A special moment for a special radio sportscaster
BROOMALL, Pa. - January 21, 2011 (WPVI) -- The world of sports talk radio can be relentless especially in this town, but a Lafayette Hill fourth grader gives sports radio talk shows a breath of fresh air, and may even steal your heart.
It may sound like any local sports talk radio show, but take a peek inside the studio, sitting in a not-so-typical hosts chair is a not-so-typical host, who really knows his stuff.
"I bet you most of us didn't get the Packer Game. They can't execute blitzes and execute premium blitzes. Come on, 3 and 7? While you were with a great, great quarterback?" says Jamie Convey.
Every Saturday morning, 9 year old Jamie Convey hosts his own sports talk radio show on the internet.
It's an idea he came up with on his own this year, and it's not just a hobby, it's a passion, and quite possibly, a calling.
Jamie was born premature, and doctors soon discovered he had cerebral palsy. But he hasn't let a physical limitation keep him out of the game.
"I'm super impressed. He blows me away all the time with the knowledge he has," says Dad, Jim Convey.
"The first show, I was like, oh, I'm not sure if I want to do this. But I grew into it, and I realized it's something I'm really talented at," said Jamie.
The calls flood in, sometimes from regulars.
"Hey, Jamie it's Uncle Chris."
"Uncle Chris! Thanks for calling in on this Martin Luther King Day," Jamie said.
But on one special day, Jamie received a call from a very special first-time caller, the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Jamie? This is Merrill Reese calling. Tell me, who are you picking this week?" asked Merrill Reese.
"Merrill, Merrill, Merrill& you're putting me on the spot here! But I think the Steelers have may have the best chance to go all the way," said Jamie.
"Well, your show sounds terrific, and I want to wish you the best of luck," Merrill said.
"Well what about the nice surprise?" said Jamie to his audience. "I don't think anyone was expecting that; our thanks to Merrill Reese for being on with us today."
A special moment for a special kid, and for his father, who can't help but smile, at just how far he's come.
"As anyone out there with children with disabilities knows, it is absolutely life changing, and there isn't a minute of the day that you don't think about it. You just want the best for him, and you know I'd give anything to be the one stricken with the disability, and let him live the life that I've lived. But he is always had a positive attitude his entire life," said Jim Convey.
"There's a lot of stuff to do in the world," said Jamie. "You just have to find something to do, and I'm sure that a lot of people with disabilities find things to do that they really enjoy, as I have with my radio show."
When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said being a radio talk show host is just one of many possibilities. A lawyer is also high on his list.
It is hard to give Jamie and his intellect justice. You have to hear him for yourself. Check out Jamie's show every Saturday at 10:00am, and maybe even give him a call. You might be amazed.
Here's a link to Jamie's talk radio show:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jamie-c1
"Hopefully, you'll join me next Saturday," Jamie tells his listeners, "until then, bye, bye."
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