Geo’s Media Blog (A Bunch more Comments)

Comments from Geo’s Media Blog.

Doug Chapell: George, Funny thing between Canada and the USA many Canadians think it is wrong for Trump to want to have the Southern border secure from Latinos crossing illegally into the USA BUT they are also pissed that Trudeau is allowing/encouraging illegal immigrants flowing across the border at Champlain NY into Quebec “OTTAWA – Canadian officials in Nigeria are working with the U.S. on developing tools to flag Nigerians applying for U.S. visas who may be at “high risk” of crossing illegally into Canada across the U.S. border.
So far this year, the majority of illegal migrants arriving in Canada are Nigerians who have recently been issued U.S. travel visas.”

Canada has become the Nation of the double standard.

Geo: All countries think that the folks that they don’t want are much worse than the people that other countries are rejecting Doug.

Tom Hoyt: George, I love ya man…..but as I see this weekly, I am bemused by your always referencing Canada and Fairbanks. Great stories but what about KFROG and the stuff Joe asked you to do?  Every once in a while I see a reference to Joe and Betsy but KFROG was also a big success…Joe w’ the investment $ and yours truly executing the plan…..I was there for 16 years, with Amaturo, American Radio, and CBS and many of the folks I put in place are still there today. Scott of The Frogmen in the Morning, Leslie Bischoff the Marketing/Promotions gal, Michael Valenzuela, a sales guy I hired from XEROX who is Entercom’s Market Manager today, and 3 or 4 AE’s still selling.

You have had a hand in all of that….ever think of a column on KFRG/KXFG/KVFG/KEZN?  They deserve some props…..just my view.

Geo: Ahh, but I do have some Frog stories, Tom, after being involved with the Frog for a few years myself. I remember your new bride from Russia saying after she finally arrived in America, “Tom, I can’t believe that you live this close to Disneyland (50 miles) and you’re not there every day? Or how about you and I being very aware of the fact that he who has the best-looking ladies on their arm at the party, owns the party. I remember our killing it that night in Malibu. Then there’s the night after eating at Spago’s in Beverly Hills, you graciously carried a fair maiden’s doggy bag down the street to an exclusive new club for her. They, of course, got right in got in but after getting some disparaging looks from the bouncers, we were rejected. Also, your ability to get a Cardinal who wore cowboy boots to bless the new studios. As I recall we had a great book. Tom, the Muses give me this stuff but they do it chronologically, I’m not at the Frog days yet but I will be. Buckle up!

Steve Michaels: KZZY to KLLS in San Antonio.  I didn’t know what greatness I was with when I was in the Alamo City.  Thanks, George!

Jim Ford: I loved the Class FM format which I listened to in Wichita on KLZS. It played mostly currents and recurrents and didn’t get too old. I really liked the concept.

Glen Livingston: Thanks, George. Winnipeg’s loss was our gain when Daryl B relocated to Vancouver and became a CKLG boss jock. Listening to his show was the highlight of my day!

Geo: Daryl was not only a great friend of mine Glen, but he also produced my first record and got me the Music Director’s job at CKY which kick-started my whole radio career.

JJ: Yes, I always thought it was very interesting how politicians get so wealthy on their salary, hmmm.

Geo: They’re all just a heartbeat away from jail at all times Jenn Jenn.

Jack Schell: Hey George!
Polite/nice/kind of you to use the word “demise” of KVIL in the first sentence.  Of course, we all (especially those of us named herein) know the bottom line is “death.”  The whole thing is truly a heartbreaker.
I tuned in to 103 for about 30 minutes while driving in Dallas a few days ago…wanting to get a sense of the music, the station’s pace, the spoken content….its overall sound…its general mood.  It was kinda tricky.
Let me say that I’m sure the staff, management, consultants and whoever was putting it all together were doing their best to make it all work.
Believe me, George, I happen to like a WIDE variety of music types…from dance to easy listening…rock, folk, ballads, R & B, country…even hip-hop and Rachmaninoff!…to name only a few.
Bottom line? At the end of the thirty minutes I realized I had no idea what I had heard…was it great?…was it good?…was it bad?  Couldn’t say.  The main thing I could quantify was that much of the music had that magical 120 beats per minute.
Like you say, “…lots of memories.”  I happen to think IN THE AIR TONIGHT (Phil Collins) is still a winner…and would love to have been in the control room to play DON’T BE FALLING IN LOVE – AS SHE’S WALKING AWAY (Zac Brown Band – w/Alan Jackson) etc., etc…
Could Pandora or Spotify be today’s KVIL?  I hear them EVERYWHERE!
Oh well, enough said…my 50-second+ break is way over.  Glad you put the blog together.  Really.  Over and O U T…Jack.

Geo: Yes, you’re right Jack, death is a better word and she began dying when CBS started installing their New York ways of doing things. Why do New Yorkers always think they know better? Kay-Ville began taking on water the moment they decided that Ron Chapman was an “oldies” jock. The day they put him on KLUV was the end my friend and she never recovered from it. I’m writing her obituary even as you read this.

Wilson Parasiuk: Hi George,
Our old friend from home, Ermanno died of pancreatic cancer. I tried to help him with the alternative immunotherapy approach that saved my life from untreatable cancer 34 years ago. Ermanno was too far gone for it to work. Also, he had a nightmare in the hospital and pulled out all his tubes wrecking any hopes for him. Sad!
Subsequently, 4 people with pancreatic cancer have tried the alternative approach I used and are alive, with no side effects. This approach is inexpensive and can’t be patented so drug companies are not interested. The various cancer agencies seem to be caught up with the drug companies. Money keeps pouring in on the supposed ‘War on Cancer’ but outcomes remain mediocre at best, and terrible for pancreatic cancer. Pity! 
Keep trucking, my friend.
Willy.

Geo: A very sad day for us all Willy.

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