Geo’s Media Blog (Money Not Brains)

I work with some great people who run radio stations in the wine country, and every spring we meet up at the owner’s place down in Palm Springs for our anual, “Confab in the Desert.” We kick it all off on friday afternoon with some Mojitos, and then spend the rest of the weekend discussing our plans for the upcoming year.
This year the “Confab” was held in May and when we finished up on Sunday morning, I began my trek back to LAX, but first I was going to hook up with my Grandson Nathaniel in Sunland near Pasadena. When I noticed the San Bernadino sigm while driving west on interstate 10, I decided to check out KFROG which I used to be involved in, baxk when Joe Amaturo owned it and Tom Hoyt was the GM.
As I drove along listening to the Frog, it brought back a lot of great memories and one of them was visiting KFROG for the first time. The Frog had a great signal so I got to listen to it for almost my whole drive from LAX to San Bernadino and then after arriving at the hotel, I spent the rest of the day listening around to the Market. I was up early the next morning early the next morning checking out The Frogmen in the morning and then made my way into the station whento meet with Mr. Amaturo. (shown above with the lovely Mrs. A) When he asked me what I thought of the Frog, I told him that I had some good news and bad news and bad news. The bad news, Joe, is the other country radio station sounds better than you do, but the good news is they’ll never beat you, they don’t have a chance.
All those corny frogs names you’re using on-air are wonderful and even though your air talent is probably embarrassed about them, I bet the ladies love them ’cause they’re cute and cute trumps macho every time. Your ratings are going to be huge!
There is nothing that is as much fun as working with the #1 radio station in town, and not only was I right about the Frog’s ratings, I think that almost every woman who lived in the Inland Empire, listened to KFROG, so they also got all the money.
My visits to the market were almost too much fun, but many of the adventures Tom Hoyt and I got involved in, are better left for another Blog. (shown above) However, as George Harrison sang, “All Things Must Pass” and pass they did when CBS, who like to do things their own way, bought KFROG, that’s all she wrote for me.
Anyway, here I am driving along and listening to the Frog which is now owned by Entercom, when it suddenly hits me, the Frog names are gone. What! Well, that only proves once again that it doesn’t take any brains to buy a radio station, it only takes money.”

Radio has to figure out what it does the best and then do that all the time.

As far as I’m concerned Neilson only does 3 things wrong. They under measure mornings, they over measure the rest of the day, and they’re probably cutting corners because word has it that they’re for sale. 

Being gay is ok but it’s not special enough to warrant all the activity that surrounds it. 

The person who can handle responsibility always ends up with a ton of it.

You know you’re getting old when you’ve never heard of the current singers in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.

When a company starts cutting back to become more profitable, somehow the executives’ salaries always survive. 

I think we middle-class white men should get organized and have a parade. We could carry signs reading, “We’re tired of paying most of the taxes and getting nothing.” Just our sheer numbers should be enough to scare the sh*t out of the government.

Even though a lie may sound like the truth, it ain’t.

Past behavior is a predictor of future behavior. 

Wow, the Saudis are considering allowing their women to fly without a male companion. How progressive of them huh?

I understand that depression is sometimes caused by a person’s inability to deal with how they’re going to deal with the future. I guess I’ve never suffered from depression because whenever I wonder about the future, I get excited.

Hollis W Duncan: Andy was paired with Ben Laurie while I was at KVIL and & he & I enjoyed several lunches and many good conversations.  Andy was so confident in his intelligence that he felt no need to prove it to anyone, so our conversations (with me mostly listening) consisted of stories that showed a high level of knowledge & understanding paired with deep insight.  When we were sitting in a Deli in University Park, Andy taught me the proper pronunciation of Gefilte Fish.  When KVIL started charging for parking, Andy left the memo on Dave Spence’s door with the typed note: “Thank you for helping KVIL make another million.”  Spence went around to all of the typewriters to find the culprit.  Andy was a great newscaster and a very good guy. (News To Me)

Dave Spence: George – I don’t know who Hollis Duncan is and he certainly doesn’t know me or the story he attaches to me. While I was there, we never charged for parking. What he is referencing was when we went up on the cost of cold drinks (5 or 10 cents as I recall)  from the “Coke” machine. The note was on newsprint which was only used in the- wait for it – newsroom. I agree that Andy was a great newsman. Very well educated, expansive vocabulary, and voice inflection that left no doubt what side of the story he was on. (News To Me)

Jim Quail: Bruce: What a great tribute to our fallen fathers. They gave us such an incredible gift of a free country and your gift back to them will probably reach up to them.
God Bless,  Easter Quail. (In Flanders Field – Bruce Walker, The Jury)

Peter McLane: George,
Please give us a bio on Jim West. I always wondered what happened to him.
He was a friend and great Pam’s jingle salesman. Like so many others in our industry, they are gone but not forgotten.
I programmed for Stoner Broadcasting and Ken Greenwood’s Ventures’ (About George Johns)
Geo: Jim was responsible for my consulting career taking off so fast Peter, and he was also one of my partners when we bought Fairwest from Mr. Fairbanks.

Earl Mann: What I’m going to say will make ‘progressives’ reach for a brown paper bag. But, here goes: Trump is doing an incredible job especially considering the headwinds the liberal media throws at him 24/7. “It’s the economy stupid”! (Comments)

Paul Barsky: Cami…..Congrats on your graduation!  Your dad is so proud of you, and you’ve got the Johns genes, so you’ve got a nice head start as you look toward this new journey.
All the best! (Camera Graduates)

Terry Kenny: George that was great…..I loved the entire history, although I remember some of it differently.  That could be because of my history with one of my first groups, the ChorduRoys, which was a great experience for me until the Phantoms/The Jury. What a heartwarming legacy! (I Remember The Jury)

Barry O’Brien: I appreciate your concerns, but I’m wondering how many people would listen to a radio station that focused on the negative all the time. Then again, I just sold the stuff you put on the air, so what do I know?  It all worked out ok. (Writing The Wrongs)

James Ford: I love this blog. I remember KLZS in Wichita using the “The station you are helping to build” approach. It was a great concept. (K103 Part II)

Terry Styles: I always meant to ask you, Geo, where do all the above sayings come from in your blogs? Hard to believe that one man has that much knowledge about the world…..original opinions as well! OMG so, so many!!! (Decent Women)
Geo: Terry, I have no idea where they come from. Maybe I read them or heard them somewhere, but most mornings a few of them in my head bursting to get out.

Lesley Palmiter: I absolutely had that dream- All the time! And still do sometimes, although it’s been over fourteen years since I had a regular on-air gig.
The record would end, with none cued up on the other TT. No carts loaded (music or otherwise)… Mike on, but somehow would not work (or capture my audible mutterings OR screams). Try to cue up another song on the disc that just ended- disc disappeared… Go look for more records or carts- anything! But none to be had. The DEAD AIR NIGHTMARE! (Earl Mann Has A Dream)

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3 thoughts on “Geo’s Media Blog (Money Not Brains)

  1. Loved the KFROG story as I was there for 14 years under three owners, Amaturo Group, ARS…then CBS. CBS sells everything radio to Entercom. Based on what I know, Entercom should be called Entercon for allthe BS that was passed out to the loyal KFROG staffers….some of whom are there now, I worked with and were there before me! Severance does nothing to compensate for the years of market leading revenues…likely not now and without local leadership in all things a market leading station should be. Soon, a Morning Show from San Diego that has no relevance to the Inland Empire. All the cuts haven’t done much for the stock price but has destroyed a solid local station in the 25th market. Riddle me this grasshopper?!

    • And the FCC is actually considering letting the big corporations who ruined radio, have even fewer restrictions. Someone should remind the FCC, Tom, that their obligation is to protect the people, not big business.

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