(A new geo Blog for July 17/17)

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Back when I was first creating the “Class FM” format, I did so in hopes of attracting 30-year-old women to the radio. Knowing full well being a man that I wouldn’t get it perfect but what I got wrong would fill down to 25 and up to 35  nicely so I went bar hopping hoping to find them. (hey somebody had to do the research) Much to my amazement, I found tons of 20 and 40-year-olds but very few 30-year-olds. Turns out they were working out at some fancy gym getting ready to have babies. Oh, and the reason they left the bars? They didn’t want to fall in love with an alcoholic.
You can always buy great sex, but unfortunately, you can’t buy great conversation.

I understand that women always talk about sex except when men show up.

My Blog is intended mostly for men, but the ladies are always welcome, however, I do recommend buckling up.

There comes a time in your life when the only women you want to impress are your daughters. Obviously, I’m not there yet.

Women are a lot easier to deal with when you don’t desire them.

Men don’t realize that once they commit to a woman they’ve committed to her whole family.

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself and become whomever you’ve always wanted to be.
The only way to understand a parent’s love is by becoming one.
The age old question has always been, “Is it the singer or the song?” Although the fact that songwriters always get paid may be a clue.
It’s true that people only listen to the radio they don’t watch it, but if you don’t get them to look at it occasionally you ain’t gonna make dick!
The only break that means anything to the folks listening to the radio is the one you’re about to do.
I’ve always been a student of radio but it ain’t been teaching me much lately.

If you do your radio show exclusively for the people, who don’t know who you are it won’t be long till they do.

Muses and demons alike whisper in the ears of the gifted, but unfortunately, they use the same voice.

In order to be a “has been, first you have to be “somebody.”

The only thing you need to pursue all your dreams is courage.

The reason guns are so popular is because the person holding it always has everyone’s attention.

Does your being an addict recovering or otherwise make you more or less tolerant of other users?

What does the FCC do?

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Self Sabotage

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A little self-serving on my part but I send it out anyway because Tim makes some great points. geo



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Self Sabotage                                                                       June 28,2017











George Johns is someone to be admired. He is largely under-credited with station-crafting in Fairbanks’ legendary stations in Dallas, Boston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and West Palm Beach, then later developing the “Class FM” concept with brother Reg. Like some of the talent he helped nurture, George continues to be an epic story teller. Worth retelling, he shared the following with me. Important to note, before coming to the states for Fairbanks Communications, George had tremendous radio success in his native Canada. Raised near Winnipeg, George can relate to the unusual ethos of Canadians, and apparently those cast from the “Wheatfield Soul” of Winnipeg.

George replays his reunion with good friend Burton Cummings a few years ago while Burton was doing a one-man show in Boston. While the Boston Globe was interviewing Cummings, Johns was hanging out in Cummings’ dressing room. George relates, “All of a sudden Burton turns to me and says, ‘George, you will understand this, you’re from Winnipeg and you know how it is. Back when I was about twenty-one we had the number one record in the world, American Woman. Not only that, we were scheduled to play Carnegie Hall in New York, and from that performance we were going to release a live album, The Guess Who Live From Carnegie Hall. Can you believe that George…someone from Winnipeg playing at Carnegie Hall, captured live forever on an album?’ Then Burton Cummings looks down, shakes his head and says to me, ‘have you ever heard the album George’?”

“Wow, no! I never even knew it existed!” Johns replied. Cummings shrugged his shoulders and said, “That’s because it doesn’t. Come on George, we’re from Winnipeg; you know the drill, what the hell were we thinking…Carnegie Hall? No way. We know our place… nobody ever really gets out of Winnipeg.”

Johns asked the inevitable: my God, “what happened?” Cummings recounted his squandered opportunity. “I was so excited I stayed up and partied all night…slept right through it! Never made the gig, man! Can you believe that? I never made the #%@ gig. Randy Bachman and the guys got up, I didn’t. No matter what happens, I can’t get that precious moment back. But hey, I’m from Winnipeg, maybe it was never meant to be.”

With much reverence for Burton Cummings and The Guess Who, and with apologies to Winnipeg (I’ve always loved the city), we benefit from an insightful life lesson: Winnipeg, Hollywood or the Sports arena, Cummings’ story goes right to the subconscious and the power can hold over any of us. When people are conditioned to “deserve” success, more often than not, they find success. Those who from an early age may be programmed into the “awe man, that’s just not me” mindset see their lot differently-subconsciously of course-setting up reversals that keep them forever in a world of disappointment, sometimes failure.

Ball players, CEO’s, politicians and film stars, right along with some of the rest of us often can’t stand repeated attacks of good fortune, finding a creative way to trash our trophies.

Burton Cummings deserved to play at Carnegie Hall. He possessed the talent, work ethic, and the limelight of the moment. The only reason Burton Cummings and The Guess Who didn’t record that Live at Carnegie Hall album was because deep in the pantheon of the subconscious, Burton Cummings may not have believed he belonged there.


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What About The Nuns? (new geo Blog for the week of July 03/17)

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I gotta mark this one down as “The Times They Are A Changin’. A couple of years ago we celebrated both Candis’ and my birthday at Bob and Jan’s place in Simi Valley where Cami was also in attendance. It’s very special for me when both my daughters are around, so I was having a great time. At some point though Candis came up to me and said, “Wow, Dad you’ve gone through some pretty big changes huh?” When I asked what she meant, she told me that she noticed that her little sister (19) must have a magic wine glass because it was never empty. She then went on to say that she remembered once being at a party with me where I asked her what she was drinking. When she told me it was white wine, she claimed that such a horrified look came over my face that she was forced to say, “Dad ya gotta lighten up, I’m 35.”
Positive things may feel good, but it’s not a learning experience.
When the radio brass starts cutting their salaries, we’ll know that then and only then that they are beginning to get serious about their debt. Until then, I predict they’ll just continue tap dancing for the banks and investors as they to hold on to their enormous salaries.
The Beatles never dreamed they’d be as successful as they became so consequently they had no plan ready and flamed out early.
I know a whole lot about a little, but like everyone, I have an opinion about everything.
Every city in the world is fantastic If you have rich friends living there.
The biggest risk of all is not taking one.
I think that the old rule that you should never spend more than 30% of your income on your mortgage still stands. Most people though ignore it which is why they find themselves upside down most of the time.
You will never be happy until you’re able to say what you mean and mean what you say.
I think having a daughter changes a man more than a wife ever does.
Isn’t it still racist if you cut someone slack because of their race?
Change does not come about without some inconvenience.
How do college athletes afford those hair extensions?
Speaking of sports, how many games do you think a kicker in college or the NFL should play before somebody explains the game to them?
You can play any song you want on the radio as long as your explanation of why you’re playing it is interesting.
I think that the only thing going on in radio today is figuring out how to be the “last man standing.”
Most radio station promotions sound like they were created by the sales department which is a problem because listeners don’t care about what’s good for the client.
If were serious about climate change don’t you think we should be ragging on Mexico, China, and India rather than beating ourselves up about it all the time?
The real money comes from getting more people to like you, not love you.
There are six sides to every argument, but unfortunately, most people only see things through their Republican and Democratic eyes.
The way the brain exercises is by solving problems.
Action eliminates all doubt.
To have a better tomorrow, one must forget about all the shoulda coulda woulda’s.
After discovering that a lot of Priests were perverts, what have they found out about the Nuns?
What do people who weren’t abused use as an excuse for their bad behavior?
If society is responsible for those who went bad then it must also be responsible for those who went good?
Sensitivity and sensitive are light years apart in meaning.
The problem that I have with Muslims is a lot of them look like terrorists.
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“Laughter” (new geo Blog for the week of July 10/17)

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The great playwright Neil Simon (shown above) said a few things over the years that have stuck with me. Neil, of course, wrote some huge plays like The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Goodbye Girl and Laughter On The 23rd Floor to name but a few. “Laughter” was about the time when he was an intern writer working on a TV series called, “Your Show Of Shows.” The show which featured writers like Sid Caeser, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen and had been #1 for a long time.
When the series began to be beaten by things like Lassie, Neil figured out that America no longer wanted manufactured humor about people like Hitler and Mussolini. What they wanted now were stories about people whom they could relate to which was what Neil wrote about.
Even though most of Neil’s plays were very humorous, he only used serious actors for the leads. He claimed that funny people were always in too much of a hurry to get to the punch line whereas he felt that all the words he wrote were important.

The only shot you have at becoming a decent person is by resisting temptation.
Nobody is bigger than the small people.
You’re only one person away from changing your whole life.
There are more beautiful women in the world than there are decent men.
The only advice worth listening to is the advice that you ask for.
Hey Mr. Business man what part of your profit is only a privilege, not a right don’t you get?
Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean I have to like it or listen to it.
Most things in life are about sex except sex which is about power.
Most kids can’t tell if their Mom and Dad are good parents, only the shrink knows.
Trying to get in shape is what keeps you in shape. 
No man ever dreams about becoming the financial solution for a woman.
Is it just me or does the current school system seem a little “old school?”
I hate it when women call me by my given name, it sounds unaffectionate.
If research had anything at all to do with the Arts, some research company would have won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy, or be in a Hall of Fame somewhere.
If the little voice inside your you tells you not to do something, by all means, do it if for no other reason than to silence the voice.
I find it strange that here is enough wheat grown in North Dakota to feed the whole world but the world is only excited about their oil which nobody needs.
Familiarity breeds contempt. 
Why do some people who are watching the game think that they know more about the game than the people who are playing it?
One of the major problems with radio is that backstage we all look the same.
Give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach a man how to fish he’ll eat for a lifetime, explain the philosophy of fishing to him and he’ll open a chain of seafood restaurants.
People listen to radio one person at a time.
I learned a long time ago that you can never leave a woman, they have to leave you.
What do you call a person who hangs out with drug users?
It’s never been about you want, it’s always been about what the person you want, wants. 

It’s a hell of a lot easier to turn a programming concept into a sales tool than it is to get a listener interested in something that sales people need.

​Does the consumption of alcohol change you or reveal or reveal who you really are?

What’s the sense of having power if you don’t abuse it?

My dream is to become as attractive as the Russian, Filipino, and the African girls on Facebook, claim I already am.

Striving and struggling come before success both in life and in the dictionary.

Feeling inadequate always drove me to become more than I could be.

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Stuff That I’ve I’ve Been Told. ( new geo Blog for week of June 5/17 )

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Mr. Fairbanks cautioned me that my continuing to present after already receiving a yes from him could only lead to a “no.”

Jim Hilliard warned me to never get in a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel. Hey, I wonder how much ink my computer holds ’cause I’m ready to rock!

Frank Osborn claims that every GM gets two PD’s and every PD gets two books.

Mark Hubbard told me that to be successful;  you either have to be first, best, or different.

Terry Keilty scolded me in Ottawa saying that I was a fool for hiring Roger Klein who was too good for us so would soon leave. Terry was right; Roger did leave when he left with me for Toronto.

Bobby Cole said that it’s impossible to carry on a love affair with three different women at the same time. Just when you think you’ve got it done, all three will show up and you’ll be lunch.

My Uncle Jack claimed that all women are the same, they just look different.

Bob Christy says the way to market yourself is to simply sit at the bar until some beautiful woman drags you out to her car. It worked well for him.

Roger Snowden told me that nobody moved to Florida to work harder.

The Hunny Bunny said “her ass” when I asked what the hell all the cars were honking at as we walked down a busy street in Miami.

Garth Brooks said to me that he was wild in High School but not as wild as he wanted to be, he was too scared.

Dick Dresner claimed that you get new listeners just like you track the big horned sheep. You have to anticipate where they’re going and be there waiting for them.
Brent Farris said that radio is still viable until the day George Johns starts talking sales.
“Hollywood” Manning showed me that you could ruin the look of a two thousand dollar suit just by wearing matching shoes.
Martin Milner told me that the reason there could never be a “Route 66” reunion show, was ’cause too many of the little towns they shot in are still looking for his co-star George Maharis.
Rick Moranis said that the reason “Ghost Busters” was such a hit was because of the tension on the set. Most of the cast were writers so when the cameras were rolling you never knew what was gonna come at you which caused a lot of tension but also produced a lot of magic.
Cat Simon claimed that he finally figured out that no “bit” was ever too long if I laughed.
After informing Joe Amaturo that I went to the Manitoba Institute of Technology, he suggested I shorten it to M I T.
Award-winning Tom Cochran said that he was so excited about getting an interview for a possible news position at WIBC that he cut off his long hair. When News director Fred Heckman finally agreed to hire him, he also told him to get a haircut.
Reid Reker said that he loves to date wild women, but because of his religious upbringing he can’t stay married to them.
Ralph Connor taught me that folks don’t listen to Television they watch it.
Ann McMartin told me that women only remember five affairs and absolutely no one-night stands.
Delilah said that when she got her new deal with Premiere, she gave all of her homes to her staff.
Bill Gardner says that he doesn’t think that I ever lied to him,  but there was a possibility that I may have left out some of the truth.
Russ Morley taught me that if sex ever came up at dinner, there would be none for dessert.
Tom Skinner wondered if I’d ever heard of “client run.”
Ed Shadek told GM Jack Collins that if George Johns or any of his people didn’t like something, neither did the Shadeks.
Jarl Mohn claimed that when he started “E” that something I had once said to him became the foundation of his company. “If it’s happening in the halls, it will happen on the air.”
Al Mair told me that the reason he came all the way from Toronto to Saskatoon to buy me dinner was only because he knew I wouldn’t be there long.
Cris Conner said that kept his show prep on a clipboard in his truck. On his way into the station each day he would see enough weird stuff that by the time he got there his show was ready.
Jamie Gold said to me that I should forget about where I came from and get on with where I should be.
George Darenchuk promised that if I would give him my undivided attention for the first twenty minutes of his class not only would we spend the rest of the time talkin’ football but I’d get an “A.”

Jim Quail called to say after stumbling across a talk show host talking about me in the middle of the night, “Holy s#it, you really are somebody!”

Marnie Howard told me she was dating two and a half men and I, of course, had to ask who the half man was. She said it was a guy whom she invited back to her place after having a nice dinner out. He claimed that he couldn’t because he had an early morning.

Part Deaux next week.

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