What If? (An Inspirational Radio Blog About Reality for the week of /18)

A few years ago I was talking to Jim Hilliard (pictured above with me) about all the what-ifs in our life. One of the scariest ones for me occurred when I was the Music Director of CKY and was returning an album to the control room. Jim, what if I had walked in there one minute later and missed George Dawes saying on the phone, “Thanks but no thanks?” When I asked him what that was all about and he tpld me that CKOM in Saskatoon was looking for a PD, I quickly told him that I was sure interested. George was nice enough to call them back for me and the next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Saskatoon where they hired me as their new Program Director.
Jim just looked at me for a second before saying, “Hey buddy, I knew from the first time that I met you that you had it. Now I’m thinking that you may have jumped too fast, maybe a better opportunity was right around the corner.”
FROM THE RADIO BLOG@ GeorgeJohns.com

There’s no sense having big air personalities if you don’t get them to endorse stuff. I’d start them off with the radio station.
There is no such thing as AC music because no artist ever goes into the studio to cut an AC record.
Great radio stations not only get great ratings they ring the cash register too.
There’s a big difference between people who listen to the radio and those who just hear it. 
The fewer tunes in your library, the less money you’ll need in your promotion budget.
Maybe the Radio Hall Of Fame should be as hard to get into as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. You have to be different, 

Someday does not exist, there is no such day on the calendar.
Have you noticed that watches are just jewelry now?
Education is expensive but not near as costly as ignorance.
Paul is a liberal, John was a conservative.
Being gifted is not necessarily a gift.
The wall in Berlin was originally put up by the Communists to prevent the East Berliners leaving for West Berlin. Now that the wall is down, my question is, why does Berlin now resemble East Berlin?
I believe that your being a Democrat or a Republican has more to do with your ancestors than your intellect.

Why is it easier to get free money in California if you’re an illegal alien than it is if you’re a citizen living on the street?

Maturity is realizing that you can’t do that shit anymore.

Working out of the corporate office as I did when Jim Hilliard owned a bunch of radio stations in Palm Beach, occasionally I would take Cami with me when I visited them on the weekend. Cami who was just a small child was very shy and would make me carry her around. If anybody spoke to her she would just bury her head in my shoulder and offer up no response. One weekend as we were leaving she asked if I knew the names of all the people who worked there. When I told her that I didn’t and she asked how come they all knew my name, I said, “Everybody knows the boss’s name honey.”

It’s much too hard to organize a parade, just find one ready to rock and jump in front of it.

Almost 45,000 people died from suicides last year making it one of the leading causes of death in the US. Unfortunately, the media would rather report on what sports team will or will not visit the White House.


If you’re not a little bit frightened about what you’re doing, you’re not living up to your full potential.
The only good thing about turning forty is now they’ll finally pay you now.
If Jesus were alive today I wonder what he’d be driving?
Everybody is intellectually gifted, all you have to do is figure out what and how many of the 7 intellectual gifts you possess then use the hell out of them to become successful.

There is no tomorrow, it always turns into today so you might as well get on with it.

A man dies twice, once when he takes his last breath, then again when the last person ever to remember him dies.

When I worked at Fairbanks, programming didn’t have any budgets, if you had a great idea there was always money. However, sales had a budget and that budget was about how much money they were expected to bill in a year. I remember when my counterpart, Dick Yancey upon receiving his new budget said, “Jesus Christ Jim, what if we don’t get the ratings?” Jim’s only response was, “Yeah Dick, that will make it a little tougher.”

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4 thoughts on “What If? (An Inspirational Radio Blog About Reality for the week of /18)

  1. The greatest “What If” story, in my opinion, was written by Vic Gold in Harper’s Magazine back in the early 1980s. (Gold, of course, wrote the essay that became the plot for the movie, “Urban Cowboy”.) Gold’s essay was “What If J.F.K. Lived ?”. Yesterday, the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy, provokes a similar question: What if Robert F. Kennedy had not been assassinated ? What if Martin Luther King, Jr. had survived or the bullet missed ? Would this country be markedly different if these transformational leaders been around ? On a personal note, if Jim Hilliard had not offered me a “six-month internship, then you have to leave, and you have to work 12-hours-a-day” for $ 3,300.00 over the six-months (1973), I would have never met you or worked for Jim Hilliard for over 15-years in the 1970s and 1980s. What ifs….

    • What you may not know Jed is that Mr. Gold’s daughter and I were an item for a couple of years so I got to talk with him a few times. A brilliant man who taught me a couple of things that I still use today.

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