Leaving the Jury was very tough because it meant that I was giving up on a dream that Rolly Blacquiere and I had when we were kids.
Surprisingly, when Randy Bachman heard that I’d left the Jury, he tried to recruit me for the Guess Who. When I just laughed and when I said that I wasn’t good enough, Randy said, “I can teach you the music, it’s all that other stuff you do that The Guess Who needs.” I was certainly flattered by the offer. but committed to giving radio a shot.
Back when I began my radio career, I’d lucked out because, CKY had a bunch of Americans working there, so right from the get-go, I learned how to do it bigger and better. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before they all left to go back to the U.S. which left me with a type of radio that wasn’t fun anymore. But hey, it still beats working for a living.
The only fun now was when John Wells and I would go up to Chan’s Moon Room where I would flirt with our receptionist, Embree McDermid, (pictured below) as we drank somebody goodbye. Em wasn’t even close to what you’d call a wild woman, nor was she a “bad girl,” but she definitely was a MILF.
Jim was wearing a maroon-colored Nehru suit with a huge gold medallion hanging around his neck and Barb was decked out in what can best be described as a toga. On her feet were white Roman sandals with straps that crisscrossed all the way up to her knees. The baubles on her fingers were gold as were the bracelets that snaked their way from her wrists to her elbows and her blonde hair which was piled high on her head was crowned with a gold tiara.
We spent most of the evening catching up which included the fact that my wife Lana was now pregnant. At some point during the conversation, I began to notice that we were being stared at and when I mentioned it to Jim, he said, “They’re just pissed ’cause I make more money than they do.”
Meanwhile, back home in Winnipeg where I was growing more restless and thought that I couldn’t take it anymore, fate intervened while I was returning an album to the main studio. As I walked in, I overheard our mid-day talent, George Dawes, telling someone on the phone, “Thanks but no thanks.” When I asked him about it, he said that CKOM in Saskatoon was looking for a Program Director but he wasn’t interested. When I told him that I sure was, he called them back and the next thing I knew, I was on an airplane bound for Saskatoon. After only a short interview, I became their new Program Director which was very exciting, but not so much for my family. I was taking the first grandchild away from both grandparents, and my wife wasn’t real excited about leaving her new home that we just built. Oh, and I knew nothing about programming.
Life only begins to get sweet when you take some risks that scare you.
When my father was teaching me to drive, occasionally he’d say, “Son you’re over correcting.” America needs to listen to my dad.
Why is it when a few people die from something, it’s immediately pulled from the market place but when cigarettes and guns kill thousands, nothing happens?
Is it true that the vaping scare is being fueled by the tobacco industry?
There is nobody more sensitive than me but unfortunately, I don’t think it’s the sensitivity that the ladies are looking for.
Jennifer Sue Randall: I really appreciated you putting this article into your blog. I have nothing against Trump. I was just on a cruise and several people brought up Trump’s name and then went into a rant about how much they hated him. It’s a wonderful practice to stay quiet. You can’t change anyone’s mind. Even with this blog, you probably won’t change the negativity towards him. I voted for Donald and I don’t mind saying it. I could not vote for HC and I’m still happy that I voted for the Donald. Being president is a thankless job with tons of criticism. Kenny met Donald Trump a couple of times and really liked him as a person. Most of us have not met him, but yet choose to hate him and everything that he does, but that is what makes the world go round. (Unthinkable Trump)
Shaun Holly: What a great piece of historical creative entertainment! From the clever contests and promotions to the jingles and the jocks! I remember it so well…we could sure use it today. Thanks for sharing George! (Retro Radio In Dallas)
Peter Zolnowski: What other product can make the claim that 93% of all Americans use it? I’m guessing toilet paper. (Making Movies)
I’ll never forget the very first promotion I ran by you, I had all my I’s dotted and my T’s crossed, but in the middle of my passionate presentation you interrupted me and said, “George George, are you planning on giving away the prize?” When I answered yes, you said, “Then stop selling me, sell it to your listeners.” 🙂 (Sales Promotions)