A Letter to Lake Charles & Southwest Louisiana from Big Boy Chill: “Thank You”
By now, you've probably heard that my last day of working the night shift on the People's Station 107 Jamz is Friday, January 31, 2020. This is one of the hardest, if not the hardest decision I've ever made in my life, but I'm here to tell you I'm excited about the possibilities to come.
It's simple, there are things happening in my life right now that require that I step out on faith and relocate. About a year ago I read J Prince's The Art & Science of Respect, which lead to an epiphany. That epiphany turned into my present reality, and is a driving force behind my decision to leave my beloved hometown. I'm sad, but trust me, it's for the best that I do this.
I know things won't be easy starting out in unfamiliar territory, but as I look back on my fifteen years working the night shift on 107 Jamz, it wasn't always easy. I've experienced uncertainty of not knowing if I would land the position I'm now leaving behind. I've lost amazing coworkers due to layoffs during the market crash, and sadly, even death. I've survived pay cuts during that same crash, new company ownership, and corporate buyouts. Everything this station has become, came via hard work, sacrifice, and patience. We never let what other people assumed get in the way of what our goal was for 107 Jamz, and that's the part that hurts the most in leaving. I feel like I'm leaving behind a piece of myself. Erik Tee, Gina Cook, and myself built this station together, and I'm going to miss the family we created at 900 North Lakeshore Drive. One things for certain though, family in any form is forever.
I would like to thank all of Southwest Louisiana as well as the entire state of Louisiana, Texas, and every listener, fan, request line caller, winner, rapper, singer, and person who's supported me and this radio station since we flipped formats back in April of 2004. I love, you, and assure you, it's only up from here. Lake Charles, Louisiana is my home, and I'll always represent and remind people where I come from. It's the reason why I am the man I am today.
Thank you, with love. - Philip "Big Boy Chill" Guillory