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Thank you Dustin Cress!
November 30, 2012By Larry Mauter of Bedford High School
Thank you Dustin Cress
The Bedford community, especially the athletic community, is losing a dedicated and hardworking citizen. Dustin Cress, Bedford Football Radio broadcaster and Z108 personality is heading south with his new bride to start their married life together.
The Bedford Athletic Department, myself and Bedfordsports.com, as well the entire community want to thank Dustin for all he has done to bring the people to Bedford and Bedford to the people. We wish Dustin and his wife, Stacey the best of luck and well wishes for their future.
Below is Dustin’s letter to his friends, co-workers and the Bedford community.
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to let you all know that this past season was my last behind the microphone broadcasting Bedford Football on Friday nights. Stacey has accepted a job in suburban Cincinnati, and in 2013, Southwestern Ohio will become our home. I am so honored that I have had the chance to work with Z108 & bedfordsports.com in order to do something that not many other high schools anywhere are able to do--- bring live coverage of their football team back to their communities each and every week. The memories made over the past years will stay with me forever. Being the radio voice of the ONLY undefeated regular season in Bedford history, and now this historic playoff streak have truly been a great joy and a great privilege.
There are so many people that I need to thank. First of all, to my mentor, Mike Murphy: I don’t even know where I would be if it wasn’t for the fact that I signed up for your broadcasting class 12 years ago. You pushed me and challenged me unlike any other teacher I ever had. It was truly a blessing to call you my teacher. It is a far greater blessing to call you and Alice my friends. To Rob Watson & Dan Roth: What can I say? The two of you are more like brothers to me than friends. I have loved each and every second the three of us have shared doing these broadcasts. The main reason I was doing this was to spend time with the two of you. You are two of the best gifts God ever gave me.
To Mickey Kent: you have had one of the most challenging jobs I think I’ve ever witnessed over the past few years. You have been a good friend to us and I want you to know that I appreciate your support and allowing us to continue broadcasting these past 4 years since you took over the TV & Radio Program. Thanks to your wife, Maureen, for sharing you with us each week. I know she would have much rather had you at home with her.
There are so many others, and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I feel like I have to personally thank Jeff Wood, Mark German, & Bill Regnier for being so supportive of us. You went out of your way to help us sound good and bring good information to the Kicking Mule Nation. You are all truly remarkable men and I am proud to have been associated with you. I also want to thank Chuck Faller, Pam Krell, Laura Collins, & Gene and Linda Stock. The Alumni Association’s support for our broadcasts has not gone unnoticed. Your love for Bedford High School should be a model for everyone else to follow.
I also need to publically thank my wonderful wife, Stacey, for putting up with me chasing after my passion for the past 3 years since we’ve been together. Honey, I love you for letting me do this and follow my dream. Now I am proud and happy to follow you to Cincinnati to follow yours.
Hopefully this isn’t the end of the road for my broadcasting career, or hobby, or obsession, which ever you want to call it. I will be exploring possibilities and hopefully someday I’ll make it back behind a microphone. If that day ever comes, I will be thinking of you Bedford. Thank you for being my home when I didn’t have any place else to turn, and thank you for all of the life lessons I’ve learned and memories I’ve made because of you. No one loves everything embodied in the Kicking Mule Nation more than I do, and I will cherish it always.
November 29, 2012