Geo’s Media Blog. (First, Ya Gotta Get Noticed!) Under Construction

To become successful, first, one must be noticed. Case in point, my nephew, Jamie Boychuk, (shown with his wife Lindsay above, and with me below) who, following in his father’s and uncles’ footsteps, he worked his way up from a yardman to switchman, then to a conductor at the CNR in Canada, but unlike them he went into management.

The genius who headed up the CNR at that time was Hunter Harrison. (pictured right above) Each year Hunter would invite a few junior executives to his seminars at the Breakers in Palm Beach. He held these seminars so he could teach his successful railroading philosophy to the staff, hoping to catch them on fire. However, it wasn’t all work, the attendees also got to play a little golf.

On one very special occasion, Jamie, who you can see in the photos, looks much younger than his forty-something years, got to play in a foursome with Hunter. On the first tee, Hunter said to him, “Hey kid, on this hole you need to go as long as you can but keep it to the left.” Jamie hit a perfect shot. On the next hole, Hunter said, “Nice shot back there kid, but even though this hole is a par three, you may want to hit it short and chip onto the green. There’s a bunker on the left and water on the right making it a narrow entrance to the green.” Once again Jamie hits the perfect shot and ends up in the middle of the green and so it went for the rest of the round.
Jamie finished one under which kicked Hunter’s ass but also got him invited back to every seminar from then on.

A few years later, Hunter took over the CSX railway which is headquartered in Jacksonville and one of the first people he asked to join him was my nephew. Unfortunately, soon after making CSX the most successful railway company in the world, Hunter passed.

Jamie (shown above ringing the bell on Wallstreet with the president) I’m proud to say, has recently been promoted to second in command of CSX which is now now a 12 billion-dollar company with its stock on the rise. You go, Jamie!
 
GEO’S LIFE-LINES
Have you ever noticed that whenever a company says, “We’re making things better” things actually get worse?
 
I believe in God but not all the Church’s versions of him. 
 
The toys may have changed but not the world. 
 
One of the harder things to do is control your anger so that you can use it to be productive. 
 
I think the NFL and the players union should split the cost of lifetime health care. A certain % of a player’s salary going towards it sounds fair to me? 
 
Opportunity is usually cleverly disguised to look like hard work. 
 
The more money you make, the less time you have to spend explaining your behavior.
 
Nothing’s changed, women are still known for their looks, and men for what they do.
 
Few marriages are strong enough to survive the loss of a child. 
 
You never own success, you’re just renting it. 
 
Nance Chapman says, “There’s no sense wearing a fake diamond if you don’t have the real one locked up at home.” 
 
Rich people don’t share, it’s as simple as that. 
 
To be a great director one must recognize what gifts the talented have.
 
Doing more than what’s expected always ends up well for those who do. 
 
Pointing out what’s wrong with this picture only pays a dollar an hour but coming up with the perfect fix, pays a thousand dollars an hour. Based on that, I’d advise the Democrats to change their tactics. 
 
Silent gratitude is useless. 
 
It’s not the words it’s who said the words and why. 
 
Back in the day when the air talent was bigger than the records that they played, nobody had a problem selling spots. 
 
Speaking of talent, Entercom’s sure burnin’ through them fast, huh? 
 
If the hard part was easy it would already be done. 
 
Life would be boring if you didn’t have any regrets.
 
COMMENTS

Ron Below: Payola isn’t illegal… but not reporting it on your taxes is. (Get Out Of Jail)

Geo: Damn! that info is a little late in coming, Ron.

Art Vuolo: Joey Reynolds has been preaching this exact same sermon for the past ten years, but (seemingly) nobody is paying attention.  Next week there will be a ton radio people attending the NAB/RAB Radio Show, the biggest convention for the radio industry.  Everyone will be patting each other on the back and proclaiming how great things are.  I love radio with a great deal of passion, but realistically I agree with this entire piece and about WLTW Lite FM (an appropriate name) and the relationship to WCBS-FM.  Did Bob know that BOTH are programmed by the same man…Jim Ryan? It’s true.  As long that the profit column is longer than the loss column, expect nothing to change in the foreseeable future. Truly a sad commentary. (Radio? It’s Over)

Joel Thompson: Love it! You gotta get the movie rights. It beats WYRK all to hell. (The Future Is Now)

Paul Cavenaugh: It’s about complacency George!   People expect mediocrity today,  and radio delivers!  The worst radio copy I’ve ever read…always includes the words “located at”!  Don’t get me started on this topic!  If the advertiser knew how useless the impact of their message was these days,  maybe there would be changes.
Heck…TV was supposed to quiet down commercials a year ago.  Did it happen?  The agencies and broadcasters have done nothing! The FCC has done nothing!  Network Promos have gotten even louder!  No Guts.  No Innovation.  No Creativity!  DEAD! (Freedom Of Speech)

Roland Blaquiere: Congratulations Cami. We’ve never met in person but I feel I’ve known you all your life. Your dad and I go back 60 or so and I’m glad you kept his life a happy one, along with all the rest of his family. If you continue to stay the course that you have been on, I’m sure you will keep your dad young and happy with all the great things in your life that he is so proud of. (Camera Graduates)

 

Geo’s Media Blog is an inside look at Radio, Music, Movies, and Life. For a sneak peek at some upcoming Blogs, or to see some that you may have missed, go to Geo’s Media Blog @ GeorgeJohns.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Sharing and commenting is appreciated.

 
 
 
 
 

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