It was two years ago today (August 7,2019) when I made radio history atop the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. That's not when it began... to be technical it began in the 1960's when my Mom would bring us to the tower to explore the museum and climb (more like run) to the top. We did this countless times and it was always a treat full of excitement. Now lets get closer to the big event. I was broadcasting live one day at Seamen's Bank on Commercial street and my friend Lori Meads who is the banks President & CEO asked if I would like to have Dr. K David Weidner, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum on the air to promote what's happening at the tower and the upcoming 400th celebration of the Pilgrims landing in Provincetown.
I was more than happy to share some airtime with David and as the conversation was winding down I had mentioned that I would love to be the very first person to broadcast live at the top and he smiled and agreed it should happen. Now back to 8/7/19... The big day came and I was first on the grounds getting a spot set for our tent and equipment and to get ready for multiple trips to the top. The tower stands 252 feet and is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.
Here's what I noted that day on social media: "I began my radio journey in '77, I've climbed the tower countless times since I was a child. Now to be the first person to broadcast live from the top of the Pilgrim Monument - It's all by design, it's all in the plan, destiny and history all in one. I am so pumped and I better be I'll be climbing that beast at least 7 times"
While the entire show wasn't from the top I did climb the 116 steps and 60 ramps combo 7 times and it was like I was a kid again - the first few times...LOL...
I was raised in the small town of Hopedale and summered in North Truro and then moved to the Cape full time so the tower has always been a part of my life. I find it interesting that on August 5th, 1910 - One hundred and nine years and 2 days earlier - The man who lived in a mansion next door to our Hopedale home Massachusetts Governor Eden Draper, was present at the towers dedication and spoke just before President Howard Taft. Another interesting item: My bedroom in the old home I was raised in had no closets. It was a stand alone room and years later when I began my journey in radio my Mom had mentioned that the previous owner had used that room as his radio/short wave room hence the 'destiny & History".
That day will always fill me with pride and a good portion of my life's journey came full circle that day. Thanks to Lori Meads, Dr. David Weidner, The Momument/Museum crew and WCOD Promotions Director Nina Jackson for help making a dream come true.
final note: on September 11,2017 BBC 1 from England broadcasted live from the museum which pushed me even further to one day doing it from the top. :)