I loved living in South Florida
a new Daddy again
until a scammer
tried to serve me some pain
Cami’s Mom stood by me
and for that, I am grateful
‘Cuz a few things between us
had been more than stressful.
Dee wanted a settlement
before she’d fade away
But Hilliard told the lawyers
there’s no f#cking way.
I do, though, have three children from three different mothers, which does sound a little wild, doesn’t it?.
My wife Lana gave birth to our daughter Candis, we adopted our son Curtis, and Kari, whom I was engaged to, is the mother of my daughter Cami.
Nonetheless, I have some great memories of them all and the breathless moment they provided.
Most of my memories of them are good, but one of the worst occurred when I was the resident consultant for Fairbanks Broadcasting in West Palm Beach.
Her charges were ludicrous not to mention that her story didn’t add up or even stay the same; nonetheless, the case dragged on and on and on.
Dee’s recollections would always change and then when her story would start to unravel again, the lawyer would be gone.
I guess Dee hoped that the company would eventually tire of the case and pay her some ransom money to go away.
I wasn’t doing anything, so I told her to go ahead and bring her back.
When I told her that she was talking to the wrong guy and needed to speak to Ken Payne because he was the program director, she looked so disappointed that I told her that I would set up the appointment.
The next time I saw Dee was a few months later when once again she made another surprise visit to the corporate office.
The cake was something that you would expect to maybe see at a bachelor party. It featured a naked woman with pubic hair, and I can only imagine how much jail time I’d get if I were the one serving it up?
I, of course, felt that it proved that she was the pervert, not me.
Dee’s newest lawyer, for whatever reason, decided to depose Kari, who is the mother of my daughter Cami.
Kari claimed that she didn’t feel anything because she didn’t believe it.
When Jim and I first met he was the Program Director of CKY in Winnipeg and become my mentor for most of my life. He gave me the break of a lifetime by hiring me to be the National PD of Fairbanks Broadcasting where we had a great ride together but the best part of it all is … We ain’t done yet.The man needed to be thanked first though is Mark Parr whom I knew before I met Jim. It was Mark who actually got me started in radio by teaching me how to run the board one day out of the blue then drove management crazy until they hired me as a part time board op. Without out his persuading me to give running the board a shot I doubt very much that I would have had a radio career.
Next up is Daryl “B” and Chuck Riley, Chuck gave me great production ears and Daryl talked management into giving me his Music Director’s title when he left for Vancouver.
Before Jim left for Indianapolis he’d made me the Production Director so now that I also had the Music Director’s title George Dawes our midday jock (pictured) used both of my titles to get me an interview with some folks he knew at CKOM in Saskatoon where I soon became their new Program Director.
Becoming a PD was the good news, the bad news, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.
I’m told that a person is usually the answer and that person turned out to be Gary (Vidler) Russell who also ended up becoming a life long friend.(pictured with me) Without his help my whole radio career might have ended right then.
Here’s to Roger Klein who made me sound so smart in Sudbury Ottawa and Toronto where along with Keith Elshaw (photo) we created the first ever AC station.
While at CFTR I got to work with some incredible talent like the Magic Christian, Sandy Hoyt, Doc Harris, plus Earl Mann with whom I still work a little with today, but its Earl’s board op Rick Moranis I really want to thank.
Rick made all our Jock meetings hilarious but he also made a dinner I had with him in New York very special for me when he was kind enough to tell my daughter Candis who was going to NYU that I had been a big inspiration to him at the beginning of his career.
Speaking of Toronto I can’t ever leave out Keith Dancy and Ted Rogers (pictured) who managed to lure me to Toronto from CFRA in Ottawa where ratings wise things were going real well.
They also had the balls to let me launch a brand new experimental format on CFTR which changed not only my whole life but probably a few others too including theirs.
When Jim Hilliard hired me to be his National PD I put my new format on KVIL in Dallas where Ron Chapman along with his Texas Hall Of Fame Staff took it to legendary status (Ron pictured with me after I inducted him into his third Radio Hall of Fame) Not only did the huge success of KVIL launch an entirely new career for me but it also allowed my childhood dream of living in California to come true.
My first priority at Fairbanks though was WIBC/WNAP in Indy where I was back working with Chuck Riley and Gary Todd again whom I’d worked with in Winnipeg. We had an incredible line up there like Fred Heckman Lou Palmer Tom Cochran Bob Lamey Jerry Baker Buster Bodine and one of the most creative guys I ever worked with, Cris Conner who made my first few years in America a pleasure (Cris pictured with me at his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame)
I’ve gotta thank sales guru Dick Yancey (photo) who convinced me that if I could just figure out a way to creatively tie sales into all of our promotions, wonderful things like my first Mercedes would soon happen.
Thank you attorney John King (photo) for getting our promotions past the FCC so well that when Dick Yancey syndicated “The Magic Ticket” it was stamped … FCC approved!
How could I forget Norm Wilkens and his gifted artist Lotsy who created so many of our award winning billboards.(Billboard of the year)
I’ll never forget the first time I met Jack McCoy which resulted in me getting to run a lot of his great promotions first. Jack was also my secret voice on many of them but most importantly he taught me the “math” of ratings and was kind enough to spread my name across America.
Here’s to my smarter than me brother Reg who managed to combine a few of our better promotions and figure a way to put them up on the internet which made him real well.
It was there that I met my long time friend and associate Reid Reker.(photo) The Shadeks who owned KOGO/KPTI also owned KLLS in San Antonio where Reid and I launched the first ever “CLASS FM” which became hit instantly and before long Jim West had it on over 40 stations in North America. The “Class” format was just a clone of KVIL and I thank God that we had a few talented guys around like Cat Simon, Jason Williams, Bruce Buchanan, Al Gardner, Harry Nelson and of course my old buddy Bill Gardner who when he had been at KVIL for its birth and won radio personality of year during his tenure there so he helped us out enormously in San Antonio. All of these guys understood the “Class” concept so luckily we were able to send a bunch of them out into the field to launch a few others for us.Hey how big do you supposes those cajones on Toney Brooks are. (photo) When I first met him he was running a chain of very successful AOR stations for Sandusky radio but gave me two of them anyway to put “Class FM” on. Toney turned out to be right because KLSI in Kansas City and KLSY in Seattle went on to very big things under the leadership of Steve Dinkel and Dana Horner.
Before them though there was Roger Snowdon who after doing my taxes one year surprised me by claiming that I had just became a millionaire.(Rog do you still have that Mill tucked away) In San Diego it was Jerry Perkins who kept the Feds off my back but Bill Yde was the one who talked me into buying Fairwest which led to our purchasing our own radio stations. What a mind boggling experience that was for a lad from Transcona.
I’ll also never forget you introducing me to a new talk show host by the name of Rush Limbaugh who against my better judgement you put on KKOB in Albuquerque “The land Of Entitlement.” Boy was I ever wrong!
Then there’s Tim Reever who taught me how to be fast and showed me how to take the events to a whole new level while still having fun and telling stories.
I can’t ever forget my favorite lawyer Betsy Cameron who not only got me involved with Joe Amaturo’s stations, but also got me into my beautiful condo in West Palm Beach.
They are all pictured with me at our meetings in Palm Springs along with Bobby Cole whom I once traveled the nation with when he was the V/P of Programming for Fairmont Communications. I’ve been working with KZST for well over 25 years now and still look forward to each and every visit and I want to thank them for not only some great radio, but also great fun.
It’s impossible to leave out folks like super tech Matt Greeney who actually was the one who taught me how to e mail which led me to blogging and put his life in danger. Thank you Rich Stevens who designed my Blog and fixes it when I screw it all up as I constantly do and there are a lot of people like “Little Jim” who help me without realizing it and I can only hope that they know who they are. This chapter is becoming longer than “War and Peace” so I’ve got to stop somewhere but I can’t stop though without thanking all the special ladies in my life. First there’s my daughters Candis and Cami of course along with their mothers Lana and Kari plus Sharon, Linda, Jamie, Leslie, Robin, Mary, Laura, and Joasia. These ladies have not only kept me motivated throughout my journey but they also kept me excited but that’s another story for another day. geo
SOME STUFF I’VE BEEN THINKIN’ ABOUT…..
Most people are a lot more honest than those chosen to represent them.
Your reputation will long outlive you.
So when your bill is jacked up at a restaurant does management share with the servers.
Why do most restaurant owners and managers look like gangsters.
Has anybody else noticed that even though gas prices have plummeted airline tickets have not.
In Canada when I worked there the CRTC cared only about the listeners wanted so your license was based on what you promised to do for them. This promise made the program director’s position in Canada a much bigger deal than his American counter part’s.
The bad times truly reveal who your friends really are.
Why do guys who have spent most of their lives in basements trying to learn how to play a guitar feel compelled to tell us who to vote for.
The truth may set you free but it wont make you popular.
When those baby clocks go off you need be very careful ’cause they tend fall in love very easily .
Even when they totally deserve it you never can hit a woman but they can hit you.
Women may forgive but they never forget whereas men forget but they seldom forgive.
Women only know how to handle men who are attracted to them.
Do bad girls know they’re bad.
Trying to figure out which ones are bad and which ones are only naughty is a wonderful quest.
I’m attracted to broken women and they to me but neither of us has any idea how to handle each other.
You soon become whom you hang out with.
Have you ever heard of the sales department leading the radio station into battle.
Selling radio with out ratings builds character.
Sales promotions that sound like programming promotions on a radio station are always successful.
Genius is never convenient.
Courage is the only thing you need to conger up in order to chase your dreams.
Successful people tend to listen more than talk.
Even in the dictionary struggle comes before success.
Have you ever noticed how long it takes people who have nothing to say to say it.
Working your way through problems is like lifting weights, it makes your brain stronger.
Action erases all doubt.
Why do people who have never done anything claim to know what you should do.
You learn with your ears not your mouth.
As skinny and as small as we were we must have looked pretty funny to all the giants who worked out there like Marshall Quelch, (pictured above back then and today) Ray Lasko, Morris Todorchuk, Al Atamanchuk and a few others. A whole bunch of them went on to become champions but Pete and I certainly weren’t destined for any of that and in fact the only guy there who was smaller than us was our trainer “Scotty” who never took any shit from anybody. After our workout, we’d all head for the steam room where they all really took us to school by teasing the shit out of us. They enjoyed describing in intimate details all the disgusting things they claimed we’d be begging girls to let us do to them pretty soon.
Years later “Q” who by then was Western Canada’s weightlifting champion not to mention also being a black belt Karate expert became the Jury’s bodyguard and from that moment on no farm boys ever messed with The Jury again.
It’s been a while he wrote since I’ve had to straighten out some disrespectful punks for you but claimed he’d enjoy doing so again if anybody ever messed with my daughter.
He reminds me a lot of Mike in the “Breaking Bad” and the “You Better Call Saul” TV series and legend has it that today he makes his living taking hunting expeditions up into northern Manitoba where he hunts bear with a bow and arrow. Good to know that after all these years that “Q” still has my back.