10534757_10203261357427423_1286806006739990500_nCris-Conner-WNAPI first met Cris Conner in the spring of 1973 back when I was hired by Jim Hilliard to be the National PD of Fairbanks and Cris was WNAP’s PD.
We had two great radio stations back in those days and before we were done they ended up being #1 and #2 in Indianapolis.
WIBC was called “Big Mama” in the company mainly because it supplied the money which bought all our other radio stations. It was located up front in the two story brick on North Illinois and way out back was WNAP which the WIBC staff referred to as the company toy and was affectionally known in the street as “The Buzzard”. WIBC had the slick buttoned down type of Jocks who all carried attache cases, WNAP of course had all the strangely dressed long hairs and we didn’t dare ask them what they were carrying.
Seeing the WIBC/WNAP staff chatting with each other in the halls occasionally was a strange sight indeed. I had just moved to Indy from Toronto so everything seemed a little weird to me but Cris and I hit it off right from the git go and to this day he is still a good friend of mine and still a great talent.
Back in those days just before Thanksgiving Fairbanks had it’s annual company confab usually held in Indianapolis. This event was attended by all the Fairbanks GM’s SM’s and PD’s along with the Corporate Staff and the dress code was suit and tie. A lot of us took that opportunity to load up on our winter wardrobes which we would unveil during the meetings but of course we all paled in comparison to Hilliard. I’ll always remember Ron Chapman attending his first one claiming that he was pretty sure that he had it all figured out as he pointed at Cris (pictured with Ann Craig Bruce Munson And Tom Cochran) who was wearing jeans, a top hat, and a mechanic’s smock. I even understand that he refers to himself Ron went on to say, as Moto Groove and dressed as he is amongst all this finery he’s got to have great ratings, so what I’m thinking now is if you have the ratings you can wear whatever the hell you want. You nailed it Ron, and now as you have before him on Saturday November 8 Cris Conner heads into the Radio Hall Of Fame in Indianapolis and I will be there along with the Duffy Twins to proudly see him do it.

Why would the middle class vote Republican or Democratic what’s in it for them.
Have you ever noticed in all sports all over the world most play by play guys are white.
It takes at least two people to have a quarrel but only one to end it.
Human rights have come so far in America that you can actually now catch the ebola virus whether you want to or not.
It’s a hell of a lot easier to find some new inventors than it is trying to invent new stuff all the time.
If Sex & Violence is so bad how come Games Of Thrones is so good.
If sex comes up at dinner on a date it seldom shows up as dessert. 
I think the goat of the game should get equal time to the star of the game.
A good programmer doesn’t need an office and in fact does most of his work outside the office which his family well knows.
Is it bragging if it’s true.
Whose in charge of counting the calories in food.
I’ve always been very impressed by people who can do things that I cannot.
The only hope you have of making money in radio is by making Management afraid you’re going to leave.
Sad but true, great humor comes from great pain.
Great radio entertainers all have the ability to observe life and comment on it in a slightly exaggerated manner.
Very few people believe in lobbyists but unfortunately those who do have all the power or own those who have the power.
Most things are invented because you are running out of something.
Very few things turn out better than you expected.
Enjoy yourself because you only experience life once. This is your first and only Rodeo.
The more successful you become the more you stop doing the things that made you successful.
The only interesting interviews are the ones where the person being interviewed doesn’t want to be. 
Good radio is simply a slightly exaggerated reflection of life.
Have you ever heard a woman brag that she got lucky last night.
The only young people you see driving Mercedes are usually blonde females.
Most successful talent is flamboyant in nature.
Hope is the best thing a PD can bring to an air talent.
Radio’s biggest enemy is the off button.
You don’t need brains to buy a radio station, just money.
Sadly a strong bond between two men is easily broken by one woman.

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