I Love Humor But I Hate Jokes. Philisophical Blog /18)

While writing a blog the other day about the owner of Fairbanks Broadcasting, I couldn’t help but think about when I first became involved in ownership. Our company Fairwest was having a great run but it was time to turn that success into some brick and mortar. The first radio deal we put together was for KKCW, (K-103) a brand new facility in Portland Oregon. What a great radio station it turned out to be, especially when we put the legendary Craig Walker on in mornings. Years later when Craig retired, some classy friends of mine, Bruce, John, & Janine not only continued the tradition, but I do believe they’ve turned it up a notch. Now some 30 years later, not only is K-103 still great, it’s still #1.
Unfortunately, back in those days, I had no idea that all of my radio dreams had already come true. I mean what more could one want than owning a radio station that not only went to #1 in its first year of existence, but it was also located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. While we were growing K-103 in those days, I got to make plenty of pleasurable visits to Portland which was fairly easy to do seeing as I lived just down the road in San Diego. I soon discovered, however, that most things are how they are not how we wish them to be when our sales manager, the designated driver of the day, had to pick me up at the airport.
As we headed into the station which was located on the other side of town, I noticed while crossing the bridge that leads into the city that the whole riverfront area was being restored. They were building a bunch of what looked like some very exciting new shops, restaurants, and also a very beautiful boutique hotel right on the riverbank. When I asked the SM if he knew when the hotel was due to open he said, “It’s already open and in fact, we have trade there.” I, of course, couldn’t help but immediately say, “Then why am I not staying there?” His answer was, “Oh, that’s just for clients.”
A few days later, I asked my old boss Jim Hilliard to tell me what I was doing wrong? As I told him, “Jim, in this deal, I’m Mr. Fairbanks, but as I recall Mr. F always stayed at the Ritz or the 4 Seasons.” Jim responded with, “George, your big problem is that you don’t have me, if I left it up to any of the staff to book Mr. Fairbanks a hotel room, he’d be lucky if he got to stay at a Motel 6.”

If anybody’s begging for a real estate crash, it’s California.

You know you’re gonna have a bad year when the people who never planned on paying you aren’t buying.

At his worst, Tiger can make more money than he’ll ever need.

Isn’t it a crazy about how many theories there are about how to sell the Beatles, but none on how to become them.

Its always been about the Game Of Thrones its never been about how to sell it.

Worrying’s never fixed nothin’.

The truth won’t show up until you’re willing to walk away.

Salespeople are very good at selling whatever it is that they also consume.

You can run from your responsibilities but you can’t hide from the consequences.

When the big go small it’s time to go big, right Bruce?

Making good decisions comes from the experience of making some real bad ones.

What if Mother Nature intended for global warming to show up so she can get on with what’s next?

If morning folks had the ability to interrupt themselves, I believe a lot of them would.

Do you remember when the airways used to belong to the people?

I’ve never seen or heard a success story where the radio station was led by the sales folks.

I love humorous radio but hate jokes.

Sometimes the lady wears the dress sometimes the dress wears the lady.

I’m not sure that Justin’s daddy was a good Prime Minister but he sure was cool.

I bet my grandparents wish that all they had to do was bitch about their conditions so they wouldn’t have to leave their homes in England and Scotland.

If mother nature intended us all to end up brown why didn’t she start us out that way?

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