Geo’s Media Blog. (Designated Survivor)

Being a Centrist, I was very excited when I heard that “Designated Survivor” starring Keifer Sutherland being shown on Netflix was about the President of the United States who ran as an Independent, and referred to himself as a Centrist. I could hardly wait to watch all three seasons.
However, Hollywood writers just can’t help themselves, can they? They have the current Vice President as a Mexican, the one he replaced was a black woman who quit because the President wasn’t liberal enough. His secret service agent is a gay black man, the speaker of the house is a woman, as is the director of the CIA. Heading up the Department of Justice is another black woman as is the head of the Navy. Oh, and the deputy chief of staff is a Puerto Rican woman.
As I said, even though throughout the series, the President refers to himself as a Centrist, the only projects he seems to be working on is helping the LGBTQ’s, Illegal Aliens and rebuilding urban communities, while bringing down the drug companies. Hmmmmm.


If America is so bad, how come folks aren’t leaving it in droves like they’re leaving Mexico and a few Arab Countries?

What do the liberals find so appealing about Mexicans and Arabs?

Kindle, will never be quite as hip as having a hardcover version of your book published.

Do the standards of a country rise or fall with more immigration?

Why don’t the airlines develop a space-plane that could fly straight up for 62 miles and then sit there until the destination it wants to land at, comes around at a 1000 miles an hour? 

I think politics should be learned not inherited.

Who’s scarier, Politicians, Businessman or Priests?

How come in the movies a woman or black people are all in charge but not so much in real life?

Paul Cavenaugh: Hey, George! First of all, Political Correctness isn’t difficult at all unless your heart has something to hide. Take it a step further…Although I can’t afford it anymore,  I still hang out with boating people. Is it a sign of prejudice or intelligence?  When is the last time you heard about a drive-by shooting at the Yacht Club?
As for Jesus,  I don’t think it was Mary and Joseph…It was Maury and Josephine.  Do you really think an innkeeper was going to rent a room to a laborer and his pregnant wife who suddenly showed up with a donkey and no reservations? It was a business decision!
Geo: Thank you for your comments, old friend. Right now I’m waiting for a comedian like Bob Newhart do a one-sided phone call from the night shift guy to the hotel manager of the Inn where Mary and Joseph tried to check in. Can’t you just hear him trying to explain to his boss, what’s going on out in the manger? (Happy Hour)


Bill McDonald: In the fifteen years, I spent working alongside Chuck Blore and Don Richman, some of the most talented people in the world graced our studio. Among them, Chuck Riley. He had a voice kinda like Ernie Anderson, kinda like Danny Dark – and that’s where Chuck found his niche – right in the middle of two of the best in the business. He was some kind of special. Extra special. Talent and a friend. I remember, after his first session with us, he and I went out for a drink to celebrate the Hollywood “arrival” of Chuck Riley. I ordered a shot of Suntori, a Japanese whiskey. “Best whiskey in the world,” I told Chuck. Two days later, a case of Suntori was delivered to me compliments of Chuck Riley. Like I said, Chuck Riley … extra special. (Whatever Happened To My Old Friend Riley?)

Katy Dante: What a beautiful tribute to your daughter, Candis, no proud Dad here!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this blog. I loved that you wrote it to Nathaniel. (Hey There Nathaniel)

Jed Duvall: George:  I feel very sorry for those young people who became child actors and then lost their way when the grew up when they weren’t as cute as they once were, and then find out that their managers and/or parents spent all of that “big” money while they were still working.  It must be challenging when the roar of the crowd stops, phone calls for roles never come, and the bank account is hovering near zero. – Jed 
By the way, the fantastic thing about Bill Gardner (and Ron Chapman) was that they could almost always say something meaningful within 140-words!  That’s what practicing all of the joke punchlines does for a professional. (Lightning Bolts)

Charlie “Foxx” Ferguson: I ran into Jack McCoy when KQWB -AM in Fargo, ND bought “The Last Contest.”  I’d been pounding on the owners to upgrade the audio processing with the all-new BL-40 ModuLimiter.  When we met with Jack, I asked if the station should get one.  Jack got up, went out to the rental car, and brought one inside!  It got installed that night, and we were off to the races with the new audio processor, a “rubber clock” with only select times to announce – to coincide with Arbitron time credits – and The Last Contest……DAMN, it was a FUN Time in Radio!
Geo: DAMN, it sure was Charlie. (My Friend Jack)

Jim Wood: I had a unique experience working with Both Jack McCoy and George Johns in Los Angeles. They helped me get hired at the ABC station that later became KZLA. One of my greatest memories is of driving down Sunset Blvd, in the heart of Hollywood with Jack at the wheel, George in the passenger seat and me in the back as Jack & George sang at the top of their lungs, Willie Nelson’s, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” It was incredible. BUT…How many of you can remember and still define “Reticular Activation System” (I am not sure of the spelling, but I can tell you what that meant) and how many of you bought the hardbound “Chapter One” rating analysis books or RAM Research especially the perceptual version…. or remember not only “The Last Contest” but also “MAGNUM ONE?”…I am lucky to have known and worked with and for both Jack and George. They changed my life, and I will forever owe them for any success I have enjoyed…Proudly their friend, Jim Wood.
Geo: Jim, I’ll never forget my first visit to the radio station. The Sales Manager picked me up in a fire red Ferrari, and I found myself thinking, “Now this is the kinda radio I need to get involved in.” (My Friend Jack)

Tom Hoyt: George, as you well know, Jack and I traveled throughout the USA selling the promotions he designed that made our client stations lotzo money, that’s why they kept coming back. Some of Jack’s genius came from how he pitched it, and If the light weren’t on in the prospect’s eye, he’d wrap it up and walk.  I would usually hang back, get some feedback on how to follow thru as that was something he didn’t want to do, and then do my best to close the deal. But it all started w’ Jack’s pitch, he knew it was good, and he knew that they knew it too. We laughed a lot and developed the friendships we share to this day. As I look back on my years in the radio biz, those were the most unforgettable days.
Geo: Tom, I still remember the time I hitched a ride in Jack’s plane with you seeing as we were all visiting a lot of the same markets. Unfortunately, Jack had Vertigo and needed to hang onto me until we got into the radio station. However, once seated in the board room, he was as magnificent as usual. When I asked him what was up with all the Vertigo stuff, he told me that he’d recently quit drinking and now the Demons were continually whispering in his ear, “If you don’t take a drink soon, we’re gonna tip you over.” (My Friend Jack)

Bruce Walker: Love the comments, George. I can clearly see that you found the answer to the second most important day in your life, “Why you were born.“ It is apparent that your love of the business, the friendships you have made, and the hard work ethic that you developed has made you well respected throughout your career. Well done mate.
Geo: Thank you for your kind comment, Bruce, but know this, I still cherish the time we spent together on stage “rockin’ the joint,” those many years ago. (Comments From Geo’s Media Blog)

Bobby Rich: I grew up in a small town 120 miles from Spokane, WA. KJRB (which was morphed from KNEW when those calls moved to San Francisco) was THE station on the East side of the Cascades. Big sister KJR took care of Seattle and the West side of the state. About the time I was starting to hang out at my hometown station, Jimmy Darin was doing mornings at KNEW (or KJRB?), and Larry Lujack was on at night.  I was drawn to the radio every time I heard Jimmy’s hysterical theater-of-mind bit called, “The March to the Garbage Cans.” I recall it was some (classical?) music bed with clanging and crashing sounds of cans and Jimmy singing or yelling at the cans to get lined up at the curb because today is garbage day.
Inspiration comes in strange ways. I would’ve given anything to work with Mr. Hilliard.
Geo: I was lucky Bobby, when I started in radio, my head was empty, but Jim, who was my first radio boss, filled it up with some pretty neat stuff. (Jimmy Darin 1962)

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