6/24/2012 1:22:00 PM
We were at a small work gathering this week when I told one of my new coworkers that I thought Prince's Island Park in Eau Claire - just a few minutes from where we are staying until our house is ready this summer - was one of the most spectacular parks I'd seen. There are walking paths along the water, huge green spaces, and a large playground complete with swings hanging from frames in the shapes of giant cowboy hats.
She was surprised I thought it was so spectacular. She said she's lived in Calgary her whole life so it was interesting to have the perspective of a "new" person.
We have to tell you: One week in, 5 shows down, we've developed a theory from our "new" or "outsider" status: Calgary has the nicest people in Canada.
Here's why: Listeners call radio stations for many reasons: Their computer is broken and they need to know the weather; they want to share their thoughts on the Bryan Adams concert; they want to correct you on something ridiculous/false/sensational that you've said; they want to know if they can get 4 tickets to see Iron Maiden instead of two... Jeff and I love taking calls because listeners are the heart of the station.
But here, in Calgary, you call us a Q107 for an entirely different reason: You call us to say WELCOME.
As soon as we started on Monday, the phone lines lit up.
"Welcome to Calgary! You should try this patio ..."
"Welcome to Calgary! Have you been to Banff yet?"
"Welcome to Calgary! I just moved here, too. You'll love it."
And then there was the call this week that surprised us most: Cindy. Cindy called in and played trivia with us. She won John Mellencamp tickets and was thrilled to have them so she could go to the concert with her husband.
Two hours later, Cindy called us back. Uh-oh. What had we done?!
"Hi? Jeff and Sarah? This is Cindy. I have to apologize," she said.
"I won tickets with you and I was so excited, I didn't say WELCOME TO CALGARY. I hope you can forgive me. Welcome! You'll love it!"
It takes a lot for someone - anyone - to take 2 minutes out of their daily grind (getting kids ready, getting hubby out the door on time, getting your own stuff done at work) to find the time to call us back to say "welcome."
It blew us away that Cindy called us back - and that so many of you called just to say "welcome."
We appreciate it. And will never forget it.
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