One story you shared that I always loved was when you told me that back in the ’70s, every year Mr. Fairbanks would request a list of all the employees whose salaries were above $25,000 a year. I always loved that one, true or urban legend?
Oh, and the dinners you never got to have with Mr. F Bill, I envy you.
Geo: Help yourself, Doug and thanks for the read.
Don Walker: George, something I learned in a timeshare. If you ask a room full of adults what they like about vacations, their answers will vary. However, if you ask a roomful of kids they only have one answer…Because they’re fun! When I was a kid, I loved radio because it was fun…Can anybody say that today?
Bruce Buchanan: Kvil was the only station in which I worked that had an engineer on duty over the weekend during the rating period. I remember having a turntable failure one weekend but one call down the hall and repairs were on the way. I have no complaints.
Geo: No complaints and your name don’t go together easily Bruce. 🙂
We *never* ran 15 spot sweeps like pre-Entercom, CBS, and Cumulus. 2:00 MAX, then a song. We were almost always sold out, but the spots flew by before you could punch out because we always teased something. Half the time our follow-up promos teased “the next big something”. (xrey:) “What will it be, Ron?” (RC) “Oh, we’ll figure that out later!”. Some of the greatest promotions happened with random phone calls. We’d put two or three modest ideas together from them and come up with something great.
PS: in my 8 years we didn’t have a “promotions & marketing department” or road crew, or an “HR dept.” or corporate “risk management officer” to tell us how crazy we were and not to do something that turned into something brilliant. “The Man In The Carpeted Office” knew better than to f**l with us or he’d suddenly be working for some daytimer in Mineola.:-)
Geo: When I showed up at KVIL, Xrey, one of the few rules that I brought to the table was the one that said, “Thou shall have a new promo on the air every Monday.” That promo would be announcing that something special was on the way and it starts next Monday.” This, of course, necessitated that something new had to be dreamed up every week. As they say X man, “Necessity is a Mutha!”
Jan Hall: Great NEW blog George
Geo: Thanks, Janny Cakes.
Duane: We need to make radio more of a social media form of entertainment. If some genius could create a radio version or Facebook with music, you would be on to something big.
Geo: That will take a real genius, Duane.
Doug Thompson: What amazing memories George. When Donny Burns came to Toronto, was he doing radio? He got to CHUM, if I remember correctly, about 1967.
A couple of years ago I got a voice over demo from Donny, it was one of the best I’ve ever heard but I haven’t heard from him since.
Dan Shively: Gordon Zlot and I grew up in Vallejo, and both started working at a 250-watt daytime, KGYW/KNBA when we were 12 and 13. I was more interested in on-air work; he was more interested in engineering, although he did on-air work as well. Even at that age, he built a carrier current station at home and we broadcast to the neighborhood from his bedroom. No one deserves the Hall of Fame induction more than Gordon.
Bruce Walker: Maybe it’s just me, but I find that there is now too much advertising cluttering up radio and even more on TV. I just hit the mute button or change stations when it comes on. It seems that many radio jocks are getting lazy and just picking up stuff that has already been done on social media.
I like the deep dive. Things are getting tough when I am actually noting that CBC radio is doing a FEW really interesting stories and great humour programming.
Geo: Yep, radio has turned into just another utility Bruce.