On the air, it’s a success story.
“When I heard sports talk radio for the first time, that was always my dream,” said Will West. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for just about my whole life.”
Before the lights ever came on for West it was a very different story. It was a story of struggle, of addiction, of survival.
“I started doing a lot of drugs when I was in high school and it started just experimenting and grew from there into harder drugs, harder drugs, harder drugs,” he admitted.
It took six months for the preacher’s son, the straight-A student from Seymour, to go from never trying a drug in his life to becoming a full-blown addict.
“I don’t know that I realized the addiction for a long time. This is what I wanted to do. I enjoyed it, I liked it a lot and it got to the point where I wanted to do it more than I wanted to do anything else and it got there pretty quickly,” he said.
It wasn’t long before he was kicked out of high school. Eventually, his parents kicked him out of their family home.
“They had to lock all of their wallets at night and money in a lock box briefcase type thing because I would steal their money,” West said.
He would try to keep a job and pay rent for a few month, but he couldn’t hold on for long.
“I would be clean, go out with some friends to a bar one night and then blackout drunk, come to in a bathroom stall with four people I don’t know with a key in my hand having spent $1,000 on cocaine,” he said. “There would be my rent money would be gone, and I would get evicted and I would be back out on the street again.”