Everybody always thinks their part is the largest part. Case in point, when the John Blair company out of New York bought WIBC/WNAP in Indianapolis and KVIL in Dallas they paid the most money ever paid for radio stations. Now what you have to understand about Richard M Fairbanks (pictured above) whom Blair bought the stations from is that not only can he can trace his family back to the Mayflower, but his grandfather was the Vice President of the United States and Fairbanks Alaska is named after him, so he really didn’t need the money. However, he sure liked making broadcasting history by being on the upside of that record making deal.
As a part of that record making deal, he had to give up his CEO, Jim Hilliard. Blair wanted Jim to be the new president of their broadcast division which meant that he, of course, would still be involved with WIBC/WNAP and KVIL and the only real change would be Mr. Fairbanks departure. With that in mind, Jim asked if he could put a small farewell dinner party together for him where the employees who had been with him at the station for well over thirty years could say their goodbyes? Mr. Fairbanks responded like only he could by saying, “Jim, after I carried all these people for all those years, surely you don’t expect me to eat with them too?” Proving beyond a doubt that he was definitely a Dick not a Richard.
FROM THE INSPIRATIONAL BLOG@ GeorgeJohns.com.
Speaking of Mr. Fairbanks, his best line ever may have been when he and Jim went to lunch in Jim’s new Bentley. When Jim asked if he’d ever ridden in a Bentley before, Mr. Fairbanks responded with, “Never in the front!”
One of the best newspaper ads that I’d ever seen showed a newspaper boy on his delivery bike staring at a new Cadillac with a caption over his head that read, “Someday, someday.” I wonder who it was that called the meeting at GM in Detroit that killed that kid’s dream?
Great rewards come from great risks but then again, you are working without a net.
FROM THE REALITY BLOG@ GeorgeJohns.com
Now that we are all members of the “me too” society when are the gentlemen gonna serve up the names of the ladies who offered up their many charms for a little boost up the ladder?
How much do you suppose of the, “Were only doing this for safety reasons is bullshit?
If anybody thinks that Andy Boudain and Kate Spade are in a better place better not talk that shit to my daughters or I’ll find a way for them to join the both of them.
Whatever happened to gas wars?
If LeBron were smart, he’d stay in Cleveland and be who he already is, King James. However, nobody has ever accused a pro athlete of being smart.
Only when in the middle of a crisis does one discover who’s loyal.
Fear and regrets are the evil twins who rob you of your shot at happiness.
FROM THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT BLOG@ GeorgeJohns.com.
Being a Centrist I’m a little liberal about some things and a little Conservative about others, but never a Socialist about anything.
For most of my life, political conversations never came up, now they never not come up?
Do you think that you’d be more likely killed by a cop than a thug? I wonder what the Vegas oddsmakers say?
Why do the celebrities at award shows keep singing to the choir?
I’m very suspicious of all government agencies that use initials instead of their full name. CIA, FBI, DEA, DOJ, IRS, DMV, USPS, DOT, EEOC, EPA, FAA, FCC, FDA, FDIC, FEC, FTC, INS, NASA, NIH, NLRB, SEC, and USIA to only mention a few. What do you suppose they’re hiding?
With all the gun controversy and how upset the people are about the school shootings, you would think the NRA would be smart enough to concede a little something?
I believe that more business is done at lunch than at any other time in America.
I don’t want my kids to have Obama care, I want them to have the same health care Obama has right now
FROM THE RADIO BLOG@ GeorgeJohns.com
Implementing the new music research is not an art form.
Radio’s best and worst friend is the scan button on the car radio.
The only thing that’s important is what’s on the radio right now?
If you don’t have anything special to say, don’t say it on the radio.
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