In the summer of 2008, I was driving down Riverside Drive in Macon, GA and my cell phone rang. Being in Georgia, it’s still legal to answer a cell phone while driving. I did.Ron Frasier with 940 WMAC AM in Macon was on the line. He asked me if I could fill in for the local morning radio host the next day. The host had been arrested earlier that afternoon in a rather bizarre incident.A day on the radio turned into a week on the radio. A week turned into a month. A month turned into almost two months of getting up in the morning at 4:30 a.m. then talking on the radio, some days with no callers, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.For no pay.I loved every minute of it. At the same time, RedState was firing on all cylinders. I’d get off the air and typically do ten radio interviews a week during election season. The interviews were most often with local radio shows. After getting to know some of the hosts, I talked to them, asked how they did show prep, and most said it was just them browsing the net early in the morning.I got to thinking about it. RedState produces some awesome content. Sometimes it is real news nowhere else reported. Sometimes it is insight into news that is helpful. It’s always informative and it is unquestionably authentic conservatism from way the heck outside the beltway mentality that causes so many paragons of conservatism to spout off the latest GOP talking points with no thought to principle.After many, many conversations, the RedState Morning Briefing was launched at the beginning of 2009. I tried a number of formats and finally found one that worked well — enough information to help out without a massively unreadable email (usually). If a story is of interest, a reader can click a link and get all the details.For the past year, I have churned out the Morning Briefing every single week day except Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and now this week, New Years Eve and New Years Day.Over the past year I’ve had the flu, taken a vacation, had a nasty stomach bug, and still before bed each night I’ve put the Morning Briefing together and then gotten up at four o’clock each morning to put the final touches on it, update it as needed, and get it off to be of use to conservatives across the country. Through rain, shine, sleet, snow, the occasional technical outage, stomach bugs, summer, fall, winter, and spring the Morning Briefing gets out the door every morning before 5:00 a.m.It has been a real joy to get up each morning knowing I am having a measurable impact and offering real help to conservatives. I’d like to give a special thanks to the sponsors who now help cover the costs of a growing email. I couldn’t do it without them.And I would not do it without all of you who read it. God bless you all. Have a happy and safe new year. The Morning Briefing will be in your inbox bright and early Monday morning, January 4th. I promise.