Through the years I’ve been privileged to work with some very talented people like Jim Harper who was also one of the classiest guys I’ve ever met. Jim was part of the Harper and Gannon Morning show on WNIC in Detroit and I was the new station consultant. No matter what Jim somehow always managed to look like he had just stepped off the set of the TV series “Miami Vice”.
When Steve Gannon left to do his own thing Jim decided to do his show a little more like Johnny Carson did his which was always my favorite type of morning show to coach after studying the Tonight Show for so many years so Jim and I hit it off instantly. Although I knew from the git go we had a big problem that needed to be fixed immediately. The big problem was that the current Program Director was the type who wanted to do a more music morning show but as I discovered years before you don’t need a talented guy like Jim Harper around to do one of those. I felt the PD was not only gonna be a pain in the ass to deal with he was also standing in the way of Jim becoming a Detroit legend he as destined to become. I informed Jim that the main reason Ron Chapman wanted to be the PD of KVIL in dallas was so he could protect the morning show. Ron was simply not going to answer questions about his morning show to some Music Director who had managed to get himself promoted to the Program Director’s position. My plan was a simple one, we get rid of the current PD and make Jim the temporary Program Director. Jim claimed there wasn’t a chance in hell that Corporate was gonna buy him as the new PD and I agreed, but as I explained everybody is always very comfortable with the word temporary. If they don’t buy this plan Jim I explained we are doomed because they will make us look for the perfect new PD before allowing us to get rid of this guy and by then your morning show will be ruined. I believed as I told Jim that we didn’t have the luxury of time coz the future is now. I don’t remember how long they looked a new PD but I do know they never found one as good as Jim. Don’t you just love when devious plans come together.
Aren’t protest marches kinda old school now.