Guitars Radio & Wild Wild Women (For The Good Times) Chapter LV (edited july 24/15)


So far I have lived in three countries, five states, four provinces, and twenty two different cities but my absolute favorite place of all to live was San Diego California.
I moved there in the early 80’s because living in California had been a dream of mine since I was a kid going through all those brutal winters in Winnipeg.The reason for San Diego was because I was starting my own company and the Shadeks who owned KOGO/KPRI were excited about having me office there while also launching my new “Class” format on their radio station in San Antonio. “Class” of course was modeled after KVIL in Dallas and I was anxious to prove that the concept would work elsewhere plus Ed and Tom didn’t mind me consulting other radio stations as long as things were going well at their stations.


San Diego is breathtaking but the only thing weird about living there besides it didn’t snow, was that it took me over two years to get over feeling like I was on vacation. I bought an old house in Coronado (pictured with my brother parked in front) which I was remodeling in case my family decided to join me which at the time was in doubt and while all the construction was going I lived with Tom Shadek and his girlfriend Rose at their condo in La Jolla.
At KOGO we were doing a new talk format called the Radio Magazine, the brainchild of Jack McCoy (pictured with me) which was very experimental but also very fun.
22346_1349538898943_8056943_n We had a bunch of crazy characters working at the radio station and the news part was headed up by Greg Tantum (pictured with a few of the news crew)
Greg also had Mike Dewey, Steve Tom, Lee Maribal, Perry Allen helping out amongst others plus Martin Milner who hosted the morning edition. It wasn’t long though until I spotted a pretty news intern by the name of Deborah Shaw whom I mentioned to Greg that I liked how she walked and Greg told me the reason for her unusual walk was because she once had Polio, color me totally f**king embarrassed. Through out the day we had Jerry Gross from the sports page, Shot Gun Tom Kelley and Mad Dog Maddox from the music page, Captain Stan was in the chopper doing the traffic page and Reid Reker was our ring master.
When I arrived in San Diego Tom Shadek graciously given me his huge office which was right across the hall from the company’s President Ed Shadek who was a great guy. When Tom moved to the other end of the building it didn’t take long for me to discover that he had left behind his fridge which led us all to even more good times.
As I mentioned I lived with Tom in La Jolla while they were working on my house so when Tom found out that I loved to play racquet ball he mentioned that his complex had a couple of courts so we should play a few games. I asked him if he played much because I play all the time so it might be unfair. He just laughed and said that he figured that his youth would more than make up for his lack of experience but after we played several games Tom wasn’t doing very well. Finally he made a few points in a row so he stops play and says he wants to start but he needed an incentive so he came up with if he one the next game I had to buy him a bottle of Chivas Regal but if I won he would buy me a bottle of Canadian Club. He never got another point and now my fridge had a bottle of Canadian Whiskey in it along with some Chivas that Tom bought for himself so we could have a toddy at the end of each work day.
It wasn’t long before we were going through more than a couple a bottles a day not to mention a few bags of ice as more and more of the staff hung around after work to have a quick one with us. Hell it was so much fun that even Greg and a bunch of the morning crew started coming back in for “Toddy Time At 5”. I mentioned that my office was huge right, well it wasn’t big enough for this crowd because we were elbow to elbow and you could hardly hear yourself think. Although I do remember hearing Ed shouting from my doorway that according to the FCC there was to be no alcohol consumed at a radio station and after we assured him that we were well aware of the ruling he nodded his head, smiled, went back into his office and closed the door. Here’s to the good times!




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