Next, he printed up a bunch of city maps, drew a line drawn down the middle of them and sent them to all the advertising agencies. On the northern half of the map Jack had printed the words, CLASS FM IS #1 RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE! He instantly got all the money.
The only time a PD really hears his radio station is when his boss is listening to it with him.
I wonder if they preach socialism at the Harvard Business School like they do at the rest of the university?
The mere passage of time does not change the rules.
How is one supposed to handle your 14-year old grandson having a much more manly voice than you do?
Why do women think that their family is more important than our’s?
Women make a lot more sense when we love them.
Women are into the why of “it” whereas men are only into what “it” is?
Chris Duffy: As an imaging director, I had to come work at WGN to finally learn the most stop-in-your-tracks method to announce important breaking news is not a powerful drone, stab or sweeper intro. It’s the news guy cutting in saying …’ Hey can I interrupt here?’ (It’s Ok To Lie About Sex)
Geo: Have at it Bruce, lord knows where I got it from? (It’s OK To Lie About Sex)
Keep em coming, George…
Geo: Yes it was Sandusky, Paul. Toney Brooks ran the company which was filled with AOR stations but he decided to give “Class Fm” a shot with KLSI in Kansas City. Steve Dinkle was the GM and it all went so well that we also got KLSY in Seattle where Dana was the GM. Fun days!
Geo: Steve, I just remember when all of us from KLSI, showed up in Phoenix for the annual Sandusky meetings. All of their stations rocked, so I’m sure that when our presentation tape was about to be played they probably thought that they were gonna hear something very wimpy. Instead, KLSI blew the room away. (Women Are Not Welcome Here)
Geo: Moto, as one of our former sales managers told me recently. At every Hilliard he was ever in, Jim would always say, “Nothing happens in Radio until somebody sells something.” I told him that in our programming meetings, Jim would say … We don’t have anything to sell until you guys put something worth selling on the radio. (For The Good Of The Country)Doug Herman: “Speaking of wealthy there is a huge huge difference between being rich and being wealthy.” Chris Rock explained this phenomenon in one of his standup shows a couple of years ago: “Shaq is rich, the guy who writes his paychecks is wealthy.” I think that pretty well covers it. (For The Good Of The Country)Steve Taylor: On another subject, Dion. Mr. DooWop finding new ways to reinvent himself. He is like the Eveready bunny of the music biz. After over a decade in the music biz, he reinvented himself with Abraham, Martin, and John. Fast forward to April 19, 1974. I was witness to one of the biggest musical trainwrecks ever. Dion unplugged on the stage at Grand Valley State College, near Grand Rapids, MI. Dion was the “surprise” warm-up act for Frank Zappa! Frank’s legendary sonic orgies fueled by his fusion of jazz, screaming Stratocaster arias to an audience predisposed to experiments with chemical auras led to the most outrageous vacant stare in music history when Mr. Dimucci quietly walked to the middle of the stage and sat upon a tall, gray, 4 legged stool. I thought to myself, this guy has got more guts than a government mule!
What is Dion going to do to win this crowd of pre-lit college kids over? No horns, no driving beat? Dion with an acoustic guitar playing his biggest hits, and new socially aware tunes. He attempted to appease the crowd with a brief editorial about the fact that he was surprised to be there too! Unless that spruce top had a secret pickup, fuzzbox, and stack of Marshall amps connected, Mr. DooWop was going to find out the hard way when the music died.
He left the stage after a couple of songs, with tear-filled eyes and a one-handed salute celebrating the smallest whole integer.
Fast forward to December 2011, and Dion 37 years later is promoting a new album? Frank Zappa is dead and his legend lives on. Dion is alive and still trying for one more grab at the brass ring.
Stranger things have happened, but you will know when Dion has arrived… when he does his first commercial for Colonial Life or some reverse mortgage outfit. “I’m the kinda guy that likes to hover around… “Geo: I’ve always loved Dion’s sound, Steve, in fact, I think if James Dean was alive today and wanted to be a singer, he’d use Dion’s voice. (Who The Hell Are You?)
Geo: Tell Cheryl that I’ll take all the love she’s got, upper or lower. It’s lonely out here, Chucker. (What’s Love Got To Do With It)
Geo: The Chief at unsuccessful radio stations not only attended all the meetings, but he also got to vote on promotions and other programming stuff. Not so much at successful stations Michael. (Radio Wars)
Jerry BoBo: Once upon a time, salespeople had to use both legs and a tank of gas to meet new advertising prospects. Today I’m guessing AE’s only use a chair, a screen, and a mouse. Back in the day, it was hard to get me out of your office, but now, clients can get rid of you with the mere click of their mouse. (And The Good Thing About Consolidation is?)
Geo: I understand that they had 23 people just in the news department, John. They don’t even have that many at a whole radio station now. (Hockey, Football, & Sex)
Geo: Gary as I’m sure you know, those focus groups are very time consuming but I’m hanging in there as best I can. (What The Hell Was Whitney Thinking?)
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