2009: Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 came out and was kind of disappointing, a show called Parks and Recreation debuted and I was looking at the end of my college career.
I spent the previous four years with Theresa Martin on the college radio station, WMAR. It was a great outlet for the both of us to talk, play music and have a dumb amount of fun. Worried that I was going to lose that outlet once I was kicked of campus I started a podcast called Tell Me Something I Want to Hear. I interviewed and chatted with friends in my crummy apartment and it was fun. Later on that year I met Jeremy Allen and we started a website to help promote my silly show. It was friendship built on Twitter, it was 2009.
As the show progressed Jeremy and I started talking about ways to expand the site. We met Kelly Cashman and loved the work she was doing on You Are Remarkable, and then we met Brian, Chad and Matt from Multiversity Comics, then we met Richard and Katie from The Skinny Beet. We added more shows and more projects and recruited our friends from all across the country to contribute to the site. As of today we have people from coast to coast. Seriously, Seattle to Maine. We even managed to get my old pal Theresa Martin on board to get some of her creative impulses out. We launched the TMS Blog and were able to write about the things we love. We wrote about music and films and life and love and history and sometimes made a penis joke.
I can honestly say that the people I have met through TMS (the people listed above and so many more) are some of the smartest, most loving, creative and inspiring people I have ever met in my life. I got to officiate a wedding between two of them!
It's now 2015, I have no idea if Jay-Z is even making music anymore and it's time for me to hang up my cap in the leadership role at TMS.
Jeremy and I have had long phone calls, G-chats, texts, snapchats and have decided that I will be stepping down as Creative Director of TellMeSomething.org. It has been a really, really fun couple of years creating things for you all and providing you with some sort of entertainment but the time has come for me to mosey along.
Make no mistake: TMS ISN'T GOING AWAY. Quite the opposite! This site may have started as a place for me to interview my heroes, which I did and it was totally fucking awesome, but it has grown into much more than that. I don't want to jeopardize that.
So, what does this mean for little ol' Dylan? I'll continue to be involved - just less so than before. I'll still continue writing with my beautiful wife Keri for One Hundred Thousand and occasionally for the Blog, but I'll be retiring Tell Me Something I Want To Hear and my involvement with the other projects on the site.
As I look at the future I need to focus time and energy on new projects, which I seriously CANNOT WAIT to tell everyone about. It's going to be fun.
With no sarcasm and all sincerity I love every single person who took the time to look through the site, read an article, listen to a show or send me hate mail (happens less now than it used to).
We'll talk soon. Follow me on Twitter. -DW