When I read Doug Erickson’s Blog this morning about criticism, it reminded me a little of when I moved to America to work for Fairbanks Broadcasting. If it’s true that the definition of luck is where preparation and opportunity meet, then I definitely lucked out in Dallas.
Fairbanks had just purchased KVIL there for a million eight which the Dallas radio community thought that paying that for an FM was totally exorbitant.
The launch of KVIL was going to be my first assignment in America, and as excited as I was about the opportunity, unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be easy. Very few people listened to FM back then so it made an already difficult task even more difficult. It was going to take creativity and a lot of hard work, but luckily we already had Ron Chapman in place, and my boss Jim Hilliard on board.
Jim was not only a brilliant programmer, but he also had a completely open mind about programming stuff and loved doing things differently which made the task much easier. Another stroke of luck was all my radio buddies lived back in Canada and couldn’t hear the station so I wouldn’t have to listen to any criticism or justify my every move.
Speaking of luck, I’d never been to Dallas before so I’d never heard of the mighty KLIF or any of the other stations, not to mention that KLIF didn’t sound that mighty. The even luckier part was that none of the stations had ever heard of me either, so they just ignored us. This, of course, meant that we could do anything we damn well pleased, and we could do it unchallenged.
The only guy who was hip to our shenanigans from the very start was my good friend Tim Moore. Tim was working his way up the corporate ladder over at TM and used to listen to us almost every day but by the time the rest of the Dallas broadcasters heard us, it was already too late.
Kay-Ville was on fire back in those days and the only thing that could put the fire out was CBS swooping in and paying 86 million for her. Hell, Jerry Jones paid less than that for the Cowboys.
We did a lot of crazy things in those early years and we did most of them trying to attract some attention and cause a little word of mouth, you know, kinda like the Beatles did when they wore toilet seats around their necks. However, by the time we finally got to see the Beatles, they were in suits and ties just as the KVIL staff were wearing tuxes and drinking champagne when the Dallas Media finally woke up.
85% of the reason a man is attracted to a woman is for visual reasons. However, when we fall in love, we begin to go blind.
It remains a sexist world. We still tell our sons precisely what it’s like out here in the real world but lie to our daughters about it, under the pretense of protecting them.
It’s pretty easy to figure out why the one percenters love consolidation. It rids America of pesky competition just as patents do, but it also cuts expenses, which in turn produces a cheap profit. I for one though can’t understand why the rest of us tolerate it? We’re doing shit!
No law will ever be passed that hurts the wealthy.
I finally saw Bohemian Rapsody and having lived a little of that life when I was a kid; I thoroughly enjoyed it as I will Rocket Man because they bring back a lot of memories. However, I wonder what non-musicians get out of it?
Are the folks who went to Harvard mostly successful because of the education or the contacts that they made?
How come I’ve never heard of any of the places who claim that they’re world famous?
I believe that the only reason Trump didn’t strike at Iran is so he can turn that country into glass when they make another bad move. When he does, he’ll just say to the rest of the world, “Hey I tried to be nice, but they made me do it.”
Last year during the World Series the Red Sox spanked the Dodgers, but this year LA is 12 games out front and Boston is 8 games back. What the hell happened?
Tom Snyder: It’s amazing that Fairbanks radio is still being held up as an example of great radio and management excellence. I lived through it in Indy, but unfortunately, I was working for the competition. It was tough competing with the excellence of Fairbanks.
Peter Zolowski: Sadly, George…there WAS a mass shooting of Congressmen at their softball practice last year. And STILL, nothing happened. If that doesn’t tell you that the only thing they’re worried about is getting re-elected and rich, and nothing else. BOTH sides of the aisle.
Geo: I’m afraid you’re right, Peter, both sides of the aisle take money from the NRA. It’s not a Democrat or Republican thing; it’s a crooked politician thing.
Jerry Bobo: Hey George, Jim, You, and Yancey, brought to all of us at KVIL, a new and fresh way of thinking regarding the business of Radio. We simply listened and put our own spin on it and made great things happen.
Geo: You guys were the best Jerry, and the fact that most of you are in the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame proves it. Unfortunately, when CBS brought their own new and fresh way of thinking to the Dallas party, the spinning stopped.
If anyone has not seen the documentary, it was on Netflix and well worth the watch, some great music came out of that place.
Geo: Great documentary Doug, and not only were the musicians white, but they were also hillbillies. I think this proves my theory that when you blend black artists with whites, the music they make is timeless.
I agree with you regarding Hillary. She makes my skin crawl, and I wish Bill would disappear as well. Bernie is too far Left, which might make his philosophy unworkable in our country’s present form. Trump picked the perfect time to run, right? And you can expect him to come out of the White House richer than when he went in as well.
You hate politics you say, join the club. Unfortunately, the name Trump happened to be in the title of your email this time, and I read on. It riles me up when somebody like Liz Crokin tries to convince me that Trump is anything but a clown. Sorry.
Geo: Wow, one of America’s best mid-day guys who was #1 on WRMF for over 20 years talking smack about politics.
Ken, now that I seem to have so much to say, Jim Hilliard, claims that his biggest mistake was not putting me on the air. I told him that I could never be a host because I’ve only got something to say if I’m irritated or provoked and that’s what politics does to me. I hate all politicians equally but I must admit that the Democrats do stir me up a little more often, so I’m quite sure it looks out of balance.
Geo: And thank you for your comments, Jonathon. The fact that most of KVIL’s air staff is in the Texas Hall Of Fame explains the “magic” of Kay-Ville and is the reason that every other radio station in town, really only had a shot at #2.
Geo: I’m pretty cold-hearted about most things Doug, but not my daughters. Thanks for the read.