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Today is the 14th anniversary of the first broadcast Grant and I ever did together. Who would have thought all those years ago that Grant would still be putting up with me after all these years?
I wanted to blog today to tell you that in all the years we've been together, I've never been prouder of Grant than I was yesterday. We've been in some awesome places together. Grant and I have emceed then Governor Leavitt's ball, the night the Olympic torch came to Salt Lake City with Gladys Knight, countless concerts and fundraising dinners, but yesterday - yesterday was the best I've ever seen Grant.
We went out to the Juvenile Correction Facility in West Valley to speak to the kids who are serving time there. There were 80 kids, 40 girls and 40 boys. They probably ranged in age from 12 to 18. Some had very hard faces that would look away the second you'd catch their eye. Some had more childlike, open faces who wanted so much to be seen. Some would have scared you a little if you met them alone, but all of them were children.
I spoke first and did my normal overly enthusiastic thing. I talked about all the jobs I've had and how whatever bad decisions they've made that landed them here, those are not the last decisions they ever get to make. What I'm interested in are the decisions they'll make today and tomorrow. I got a few laughs, a little engagement, just because I'm so loud and over the top.
Then Grant spoke. He shared stories about people who had turned their lives around. He asked the kids to think about people they trusted in their lives and to imagine what it would be like when they've earned someone else's trust. And then he told them that they need to know that there are many, many people, most who they'll never meet, who are on their side. "Grant and Amanda are on your side," he said, and the room fell silent.
I knew at that moment that those kids felt loved. In some small way, they knew that these two radio people had come to see them because they mattered. They mattered to us, and to other people they didn't even know.
I don't like to exaggerate (OK - yes I do), but I truly think Grant may have saved a life yesterday. You just never know how much someone needs love when you're strong enough to show it. Grant was so strong yesterday, and in 14 years I've never been more grateful for my radio partner.