Allen Stone was an iconic, longtime newsperson on WFIL in Philadelphia when one Sunday, the station’s programming suddenly changed from adult music to top 40 and Stone’s career on Monday morning was thought to be over.
The dean of newscasters was told in no uncertain terms that the new rock-and-roll news format that involved loud voices, short sentences, screaming, yes screaming – would be beyond him. After all, he was a dignified adult newscaster.
Stone asked for a chance – one week to prove that he could do it.
Within hours everyone knew Allen Stone could not only do it, but set a high bar for his younger associates to rock the news.
What if he never asked?
What if they never gave him the chance?
Life is a continual audition – always be prepared to ask for the chance to show your stuff.