Geo’s Media Blog (Who Helped You?) under construction

One of my proudest moments ever was running the LA Marathon with my daughter, Candis. (Shown running a 10k in San Diego above) At the time she was going to college at UCLA and while doing a training run with her through her campus, I saw something I’d never seen before. It was a sports arena named after a coach who was still alive so I had to stop running and marvel at it. The person it was named after was the legendary basketball coach, John Wooden.
When we began running again, Candis asked who he was and what it was that made him so special. I told her that he coached the Bruins for 12 years and during his tenure, not only did he win the NCAA Basketball Championship 10 times, he did it for 7 years in a row.
While at UCLA, he also coached two of the world’s best-ever basketball players, Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Bill Walton as a freshman was a long hair and remembers well his first meeting with coach Wooden. Bill was explaining to the coach that his long hair was very important because it was his statement to the world that he opposed the Viet Nam War. Surprisingly, he said, coach Wooded claimed that understood and believed that Bill had the right to protest the war in any fashion he chose to do so. Unfortunately, though, he went on to say, “He wouldn’t be doing it as a UCLA Bruin.” Bill cut his hair the next day.
Kareem (shown above with Mr.Wooden) remembers his first meeting with the Coach in the Bruins locker room. Kareem who went by Lew Alcindor back then was lacing up his shoes before practice when Coach Wooden interrupted him by saying, “No no Lew, you don’t lace them like that, here, let me show you how to do it so you don’t get any blisters.” Most athletes he went on to say, “Can play with a pulled hamstring, but nobody can play with a blister.”

To this day, and even though they have had many coaches on their way to the Hall of Fame, Kareem and Bill refer to one man as “coach,” another Hall of Famer, John Wooden. 
Who helped me? Well, not only did the following people help me but they also taught me everything I needed to know so I could live a pretty good life.
Here’s to, Peter Proskurnik, Rolly Blaquire, Terry Kenny, Bruce Walker, Mark Parr, Jimmy Darin, Chuck Dann, Daryl ‘B’ Burlingham, Gary Russell, Woody Cooper, Keith Dancy, Ted Rogers, Roger Klein, Joel Thompson, Keith Elshaw, Doc Harris, J Robert Wood, Ted Randal, Hugh Heller, Jim Hilliard, Dick Yancey, Cris Conner, Ron Chapman, Jerry Bobo, Russ Morley, Jack McCoy, Tom and Ed Shadek, Reid Reker, Reg Johns, Jim West, Bill Yde, Bob Christy, Bill Gardner, Bobby Cole, Bruce Buchanan, Jason Williams, Rollye James, Tim Reever, Tom Hoyt, Joe Amaturo, Betsy Cameron, and the crew at KZST, Gordon Zlot, Tom Skinner, and Brent Farris. I have no words that could possibly come close to showing my appreciation, so I’ll just go with a simple thank you.

One of the things that radio does the best is to make people and places, famous. Unfortunately, we don’t get a dime for doing so. 

Only arithmetic and the truth are absolute.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.

I wish all the celebrities who like talking politics on the award shows would go on tour and just talk about politics. How many tickets do you suppose they would sell?

I always liked the fact that when you got married, the bride changed her name to yours until I had daughters.

There is nothing more frightening than our imagination.

How much money does it take to convince a Jr Senator that we should stay in the desert?

Most beautiful women aren’t interesting enough to spend the whole night with.

There are two types of people, those who believe that things will turn out good and those who don’t.


Norm Wilkens: You should know that I keep a lot of your “sayings” for future reference. Keep it up. (Comments)

Orly Knutson: Indy was some of the best years of my life!!! I will never forget them!! Let’s do it again!!! (The Great Gift)

Asher Benrubi: A couple of rockin’ tunes George!  That was the sound of the day!  “Not Guilty” could be a modern-day TV or movie theme song. Nice. (The Jury)

Dick Yancey: One of the fun things about selling a Fairbanks promotion is the wild claims we would make to the client. (Who Do Sales & Engineering Answer To?)

Geo: My favorite sales call that I ever made was with you, Dick. We had come up with a brand new promotion at WIBC in Indy called the “Magic Ticket” and I got to go along with you on our first pitch. My role was to answer any programming questions the client may have and you also brought the salesperson along who would be servicing the account. However, you told him that he had to stay quiet because as you said, “We’re going to ask for big money so we have to look and sound like this is not our first big money Rodeo.”
One of the lines in the produced promo we played at the presentation, claimed that WIBC was going to offer our listeners over a hundred thousand dollars in cash and prizes. When the promo ended, the owner of the drug store immediately said, “Well, I’m guessing that getting involved in this “Magic Ticket” of yours is going to cost us about a hundred thousand dollars, am I right?” You quickly responded with, “Nope, only seventy-five” and I’m pretty sure that was the moment you came up with the price?

Dale Heath: I think maybe John was only pretending that he believed Yoko could sing 🙂 (Q U)

Dave Martin: Bravos, George. Thank you. You have, as ever, provided a lucid theory of the case. Please let me suggest the obvious (always the hardest thing to see since it hides in plain sight): winners respect and are obsessed with the fundamentals. Winning involves the cumulative effect of important details (e.g., superior blocking and tackling, prowess at the free-throw line).
My sense is what we have here is a leadership problem a continuing failure of imagination. The awesome news – as you have taught us – is competing against luck remains relatively simple. Hard work, audacity, resilience and having fun on the radio continues to produce incredible results. Allow me to add … today is not a dress rehearsal.
Again, thanks for the inspiration, George. All the best. (Nuthin’ On But The Radio)

Bill aka Whiskey Sour: Johnny Cash was in Winnipeg in April of ’67 at the location just back of The Bay, forget the name of that theatre.  He was so drugged up he could barely stand, the only thing holding him up was the mike stand, but he still put on a hell of a show.  A friend that worked in a dentist office in the Peg said he had been in with a toothache and looking for some meds……!  Not sure if that was the same date you opened for him or not? Cheers.

Geo: That was the same date, Bill. It was also the tour that June Carter moved into Johnny’s suite and appointed herself the leader of the band. When she started telling the Statler Brothers how she wanted them to sing, they used the ‘C’ word to describe her to me. (Specificity)

Craig Walker: George,
How can some things be so clearly true and, at the same time, so hugely ignored? Good morning radio isn’t a science. It’s an art.

Geo: Wow, Craig Walker, legendary morning man from K103 in Portland checks in with the truth. (Nuthin’ On But The Radio.)

Moto: The best Kevin Metheny story ever was when he was so richly introduced to the WNAP staff, and after he’d thoroughly explained his job and position, Smash looked at him and said; “Now, exactly what is it that you do?” (Women)

Bill Johnson: Yancey bullshitted you – he never offered my team a 35% raise to work on Saturdays – we were so greedy, we all would have been there. Also, I think most of the sales staff at NAP worked weekends anyway – entertaining clients. (Radio Royalty)

Geo: Yeh, I remember entertaining potential clients on the weekend too Bill. Sure glad that we had some trade at all those bars in Indy.

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