"The Voice" is changing things up a bit for Season 15 by adding a celebrity coach.  After countless interviews and auditions, I was somehow chosen to be a part of the show.The whole thing started when I was approached by of former co-worker who now works for KWWL Channel 7, our local NBC affiliate that carries the show.  She told me "The Voice" was looking for radio DJs to be a part of the next season as celebrity coaches and with my permission she would recommend me for a tryout.  I said yes thinking that would be the end of it.  Then I got the call from one of the shows producers inviting me to the auditions in Des Moines.  I made the trip still thinking I had a snowballs chance in he-- of being chosen.  I'll be honest with you, it was a little nerve racking being in front of the camera instead of behind a microphone.  Eventually I felt a little more comfortable in front of the camera and got the hang of it.  I met a lot of other radio DJs from around Iowa and enjoyed the day.  They wouldn't let us watch anyone else's audition so I had no idea how I did.  Then I got the call.  I was picked along with a DJ from Sioux City to represent Iowa in the next round of auditions.  I'll be honest with you, I was shocked to be chosen as a finalist.  Never in a million years did I think I'd make it.

The next step was a flight to California and Universal Studios in Hollywood.  The closer I got to my second round audition, the more nervous I got.  People ask me all the time if I ever get nervous on the radio and my answer has always been NO.  I'm very comfortable behind a microphone. But let me tell you when you walk into "The Voice' studios, your heart can't help but skip a beat.  It's a lot bigger in person!  I managed to control my nerves(sort of) and made it through the audition.  Once again I was not allowed to see anyone else' audition so I had no idea how I did.  After the auditions I headed home thinking that was the end. I enjoyed my 5 minutes of fame but figured it would end there.  No way they would ever choose a small town kid from Cascade.  Well I was wrong.  I got a call from that same former co-worker who told me I'd been chosen as 1 of 4 DJs to be celebrity coaches next season!!  After I dropped the phone and caught my breath I asked her to say it again....it just didn't seem possible.  She repeated the news again. "You've been chosen as a celebrity coach".  I'm getting goosebumps right now just thinking about.  As excited as  I was, i was only able to share the news with my wife.  I had to keep it a secret until today, April 1st.  So get ready for me as a celebrity coach on season 15 of "The Voice"

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