Now we’re headed to America
and a whole new life
But the move wasn’t very popular
with Lana, my Wife.
was a scary thing
Hey, but there’s no turning back,
so this can’t be a fling.
When Jim Hilliard had tried to hire me at WFIL in Philadelphia, my name went to the bottom of a long immigration list. However, when my name finally rose to the top, I was the Station Manager of CFTR in Toronto, and Jim was running a radio group out of Indianapolis called Fairbanks Broadcasting.
Fairbanks owned WIBC/WNAP in Indianapolis and WVBF/WKOX in Boston and were in the middle of buying KVIL in Dallas when Jim hired me to be his National Program Director.
Oh, and we’d also just built a beautiful house on Lake Simcoe so she couldn’t understand why I would want to leave all of this behind?
I wasn’t that worried, though, because I had three weeks before I was going back to Toronto for a visit. Surely I could come up with something by then?
Three weeks later, there I was in my new Caddy listening to WNAP on my new FM radio as I headed back to Toronto to see my family.
They’d all stayed behind to sell our house, and I was looking forward to seeing them, but I had a small problem. I still hadn’t come up with anything for Lana yet. Hey, not to worry, I’ve got hours to go.
When I pulled up in our driveway back in Toronto, I still had nothing, so when Lana came asked, “Whose car is this?” I said the first thing that popped into my head, “Your’s honey, happy Mother’s Day. I never got to drive the Caddy again.
Back when I first arrived in Indy in my beat-up old T-Bird, Jim told me to monitor WIBC and WNAP for a couple of days and then WVBF in Boston on the listen-line. Then he said that we’d meet on Friday morning to review my findings.
Finally, Jim’s secretary told me that he was ready to see me now. When I got in there, he asked what I heard, and I told him that I thought WNAP’s music was not only too hip for the room but also very unfamiliar, whereas WIBC’s was familiar but a little too unhip for my liking.
WVBF, on the other hand, sounded a lot like NAP, but I liked them more because I actually knew a few of the tunes. However, I went on to say, “The talent was outstanding on all the stations.”
Now, this was the part in Saskatoon where I got into trouble, but I wasn’t in Saskatoon, and I was with the great Jim Hilliard. Jim said that he agreed with my assessment and then asked me where I wanted to start first? I told him that I thought that he should choose because I was just standing by to do what he thinks needs to be done.
There was a long silence before I heard him say, “George if I knew what to do, I wouldn’t have hired you!”