Decade Wrap Up #4: A personal and professional look back at the past 10 years

While I am wicked excited to dive head first into 2020, it’s also pretty darn cool to take a look back at 2019, an amazing sports year and the past kick butt sports decade as well. I feel this way as a local fan, and professionally. As sure as the Pats have dug themselves a big post season hole, I am eternally grateful that I have the opportunity to make a living by giving sports opinions.

I started the decade by wrapping up my 6 year run as the afternoon host at WZON AM 620 The Sports Zone in May 2010. But I was lucky enough to keep my nose stuck in the business through the rest of the decade. I wrote columns for the Maine Edge for a couple of years and was a contributor and primary fill in host for a couple of years on Downtown with Rich Kimball on WABI AM and later 92.9FM WEZQ.

When that show was dumped from The Ticket, Jim Churchill invited me to help him start up The Drive on 92.9FM which premiered in January of 2015. It was a fun four years until my dismissal in late 2018. Me getting booted was a result of the growth of the Sports Chowdah, which I started in January of 2017, but in the last two years has really taken off.

In 2019 the Chowdah e mail blast was opened by more than 100,000 readers. This number does not count the numerous sports fans who visit or read our content when it is shared daily on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Our blogs on the BDN Maine site were clicked on almost 200,000 times. Thank you to Pete Warner and the folks at the Bangor Daily News for allowing me access to their awesome website.

Jeff’s Take on WABI TV 5 reaches thousands of viewers weekly. Shout out to GM Kim Lee, Eric Gullickson and everyone at WABI TV for their support this past year.

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In March we hosted the biggest Hot Stove event the area has ever seen when Roger Clemens came to Bangor. Curt Schilling was also sensational at his cookout in October.

I write all of that so I can take a pause to reflect on an amazing year and decade, and to write THANK YOU for being a part of the Sports Chowdah. Thank you for reading the blogs, watching the videos, taking part in the polls and for writing me e mails or saying hi when you see me out and about.

I’m not going to bluff you and say that walking away from a great job at a local law firm to start a tiny sports media company wasn’t scary as hell. But as we sit here together on the verge of a new decade, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I hope you also look back on recent years with contentment and pride, and I wish nothing but happiness and success for you and your family.

Happy New Decade!


Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.