I recently read a piece where Doug Erickson claimed that the interaction we used to enjoy between the listeners and the talent has virtually disappeared from the airways. Doug’s statement got me thinking about a conversation I had with Ron Chapman after having the honor of inducting him into the Radio Hall Of Fame.
At the conclusion of the Televised festivities Ron and I retired to the Palmer House bar where after sampling some of the top shelf libations we began to reminisce about our years together at KVIL. Those early years were so much fun and we actually got to do things on the air that other radio people only dream about which were probably responsible for us even being here on this wondrous evening. We talked about all the great talent we had gathered around us at the time and Ron also told me that he still remembers the day we had a conversation that changed his whole career. On this particular day he claimed he was telling me why didn’t allowed a phone in studio because he felt it only distracted the air talent. He said I only paused a moment before saying … Ron we’re doing a lotta new stuff on K-Ville at the moment so you may want to reconsider that decision if for no other reason other than having the ability to check in with the folks now and then to see how they think we’re doing. The very next day he had a phone installed and for the next 30 years not only did he answer it but he worked his ass off to get it to ring because the phone soon became Ron’s whole show and led him straight to this particular evening where his well deserved 3rd HOF awaited him.