8/13/2012 6:57:00 PM
I would like to introduce you to Josh Hui. You may remember him from the Stollery Radiothon earlyer this year. I met Josh and instantly liked him, he is a kid wise beyond his years, that is partly due to having medical issues that also go well beyond his years, despite that, Josh is a regualar kid, a regular kid with a passion for sports, and the media. Josh spent time with me at the Radiothon and then conned me with a big smile,and a great knowledge of sports into joining the 630 CHED Sports department. Josh Hui is our sports intern. Our goal is to teach Josh the ropes of the sports broadcast bussiness, and to get him to do as much of our work as possible. Josh introduces himself in his first blog post below, we call it Just Joshin' (ya clever, we know) We hope you enjoy Josh as much as we do.
Hello sports fans! Josh here with my first blog! I am a 12 year old sports fanatic. It all began when I was three months old. I had been diagnosed in Vancouver, BC with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia which was where some of my bile ducts were missing and others were blocked causing scarring in my liver. After lots of prayer and a procedure called the Kasai which takes part of my bowel and attaches it to my liver to act as a large bile duct, I had a 30% chance of surviving. After 4-6 months, I was expected to go into liver failure and need a liver transplant but thankfully I have not needed one yet!
In 2001 my family moved to Edmonton where we were given the opportunity to represent the Stollery Childrens Hospital. I still needed to go regularly for blood work, check ups and other tests. In preschool, since I was using the Stollery and doing well, not to mention so darned cute... I was asked to be in the next ad campaign. My face was on buses, billboards, bus benches and even a commercial on tv. Then I got a chance to share my story at a press conference at the Stollery where they discovered my love for golf. From there I was asked to speak at many fundraisers including Tee up For Tots. During that day I got to golf with Ryan Smyth, Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Craig Simpson. I wowed everyone with my golf swing as I had been practicing since I was 4 with neon golf balls in the winter through the snow!
Do you listen to the radio often? If you do, you might notice once a year there is a two day event called Radiothon. Radiothon is how I got into the radio business. I have loved going on the different stations, telling my story and getting to talk sports. If you listen to the radio there is also a small chance you watch TV. Especially news. In 2007 - when the CN Canadian Women's Open came to Edmonton - I got to work with CTV News personalities Erin Isfeld, Darryl McIntyre, Ken Reid and Adam Cook to help cover the event from head to toe as the Junior Correspondent. I was also made CNs Honorary Captain of the Future Links program. Plus, I got to try out my caddying skills working the bag for 99 himself. Yes, thats right, Wayne Gretzky! Not only did I get to caddy for him, I interviewed him too. My questions stumped him and he said I gave him the best interview he ever had. But that wasnt the only highlight from the golf tourney: I also interviewed every player in sight, including my on T.V. girlfriend Morgan Pressel who I rejected giving a kiss on the cheek to at a very young age.(lol). To top it all off, I sank a putt from 40 yards out at the Royal Mafair and it was caught on tape. It was the best week of my life!
Since then, I have played hockey for 6 years. Winning Minor Hockey Week and City Finals. Meanwhile I have continued to co-host for CISN 103.9 with Chris Scheetz and Mike McGuire. Along the way I have met some great role models in sports and broadcasting such as Ryan Smyth who would come into the Stollery late at night to hang out with the kids, Mark Pysyk, Oil Kings captain and Buffalo Sabres 1st round draft pick, who has spent time with kids at the Beach inside the Childrens Hospital playing air hockey. I also got to meet Bob Miller and Jim Fox from Fox Sports West - home of all things L.A. Kings and Jack Michaels and Dan Tencer from 630 CHED also known as: The Oilers Radio Network.
So sit back, relax and get ready to talk hockey prospects, trades, lockouts and everything under the sun, and oh, yeah those other sports too.