Could’ve Had Her!

1451964_10152301730359307_248599457_nWhen I first began consulting I was based in beautiful San Diego at KOGO & KLZZ where the Class FM format was a fairly new concept so I had to have weekly staff meetings to get everyone up to speed. One of the people who attended these sessions was our news guy Steve Tom who was so funny he even use to break himself up during a newscast or two. Steve who went on to become a successful Hollywood actor was very hard to control back then and probably still is today. I don’t think Steve can help himself because he has a constant need to entertain everybody.Jamie who was one of our news people once told me she remembered being in a staff meeting where she noticed Steve roll up some paper and throw it at me. I was in the middle of explaining exactly how the Class concept worked and she thought I hadn’t noticed what was happening and was sure the paper was going to hit and ruin the whole meeting. At the very last moment she said I moved my head ever so slightly letting it pass by and she claimed I could’ve had her right then!

The Hunny Bunny once told me that seeing as most bartenders steal the trick is to hire the ones who steal the least. I think this concept may also apply to our politicians.

Now let me see if I’ve got this straight …  The stock market has very little to do with the economy anymore and big business no longer provides many jobs for Americans because it moves almost everything overseas. Yet the Republicans and Democrats both go out of their way to protect them both. What am I missing? What’s that you say … You claim it may have something to do with political contributions. Surely not!

What ever happened to Joe Biden.

Whomever got all that stuff done for the handicapped should be running our country.

18 years ago my beautiful Daughter Camera Anne Johns Summerfield was born. Whew where did the time go. I’m just so grateful I’m still around to see her become the special Woman she is.

Much as we don’t want to believe it there really is no such a thing as a free lunch.

Whatever most of America doesn’t want America’s gonna get!

OK The 3 Lies Have Been Updated For 2013.

1.The Check’s in the mail.
2. I gave at the office.
3.You can keep your current health plan.

What do the signs mean that read “Crime Free Neighborhood” if all we need to do is put up f##king signs lets put ’em up everywhere.

It’s The Game Stupid!

1.Where would Jordan be without Basketball.
2.Namath without Football.
3.Pappi without Baseball.
4.And Gretzky without Hockey.

Do thugs not realize we have them spotted and of course we profile.

As smart as some folks kindly claim I may be they just don’t realize how I’ve managed to drive off every Woman whoever told me she loved me. How f**king smart is that!

Even though content is King it’s available everywhere, performance is not.

One of the toughest things for me to handle when going from the National PD of Fairbanks to a Radio Consultant was to adjust to the fact that maybe all my ideas weren’t as brilliant as they used to be.

The listeners know good Radio when they hear it’s just Radio people who do not.

Most folks aren’t sure what they want to hear on the Radio but they know exactly what they don’t wanna hear.

If the pursuit of happiness is happiness why isn’t the pursuit of profit not always profitable.

When things go wrong you never get to complain to the people who made them go wrong or can do anything about them.

I’n the last 18 years I’ve been called a lotta things but my favorites are going from … Da Da to Daddy to Dad to Dude and now back to Daddy again which is my all time favorite.

Folks claim I spoil my Daughter Cami but they don’t realize the reason I do is to teach her a life lesson. As long as she does real good in school I’m going to reward her just like the companies in the real world do to all their over achievers.

Bosses don’t need no stinkin’ credentials!

My folks use to go south to Grand Forks ND for the weekend just to enjoy the great American service. I wonder how many Canadians bother doing that today.

Why is the speed of light absolute.

Have you ever noticed that even during bad economic times Oil Companies and Pharmaceutical Companies still have record breaking years.

The infamous 3rd eye doesn’t let silly things like logic or reason deter it from it’s ultimate goal.

Can anybody tell me what they are saying on the drive through speaker at McDonald’s.

Even though USA TODAY is a huge national paper it’s not near as big as a school newspaper locally. What about that part does Radio not get.

Did I miss the ceremony where they inducted the sales people into the Radio Hall Of Fame.

Hey Paul Barsky who had some bones fused in his back is on the mend and starting to be funny again. Great to hear Barsk!

The bad news is I went through a couple of million dollars, the good news is I’m pretty happy unlike a lot who didn’t.

Some Women claim as their Men get older they don’t hear as well as they used to but I’m hear to say Men always hear what they wanna hear.

Do the coaches and management of the Dolphins think by suspending Richie Incognito that they have actually covered up their own incompetence.




10 thoughts on “Could’ve Had Her!

  1. Your ideas are just as brilliant as ever BUT you have to be in a situation where the station owners will allow you to do them! All of the stations where you did that became number ONE!

  2. Jason I learned a long time ago from Jim Hilliard that it is all in the presentation. I don’t remember too many owners or managers embracing most of the things I wanted to do on the radio. In fact I spent more time on my presentation of the idea than I did the idea and the best I ever got was a reluctant yes. When I became an owner you should have heard my presentation to myself when I came up with the idea to use my beautiful home in Coronado to guarantee Craig Walker’s deal with us in Portland at K103.

  3. Great reading, as usual. Hey, George. I was set to become the apd/md at KOGO in 1972, but made a last minute U-turn and stayed in San Bernardino until 1979. That’s another time that we ALMOST worked together! Hug that new 18 year-old. Time sure flies!

  4. George….Your ideas could be BETTER than before, since these days, there’s NOTHING competitively like them. Unfortunately, radio operators now want almost ALL of every dollar that comes in, and say “there’s no money in the budget for that.” They used to be happy if they kept over half of every earned dollar. If ANY owners ever get competitive again, that may force a few more to try. Then ideas like George Johns comes up with will be not only good, but in demand. Or am I just the eternal optomist?

    • Bill, My experience is no radio station ever had any money. The only folks that had budgets were the big guys like ABC NBC and CBS I never worked for them I worked against them because they had had limited funds I didn’t. I figured out a long time ago there were bags of money in the sales managers office, all you had to do was sell him on how his clients would benefit from your idea he would come up with the money. More ratings is not the answer he is looking for that’s your job not his. He’s just looking for a way to get some folks to show up at his client’s place of business and if you can make that happen he’ll share the money. The problem is he doesn’t want you to tell him he wants you to SELL HIM! Oh by the way he’s easy to sell he’s a salesman but today’s PD has no idea how to do this so they’re the problem not the brass.

      • But that theory of taking almost EVERY cent of every dollar to the bottom line is prevailing 21st century thinking. I remember arriving as VP/Programming in Oklahoma City in the mid-1980’s when the independent owner told me our annual “promotion budget” was $600,000. I asked him if I’d be his hero if I pulled it off for $150,000 a year? And for the first year, I think I was his hero 🙂 I think we all designed “client promotions” when there weren’t anymore “promotion budgets.” You agree?

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