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John Hancock joins David to discuss his career and his plans for retirement later this month.

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Everyone, I'm David Chadwick and this is news talk 11 to 99.

Three WBT welcome to the show in case you don't know this is a weekly program that tries to intersect faith and values with different people issues in our culture locally around the world.

It's always a pleasure doing the show now 20 years in the running. It's just been a great ride and many thanks to my friends imperious fine jewelry and Ruth Chris steakhouse for their sponsorship of the show without you. This program would be possible today is one show that I've looked forward to for literally months. As I noticed that on the books so to introduce the program, your friends, listen to this and if you don't know that's the introduction John Hancock show Monday through Friday and John is my special yesterday dear friend great to have you on the program so you finally got to the bottom of the list. All I had to have a show and I thought who can I get on in my producer and your friend at village that how about John Hancock that we have talked about this for a long time. Life just kinda kept on getting in the way and so I'm honored to be here because I know some of the guess you've had before me my answers… Happy to be sitting in the chair. Well I'm glad you're in that year because I really want people to get to know John Hancock may be from a faith and values perspective which I know you air on your show was a part of your commentary but I think for people really get in your heart to know that part of your life would be really meaningful today and I'm 20 years your how many year 29 here – what is it feel like to be in the WBT Hall of Fame. Wow, that says a little humbling to walk past a plaque in the business offices everyday it's it's probably my greatest accomplishment and I'm getting ready to retire or not the defendant about a week. My and I'll leave that plaque behind but I never, never in my wildest dreams.

A thought I'd get something like a bronze plaque to commemorate my time at radio station. I spent time editing and being think I never retire because radio announcers just don't generally ever get the opportunity to retire they get re-fired and I don't get retired yet will hear you are with all of these years here at the station and just the obvious question now is is what is it feel like to realize that the end of 29 years is soon upon you.

Well I think it's going to come in the two chapters I think it's going to be.

I told somebody the other day. I fully expect crime the last 10, 15 minutes of the show, but I think that's can be more out of relief than it is anything else that I think when I get a lot farther down the road will have a chance to reflect and I will look back with any regrets per se, but to have accomplished to a it's weird to walk away from so that you've built all your life. There was a good long time in the 70s were I could get anybody to hire me and then there was there's been some good sites along the way to try to hold on to what I had accomplished thus far and so now to voluntarily be walking away from it is rewarding and I and I do look forward to the alarm clock going off and send my wife off to work for a couple and and and then thinking to myself, you know what he had to do today and the answer being, oh that's right. Nothing. Anything you want to do, but all you know. I also know that I think 3060 days down the road I'll get bored with that. So were were planning on doing some other things as well anymore radio possibilities.

Molly I know why things are as I will be around. You'll still hurt me do a commercial or two in the WBT is left the door open me. So for me, so there could be a commentary or a something in there. We have defined yet. I don't want to define it yet. I'll just wait and see how much it is that I want to do. But no, I'll still be around, and somewhere, shape, form or another. Well I know this is a meaningful statement for my heart to yours and I know I had Bill like my producer and many thousands of others out there feel the same way John, you really are Charlotte's most beloved that there are people who just love you deeply and count on your voice being a voice of reason that they can understand and listen to well assented to a love affair, and I told several people that are coming to town. Over the years show Charlotte you care and healthcare back.

It's a great this is a great community is a lot really loving, caring people here and you bless them wonderfully and magnificently, not just between that 3 to 6 hour in the afternoon here now, but you did some other gigs to along the way your W BT well yeah I very got done I started off 11:51 and night did afternoon instead nights are a good many years. I call that my timeout.

When I was being punished for speaking my mind, including a 1999, only to come back in 2001, but you know if you have anything if I hadn't taken the path that I had taken I probably wouldn't be where I arrived, so I really believe that getting a chance to retire and walk away after 29 years. If I hadn't done nights for that long. If I do been 11:51. For instance, my career would've probably been over a long time ago, so it is what it is. In case you don't know that voices John Hancock, Charlotte's most beloved 3 to 6 in the afternoon, soon to be retired but always re-firing and John when we come back what I want to do is to ask you some faith and values questions your background and we share something together were both PK's down. We both had dad's were ministers and you know that influences you in ways you just can't even begin to explain to people. I think it's a very enclosed fraternity. For those of us who were in that club and want to talk to you about that great fortune, I'm David Chadwick. This is news talk 11 to 99. Three.

WBT will be right back with my friend John Hancock everyone, I'm David Chadwick in his talk 11 to 99. Welcome back to the show what today's program is a very special one for me with my friend but the BBT radio personality John Hancock 3 to 6 every day Monday through Friday.

Retire and move onto another phase of life for him and John. Since this is a faith and values program. My bed is a lot of people would love to know the influence of faith and values on your life.

We might want to start with what I teased with before the end of the last segment were both in a very small fraternity were both PK's preachers kids and can be a blessing or a curse.

In a lot of ways tell us about your background. More specifically, your home like being raised as a PK my dad was not ordained an Episcopal priest until I was 26. Oh wow and so he was a finance guy. He owned a used car lots. He did all sorts of things. He was a true Renaissance man. He was a drummer he was an oil painter. He was worked his way up to become vice president of American National Bank in the in Denver. He at one point of his life we moved to St. Louis and never quite knew why and he traveled a lot and finally years later, we sat down to have a conversation we went to St. Louis because my dad became a lobbyist for a major finance company, a gun toting briefcase Stoughton handed off money to politicians to change votes lobbyist and dad.

I think it had his eyes on the ministry probably Methodist at that time.

Early in his life and then got married and had to quit kids and when went off to war and then then came back and and then met my mom and and had me eventually, but his aspirations to ever follow his theological leanings kinda ended with the with the divorce, especially if he was going to do an Episcopal church so then he lost complete track of himself and that's why we went. That's why he became a lobbyist. All the sudden, then he was. He wanted the car he wanted the house. He wanted the country club. He wanted the prestige she wanted the state status and the standing and and that lasted about 2 1/2 or three years and at that point he I think then said what am I doing and we moved back to Colorado and he took some land that we had in Estes Park, Colorado had 10 acres of land up there and he developed that into condominiums and so that's essentially where I grew up, and then at some point he went back to the University of Colorado and took some classes and that's about the time I was graduating from high school and then he went out to El Cerrito, California to seminary and I spent a year and 1/2 two years out there and then he came back to be ordained at some point under the old what I think what they kinda called loosely. The old man mission of the Episcopal Church and there in the rules and lightened up enough to the point that it was a possibility for him but boy it took him forever to get somebody to Deacon eyes him and that was a struggle because he just couldn't get past. He was good friends with the bishop and told sorry, just couldn't get to that point and then finally they Deacon dim and then after that they ordained him so I was about 2620 turned his collar backwards and and then took his first church it up in the Irving Texas Dallas essentially netted you go with your family. Now I was gone by then. Although I got myself in the tax trouble and so I moved down to Texas and lived with them about the time that was happening.

And so I remember him telling me that if you're going to come live in my house you can have to get up and go to church on Sundays because I can't have people living in my house when I'm trying to tell a congregation you gotta show up and have you the sleep and then on Sunday so you can move back and you know I'll do anything I can for you, but there's gonna be some rules in one of those as you can have to be in church on Sunday morning interview now before then we will part of a church congregation was faith and values. An important part of your family's life. It was a big important part of my life until probably I graduated from high school and then I went off to do my own thing and get myself into trouble and do this that the other and and and live a 70s and 80s lifestyle which probably wasn't in keeping with the Episcopalian values to help with like most teens during that day yeah night and I die they had to have been.

I think you did to some extent by live in that lifestyle. And it did help Cindy back to where my foundation was so I hadn't really maintained a religious thing. It was interesting because going back to it being forced it 20 some odd years old to go back to church every Sunday did make me appreciate what you get out of. And so you did do it. Your father ask you to do all you really are. Every weekend you was living in his house. All the and it was it was his first church so it was pretty interesting to watch him venturing out and and become an Episcopal priest and work with the congregation and is a great little church in San Irving just the greatest people, loving people and they all adopted us like nobody's business. Although my dad was a pretty hard-core conservative Episcopalian priest. He fought with the Episcopalian church long before people were fighting with the Episcopalian church on direction fought with the bishops fought with that he thought that they should stay true to their foundation and that this idea of adhering to society and not holding your ground on some things, whether popular or not galled him to death all the way up till the day he died. Really he fought against the kind of progressive Christianity that started taking liberties with the Scriptures and doctrinal stance absolute interesting so I Dave I told you a story before about mom and I went one Christmas even though sat there in the front pew and dad started preaching his sermon and the sermon essentially was chewing on everybody in church that were there for their one time a year and mom and I On looking at each other like you know I'll go out that's I go out but it was tough love and there were people in the church in that particular congregation that came up to them afterwards and said thank you for that. I needed somebody to ride me on that. And then there were others that said I'll never go back to the church yet. You know my dad used to say all the time. The purpose of preaching is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And I think he did both of those. It's easy to do one. When people are hurting is harder to do the other when you're challenging people to change their wrong behavior. I think talkshows can be the same way.

Sometimes you say things for effect to see what the reactions going to be. But sometimes the good I remember confirmation class. They told us how hard it might be ended. It's hard to be a Christian this what the father Moncrief said, and I thought to myself, like hard to be a Christian.

What are you talking about. We had never been chastised for being Christians.

Nobody never stopped our car on the way to church on Sunday everything along those lines. I had no idea what he meant. I think I didn't really discover what he meant until I got a talk show, and all the tough issues started to come up and you either had to stand true to your Christian faith or you had to cow tell to what society wanted you to believe it was the same battle.

My dad fought interesting and so in some ways by watching him. When I moved to Dallas I cow learn how to handle that battle on the radio to somebody once it is either Christ or culture. It's you, the world or the word they stand in contradiction one another and you gotta make your decision where you stand so you watched your dad go through this and really develop his whole ministry did that have an impact upon you in your faith and values journey. Well, yeah, absolutely. I think my dad was in some ways kind of a decline and fall guy and any was bothered him no and were society was going and I kind I remember thinking to myself why do you care who get into it.

If you if you're headed in the right direction. If you're on the same page with God and Jesus Christ. Why do you care about the rest of society. But now I got a radio talkshow and I care and and I'm not quite sure why I care either, but I do and he did to the point that I think it cut years off of his life.

I mean I really think he cared that much.

It really bothered him what society was doing, and he's been dead now for 26 years. If I were to sit down with him today and telling were society has gone and how comfortable we are with things that he vehemently disagreed with. It would bother him know when, but I I'd I believe in that decline and fall thing. I do think it's gonna happen in my lifetime. Or maybe not even my granddaughters lifetime, but I do think were on the downhill swing. I do think that if you I've said this before.

If you raise a generation on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. It's hard to get him to go back to faith open Sherry, while you know it's interesting. My dad used to say all the time that of the 21 great civilizations that have ever existed. 19 of them were all destroyed from within, and he said there was a cycle that happened in every single one. First it up toward sin, then secondly it would endure sin and then finally you would embrace sin, and he challenged me to do a historical study of all those great civilizations and sure enough, that's exactly what happened and I'm with you I think we got to the point now where we are in not only just enduring sin where embracing at work calling, what's good, evil, and that was evil good, and to me that is the downward slope of every great civilization and I'm not so sure it's not inevitable. I think that's the frailty of man to some extent when you when you do if you won the lottery and were born in the United States at any time. This is always been a country that allowed you freedoms that others didn't allow and and wealth and opportunity in all of that in and if you take full advantage of that. Like I did in the 70s go for the stuff that really is more vice than invaluable then for society decides they're comfortable with that. If they decide they don't want to get up on Sunday morning and put on gray slacks and go to church.

I think you're in trouble. I think that's where we are and we passed on to future generations. That freedom basically means license you can choose whatever you want to do and often times not even think about the results of what that will do to you and to generations to come will and as is always been the case. People are pretty comfortable with saying only I'm a Christian now yeah will you know that'll phrase my dad used to say as well just because you live in a garage doesn't make you an automobile etc. just because you go to church then make you a Christian any more than a man in the moon is something that happens in the heart and when we come back John in the next segment.

That's what I want to explore with you.

It is how his faith got in your heart and how has that been manifested in your radio show when you have callers: from all different perspectives and you have been pretty steadfast and sit stating your views. John Hancock's my guest were talk about his faith and values in this is this talk, 11, 1099. Three.

WBT will be right back yellow ready hi everyone, I'm good to chat with. This is talk limited 99. Three WBT welcome back to the show with my friend John Hancock reminiscing with him about his faith and values. The input of that into his life is.

He is now soon facing retirement and by the way, if you'd like to hear this show in its entirety. Go scroll down to the weekend shows. Look for the David Chadwick show and you can hear the podcast from beginning to end. What a fascinating insight into is into John Hancock's faith and values with Johnny, you talked in the previous segment about your dad being Episcopalian priest and his views being fairly conservative. A concern for culture and its demise.

If he lived today. You know, 25, six years after his death he would be very concerned with work cultures going as are you as well talk about how you integrated faith and values into your show and how you tried to let that inform you as you receive calls from people from all over everywhere. Well, it's my foundation to minimize my folks put a pretty strong Christian foundation in their I'm not so sure I'm not to some extent hypocritical of think we're probably all are not in certain ways, talk shows or are one thing, and then standing up for your for you, for your faith and values is another and I may not have always done that in the in the ways that I probably should have done that.

A lot of people fight with that though today I guess I would almost ask you to run into people all the time that essentially are born again home either born again and it's like they just got a free ticket to heaven and I still cannot believe that you have to earn it in, but people look at me say oh no John if you believe in Jesus Christ herein. Well saying it and and and and and and acting it every day to me are two different things. I don't think there is such a thing as a free ticket I died. I do think there's a responsibility to somehow or another leave a Christian life as opposed to just say I believe in Jesus Christ and maybe that's tougher some people's not tough for me but saying it and then actually going into society, and trying to not only stand up for your faith but do Christian things for other people. One of the reasons this will sound bizarre and I told this to several people.

There was look at me like you know a dog when he turns his head sideways into one of the think of when Billy Graham died and I was not a huge Billy Graham follower but you can't move to Charlotte North Carolina not be influenced by Billy Graham.

And when Billy Graham died we went through that whole week and it just made me want to be a better man, but one of the things about all the stuff I've ever done in Charlotte to help other people is you get salt you get credit for everything and I kinda want to go on to some still philanthropy.

I want to go out and do stuff without getting credit for it without having everybody in town. Know what I did like Jesus said to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing yet. Don't be like the Pharisees who blow a trumpet and draw attention to themselves when they do great works behind the scenes so that your father in heaven sees it, and your reward in heaven is great. It's still selfish.

Anybody that's ever done for somebody else or volunteered. You always get tenfold back from what you put in so it's it still human selfishness. You still doing it because it makes you feel good. Maybe he feels better about yourself, you know, in some cases, on some still working on my final exam.

I want to make sure I pass that one yeah but we know that you asked me, and I'll go in. Answer quickly. I think forgiveness is by grace we can earn it, there's no way we can earn it, but you're making a great point. If the route is right in Jesus.

Then there's got to be the fruit of good works, and a life change that will come thereafter, and Jesus himself said at the judgment. Not all those who call me Lord Morgan enter the kingdom of heaven. There are some faux followers of Christ out there who say they got the grace bit, but their lives don't show it. If you've got grace in your heart, there's gotta be the expression of that grace and giving to the community to other people. What's not really real.

That's what I believe. If the route is there is gotta be the fruit. I have worked for a guy in the 70s that owned a nightclub and he was born again and he would preach that to you.

We would go out and eat dinner or eat breakfast at Denny's at 2 o'clock in the morning after the clubs closed and he would that we have his Bible with him and talk about. I was born again and nephew found God.John and Bob Loblaw, and then you take one of the waitresses home.

I hold an arrow follower. I knew just what it was just a hypocrite right there in front of your face, and I probably turn more people off on religion then you have a personal issue yeah and that's why Jesus greatest enemies were the Pharisees, whom he called hypocrites and income from the Greek word hoop agree toes which means mask that during their plays. They would put on one mask to be a happy person and put on another mask to be a sad person.

It was one person playing two parts and that's what a hypocrite is and it has no place in the kingdom of God. It's a bit being a follower. I didn't want to make sure I phrase this correctly, but a lot of preachers on any given Sunday will go into depth about the gospel or whatever the case maybe. And sometimes I think it makes religion so complex that people almost get lost in the minutia of it all. And it's not the God I know made this pretty darn simple.

You don't have to have a Masters in religion to get in.

You just have to to live the life so it sometimes I think that we go so did so deep and try to explain things to such a degree that we almost make it too complex for people to follow you.

There is a great theologian of the 20th century named Karl Barth tease: eat neo-orthodox theologian, and many people like him.

Some people don't like him, but at the end of his life is.

He lived out his life, especially going to the prisons every single week and caring for prisoners on his deathbed, he was asked by someone how do you put the gospel into one sentence, make it six think so everybody can understand it. Now here's a man who wrote volumes about Christian theology and ecclesiology in ethics and values and all that kind of thing. And here's what Bart said on his deathbed, he said, here is the Christian gospel in a nutshell, Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so it really is the truth I'm loved deeply by God. The Bible tells me that if I'm loved by him. My call is to love other people for for God so loved the world, have them in on Harry. That said, may be a rainbow guy at a sporting event, but it also carries a lot of truth yeah it really does. If you could just get that down.

How our lives would change IN every program with these words.

Hate bottom line. All of the Bible in one sentence is love God and love your neighbor if you do those two things have a lifetime's worth of work to do.

It really is that simple.

If you want to go.

Love God prove it by loving that which God loves most in the world, and that your neighbor there created in the image of God.

So when you go love them and care for them. Your loving God and everybody did that John what a nice world we have to live in well your life run smoother. I don't think there's any proof of that. But when you do good things for other people or you don't do things you're not supposed to be doing. I think your life run smoother. My life is run dry fairly smooth than me and I haven't had obstacles in an tragedy, and so on and so forth. But in this world you will have tribulations. Jesus said nobody escapes them. They happen to us all, all, but it makes stronger today.

I mean, when it's all said and done, that is, like what is retirement thing I'm get ready to go through right now when I look back on it. No I don't have any regrets now when I really get down to the detail I got all sorts of things that I wish been different regrets in summer is over, but as a whole wouldn't take that I would give up the path that I took to get here for all the money in the world, not because it wasn't wasn't easy or was easiest. Because what I learned out of all you've talked about maybe doing stealth giving and caring in all of that stuff might you be involved in charity work. After this is all now you know I absolutely will, but you'll never know about it will be personal more. Do you have a specific charity that really touches your heart.

Well obviously something at Christmas time and give you a chance that as a kids first always be involved with kids first because we just we've impacted 35 40,000 kids doing that, and thus always do that.

I have an awful lot of people senior, back on March 16 to do your Father's Day Archie John. That was the day my dad died and we've done a thing on the radio called Father's Day every year were people calling to talk about their dads. I'm not coming in for that but know I'll be involved with kids first. But there's other stuff out there big brothers always been so that kind of appeal to me but it then this will have to be an organization organization it you know there's a homeless camp hundred and 50 yards from here, so you know maybe I'll go down there with them. I have Hancock coffee mugs, maybe they can use one like that. That sounds like a lot of fun. You really have a heart for kids, don't you, that that seems to be is an old people. Elderly people, people can't fend for themselves.

The underdog waveguide. I like the underdog, but I also expect you to solve some of your own problems, and so I got a kid that's a safe kids and elderly people that take advantage of elderly that really that really raises the hackles of my that that bothers me a lot, yen, and listening to you to. You don't have a whole lot of patients with the victim mentality either seemed like you want people to take some responsibility for their lives know absolutely do. I absolutely do I not I think an awful lot of the problems we have today are from the from people that haven't taken responsibility for their actions. Kids out of wedlock and no direction.

After that, and you know I are our problems are solvable in it. It's just people get their act together and going back to the foundation in the basics of where we were to start with. Now, for me it's the family too much to its it's we are breaking apart the very fabric of our society. This made a strong you know your dad's influence on your life. My dad's influence on my life and so many issues that I see an arc culture are calls of fatherlessness and we don't have dads at home really caring for their kids teaching them values walking with them being faithful and loyal and that's what I want to see return to is a part of our nation's history, absolutely. Even if it's just sitting at the dinner table every night eating dinner together didn't sound like it's all that important, but that was the foundation of awful lot of us are found are being in that voice is John Hancock. I'm David Chadwick. We have only one more segment, but let's get into John now where we go from here and will be right back. Everyone Chadwick will go and for those of you who are John Hancock and recognize that peace is the way he closes his show with John, what's the story behind that story my dad died back in March 1994 I pretty much drove my whole audience through a been in a coma for 10 days and so we went through all of that and then we got to the day that he passed away and I came in and did our first Father's Day and said you as you will know I've been preoccupied with my dad but once you call and tell me about yours and they did for three hours and it was just the most honest radio I never heard so after that show was over, got on a plane went back to Colorado and then buried my dad, but in that process of being in my dad's house and know with it with my mom and no sort of so forth. I went back to his room and his chest of drawers and that I was getting ready to get married. I was probably four months from being married and I found his wedding ring and dad never wore his jewelry buddy. He just didn't like jewelry.

Not for any reason. I don't think, and it was it was cool with my mom. Everything was they were found his wedding ring and so I decided right then and there that if you would let me have it that I've been I've been I were to this day and then at one point I went into his study and I was sitting in his chair at his desk, and I looked over and there was his CD player and his stereo and I turned on his CD player and hit that tray open and out pulled the tray and there came this buddy Rich CD so my dad was a drummer in an end of swing jazz aficionado and summer resort so I knew that was the last CD.

He never listen to and I just kinda found a song I don't know if that was his last song or not, but I do know that was his last album and so I just kinda pulled that song out and we been stealthily closing the show with it since 1994 and it just kinda my own little quiet salute to my dad about you know hey I'm I have forgotten you.

I owe him. He never took the easy way out. I was I was a challenge.

They sent me to private schools. They sent me to military school. They did everything they could to try to find a direction for me and I think he knew that when he died that I had found as I had just arrived here two years earlier. Some I don't think he ever thought I'd pull 29 years here, but I think he thought maybe all the hard work was worth it, but I I can't even begin to tell you the hell I said that man through so that's just a nice slow quiet salute to him that I can do on a daily basis without get this deep as I do have to. We had any chance you have your mom influence on your life.


And so proud of her candidacy straight. She's a Stanley Marcus model old the Stanley Marcus model low so I got pictures of the Stanley Marcus will hold me on his lap. I should have been nicer to him. But she said she was. One is the Stanley Marcus girls out of Dallas Texas. Beautiful woman.

She's 93.

She still beautiful and and her faith.

The boy said to my dad was an Episcopal priest, but she is the religious one of the family should her face is pretty is, for it is pretty strong. You know I have this feeling that all around us are cloud of witnesses like the Bible says I just got a feeling your dad is listening to the show right now and he's having a chance to hear you talk about your love for him. Of course, your mom knows that because you still have the opportunity to tell her yeah I resent the way it works. I don't know if that's how it works or not. I really do believe that I sometimes feel my mom and dad's presence around me.

I know that I can't see them but just the year. They're just there, every time I lose a pet. I tell them you'll find dad and you know I got went through that.

Are you are our pets with the theological vision for pets and my dad would've told you that still go to heaven but I figured if it's heaven. They gotta be there if it's if it's a good a place I gotta be there. Well, I was tell go find dad's eyes the day I assume dad is so busy with my 15 pets. I've said in him may not have time to last another shadow.

I picture him on the other side of this gate say and it's good to see you now take these damn dogs.

I leave you alone.

These eavesdropping obtaining her what you just said good night, John. You can talk a little better than that.

Now come on fella what are you going to miss most in leaving this radio gig. Probably the platform I have for you. When I quit here 1999 had to management troubles and left for a couple years, three days after I quit and left.

Columbine happened in my home state and I didn't have that platform to tell people what I thought. So there I was sitting at home with nobody to talk to.

I can talk to my wife, which night it was.

So I think just having the platform to do it every day. I'm sure all will miss that.

What will you miss least the corporate part of it. Just the day-to-day corporate however you want to classify that I've never been there, as you well know, I've never been very corporate. I don't dress the part. I need a haircut. I got midnight I just have never been much of a corporate guy can and sometimes corporate decisions I think are wrong decisions so I don't mean to be negative and I understand you can't run without them either, but I won't miss the the I will miss the parent company is that we've had very much I've run across some great people in those companies but I won't miss the entities of of ownership at all will believe it or not, we only have a couple minutes left in the show and I want to give you a chance to take this microphone and speak to this community from your heart through the lenses of faith and values. What would you say well I would say thank you to start with. When I got here I was, it was not popular and replaced it was perceived that I had replaced the very popular HA Thompson and so it started off a little rough but like I said earlier, as soon as they found out that I wanted to care about them than they cared back and kids first is evidence of that in our Father's Day program is evidence of that.

But listen when my dad died, and I still have them. This is before email and all that stuff. I bet you I have 300 cards and letters in a stack at home for people that took the time to write me and tell me that they were sorry to hear about my dad. So I do, I just I just appreciate the people of Charlotte and I know and then it it is a city of churches and that says a lot about John. A lot of people don't know your real name is David Hancock and of course my name is David as well and my mom and dad name me that hoping that's who I would become the name David in the Hebrew means beloved and you are entitled Charlotte's most beloved as John David Hancock and I think now I know why you're so beloved male you know I gave that name to myself.

We have our radio stick, no way, but that you are truly a beloved figure in this community you will be missed on this radio station, but you've been planted in the hearts of so many thousands of people.

I don't think you'll ever ever be forgotten. It's an honor to call you my friend will thank you. Much as been an honor to be on the show.

Why hope that the future holds great and bright things for you. Are you going to travel some at all. We might wear our thinking bucket list trip. South Africa might be in the zone, someplace that I never thought I would be before and I'm sure there's a few trips back to Colorado and back that's that's still wrecking my soul. I still love those Rocky Mountains and where your mom Dallas Texas Dallas Texas. Would you be able to go see her on absolutely more readily in the great thing in your life as well. Well, I just want to say for your 29 years here you've touched so many for the 20 years I've known you. It's been a pleasure. Keep your heart so beautifully woven toward those who are in need and give yourself away and you'll find that life. I don't think that's a bad thing. I think I will bid into the universe. It's called the law of reciprocity would you give away you get back and I think it's a way he uses to motivate us in a way to give our lives away. Amen John Hancock thank you my dear friend thank you God bless you and everyone would you do this favor for me every week I in this show the same way. Please love God with all your heart, soul, mind and might this work begins and then love your neighbor as yourself. The people God loves most of the world are those with his image stamped on it. Your neighbor will love them and if you just do those two things.

You have a lifetime's worth of work to do. I David Chadwick, this is just talk 1110 993 WBT talk wall next week

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