you:
In a way, I’ve been writing this book for over 20 years. It’s only the typing of it that has happened in the last 12 months. Over those two decades, many people have shaped my thoughts about radio, about the meanings of shifts in technological environments and about how to codify and explain my ideas about them. To single those people out here and explain why each was so important to me would cause the Acknowledgments to exceed the length of the book. Some of those people provided mentorship (whether they knew it or not), others ideas, practical assistance and expert advice. Others have written the words that I quote and refer to in this work, without which I would not be able to think what I think. More have provided the incredibly professional services that have turned my rough manuscript into the polished and finished work you hold in your hands. Still more provided me with the support, indulgence and space I needed to finish this book to a deadline that happened to coincide with some rather significant events in my life.
I’m incredibly grateful to them all, especially to those I’m proud to call my friends and my family, who didn’t just make this book possible, but also gave me the best reasons to write it – and even better ones to finish it.
Naturally, I want to thank everyone – but I’ll make sure to do so in person. Repeatedly.
However, there is one person I can’t thank in person, and so wish to do so publicly. This book is dedicated to the late John Haynes, who not only introduced me to the phenomenon of the ‘thinking radio practitioner’, but also provided me with the best example I have ever encountered. John took me under his wing at the beginning of my career and showed me that radio, technology, culture and the human mind were all things worthy of close and thoughtful examination.
He planted all of the seeds. This book is just one season’s crop.