Two years and just getting started.....A special thank you story by Tim Gaffney
TORRINGTON: As we approach our two-year anniversary here at Litchfield County Sports.com, I wanted to take a minute and thank some people who have made this journey a great one so far.
Without these people none of this would have been possible and the future would not look as sensational as it does.
We don’t say thanks to friends and neighbors enough these days.
Everybody is so busy getting from point “A” to whatever is beyond point “B”.
Stopping and acknowledging is never a bad thing.
To our readers: It is for you that we do what we do. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough. We hope you enjoy what we are bringing you and contiune to support the wonderful folks who grow their businesses with us. We have only scratched the surface on stories we will be bringing you, stay tuned.
To our advertisers: Without your support, we go dark. It is a very humbling feeling for me as I meet each of you and you trust us enough to spend your hard earned dollars with us. Web-site advertising is a beautiful thing for each of you, our numbers show it and we will always share them with you.
To my colleagues.
Rick Wilson: I am blessed to have one of the most gifted writers I have ever known as part of my team.
But more importantly, I have developed a friendship with a guy who has the same values as I do.
Family, friends and a solid work ethic, combined with an ability to see potential in a crazy idea hatched on the sidewalks of Torrington are just some of the things that make Mr. Wilson a terrific partner.
That and his occasional assertions that I am going to screw myself into the ground by doing a thousand things at once have helped me keep perspective on our mission, our growth and the need to balance what we are doing with the home-front and my pesky day job.
Caroline Wilson and the Rock Star Jonathan: I thank you both for putting up with the endless phone calls and for being big supporters of the project.
Your input and enthusiasm and great tee-shirt and sweatshirt designs are much appreciated.
Patrick Tiscia: Patrick brings a bundle of knowledge to our radio programs while keeping a keen eye on the big picture as it pertains to our local athletes.
On our last Monday night “Litchfield County Sports” program on WAPJ (105.9 and 89.9 F.M.) the topic was the Naugatuck football recruiting scandal involving several Sacred Heart transfers and Greyhound coach Rob Plasky.
While I knew what I had read in the Waterbury Republican newspaper, Pat and Rick brought insight and knowledge that only comes from being out there for as many years as each of them has been.
Our chemistry is what has made us who we are today.
Each member brings something different to the table and that’s why it works.
Thanks for what you do for us Pat, you were there from the start when we drew up on paper what we wanted this machine to eventually look like and I appreciate it.
John Torsiello: “JT” is always someone we can count on for in-depth, thought provoking content in fast order.
Even though I have yet to get him a Litchfield County Sports shirt.
Just ordered a few Mr. T. On the way.
Thanks for being part of our team and we look forward to working with you more in the future.
John Nestor: The newest member of the staff has brought with him a world of sports coverage from The Masters to ESPN to local youth football.
His coverage of the Torrington Titans this summer was top notch as he dove into the beat, got to know the team and contributed features on numerous behind the scene story lines.
Welcome aboard Mr. Nestor, the sky is the limit and we are glad to have you with us.
Tony Turina: Building a great success story requires a structure supported by rock solid beams that help provide a solid foundation.
That person is my friend, Tony Turina who as far back as my Irish memory can remember, was telling me that I had something special.
First, it was my writing which he told me made him feel like he was at the event I covered and written about.
Second, came the business portion of the program and what it would take to create what we did.
Turina never wavers in his support and is never surprised when things go right for us because we continue to do the work.
Much like his Torrington High School Red Raiders basketball teams, we have put the hard work in and with it have come the results.
Thank you my friend and I’ll see you for coffee.
Michael Colangelo: This ESPN super-star has forgotten more about what we are doing then we will ever know but he continues to provide guidance and opportunities.
In October, we will be taking our radio on the ultimate road trip to ESPN in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of the Torrington native.
An avid reader of everything we do, Colangelo has seen the potential in what we have to offer and saw the potential of what makes us a unique business and one that will be vibrant for decades to come.
With about four extra seconds a week available, Colangelo is one busy man but is a good enough friend to always take time to respond to what we may need.
Thanks Mr. C. See you in October.
Chris Carminucci: The president of the Carminucci Sports Group has been sold on what we have been doing since he broke onto the Torrington scene two years ago.
When you get praise from guys like Turina, Colangelo or Carminucci, you know you have earned it. They don’t need to blow smoke at anyone but have each recognized what we have and why it is so unique.
Carminucci, who understands the value of a solid if not crazy work ethic with the best of us, understands the desire to build something from scratch, he has been doing it for years.
See you out there soon Chris, thanks for the counsel and support.
Dale Jones: The energetic “Morning Drive” host on WZBG (97.3 F.M.) has been a great partner with us as we worked to get our name out.
His ability to throw some serious enthusiasm into our on-air ads has been highly successful over the past two years.
Jones has been an avid supporter of the efforts we are taking and I truly appreciate it.
Thanks Mr. Jones! See you on the radio.
There are many, many more players in this game but none more important than my wife Deb, who has been there every step of the way on another journey we take together.
Thank you honey, I love you.
It is my goal to take this on full time on August 26, 2013 when I turn 55-years old.
There are 219 working days left with my day job, Frito Lay, but who’s counting?
Here’s to the start of year number three!!!