Um, yea, don’t you know who I am?
I’m Tony Wisniewski, or, as my friends call me, Tony Wiz, and upon winning the Baltimore Sports Media Superstar competition in May, I’m the newest staff writer and on-air personality at WNST.
When I walked into the station yesterday morning, I realized this wasn’t little league anymore.
I saw Drew Forrester, the wily old veteran himself, through the glass of the studio, stringing together poetic brilliance before the seven-o’clock hour. Then I shook hands with the legendary Luke Jones–and it took all I had to avoid paying him homage with a hearty and somewhat fan-boyishly creepy “Luuuuuuuuuke.”
This string of events comes on the heels of being promised a Green Jacket by last year’s BSMS winner, Barry Kamen, receiving emails from Glenn Clark, having Twitter Tweet-versations with Ryan Chell, and sharing late night text messages with Brett Dickinson–um, it’s not what it sounds like.
Alas, for me, nothing will ever be the same–I’m in the Big Show now, baby.
Throughout the tenure of my broken-road of sports media contributions, I never truly thought I’d make it to this point. And, while I facetiously exaggerate the details of meeting and joining the WNST staff, the feelings of appreciation and humbleness serve as the true backdrop to my excitement.
The BSMS competition was tough to compete in due to the expectation of skill, knowledge and polish; even tougher to win because of the talent-level that fiercely competed for the crown. Worthy competitors like Tony Thornton, James Revere, Ethan Stewart, Josh Murr, et al, deserve all the credit in the world for having the cojones to step up for a shot at what I previously noted as “the life of kings.” It’s not a business that’s suited for everyone, but there were certainly guys in this year’s contest who have a future should they truly choose to pursue it.
While I’ve always known that I know sports almost as well as anyone in town and I believed I could hang with the aforementioned big dogs of Baltimore’s only truth-telling all-sports-all-the-time station and media outlet, I never truly expected that I’d be here, writing this post and introducing myself to you, the true Baltimore sports fan that I’ve known, loved, and respected.
I ask this of you, true and real Baltimore sports fan: let’s hangout more often and talk Ravens, O’s, Terps, and even Wizards or Caps (if you must). Let’s hang and grab a beer at WNST events. Let’s rap on the air. Let’s debate on social media.
At the end of the day, we’re cut from the same cloth.
We’re Baltimore people.
We’re sports fans.
We’re like no one else, anywhere else. And it’s because of this that I want you to know who I am–almost as much as I’m looking forward to getting to know you.