Dads in the Limelight – Scott Hammer

Our 42nd Dad in the Limelight is Scott Hammer (Zumwalt) radio morning personality on WCDA 106.3 Lexington KY and a producer for the ESPN Sports Radio 1300 in the afternoon. I want to thank Scott for being a part of this series. It has been great reconnected with him and now sharing him with all of you!

1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge) 

My name is Scott Hammer (Scott Zumwalt), I am a 38 year old radio morning personality on WCDA 106.3 Lexington KY and a producer for the ESPN Sports Radio 1300 in the afternoon. I also am a stand-up comedian and singer.
2) Tell me about your family
  … My family is everything. My wife Jessica and I celebrate the birth of our only son Zachary December 17th 2008. He is now a toddler, into everything, but the sweetest little fellow in the world. Jessica is a full time student at the University Of Kentucky and a full time mom.  We’ve together for 6 years and married for 3 1/2.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?  
Along with the usually demands of fatherhood, I guess the biggest challenge for me has been balancing my schedule with my home life. I have a very busy schedule, and the worst part has been only seeing Zachary and Jessica for a few hours a day on some days. I have found my self passing on performance opportunities and instead spending time with my son and wife. 


4) What advice would you give to other fathers?  
Spend as much time as you can with your family and try to balance your time and energy accordingly. Remember that a job, even if it is a performance based job or one in the “Limelight” is still just a job. Don’t let it overshadow your home life.


5) Seeing that you (or your position) is in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? 
It’s been tough. Again, I have had to balance time better and also pass on some jobs because of my family. Here is an interesting story and one that is a perfect example of passing on jobs. As a radio guy, I found out about an opportunity to announce for the Harlem Globetrotters a few years back. I was flown to Phoenix, auditioned for the job and was offered the position. This was before my son was born. And I TURNED THEM DOWN. As a newlywed, I knew the importance of spending time with my family. That job could have opened many doors, and it may remain the big job that “got away”. The job required alot of travel in the U.S. and oveseas, so I decided not to do it. And boy am I glad. Soon after my wife and I concieved Zachary, and I was there throughout the pregnancy and have been there evr since. I talked to Zachary through her belly and he and I and Jessica are VERY close. He is my buddy. I can’t imagine being on the road all the time and only seeing them half the year. So I think that being there is probably the most important thing. Because these children grow up quick!

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?  
To be patient, to let the small stuff roll off your back. To be the best father I can be and to remember my prioroites. It’s easy to let your ego take a hold of you. I am heard by probably 100,000 people evry morning, but my most dedicated listeners? My family.

7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far? 
That I am still learning. I see my friends who have teenagers and many of them are bald. But they USE to have hair. I guess they pulled it out! But seriously, every day is a learning experience. It’s been wonderful. And my family has supported me every step of the way.

8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent? 
Everyday is the most memorable. Seeing my son grow is amazing. His birth was the greatest. But I would have to say that the first time my son smiled at at a very young age, recognizing me as the goofy guy who hollering at him through his momma’s belly, THAT is probably the most memorable. Then again, zachary will probably do something tonight that will trump that. I LOVE FATHERHOOD.

If you have any questions for Scott, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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