Geo’s Media Blog (The Birth Of Rock & Roll) New 12/16/19

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In my mind’s eye, I can still see the day I discovered the two things that dominated the rest of my life.
I was about twelve or thirteen and was at my friend Barry’s house one warm spring day practicing for the little league tryouts. After working up quite a sweat, Barry suggested that we head inside for some water. Once in there, I couldn’t help but notice the blonde goddess who was swaying her hips to some strange sounding music.
The goddess turned out to be Barry’s seventeen-year-old sister who was playing a tune over and over on the record player called “Crazy Man Crazy.” I found out later that this tune by Bill Haley and the Comets was one of the first Rock & Roll records ever made and as I stood there watching her sway, I was completely mesmerized. I had no idea that the women who looked like her and the music that she was playing, would rock my world forever.
Radio didn’t play any Rock & Roll in those days so when Patti Page recorded, “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window,” my friends and I were finally done. We were ready to rock even though we didn’t know what that was yet.
I recently found a rare copy of “Crazy Man Crazy,” and whenever I play it, I still see Barry’s sister’s hips swaying back and forth, back and forth, back and …

A torrid tale of a lusty night, when written by a man, is usually longer than the actual event and in fact, may take up a whole chapter. However, the woman’s version of the same event hardly takes a whole page.

Nielson seems to be in the business of measuring listeners who don’t buy anything.

Fear is the PD at most radio stations today.

Unfortunately, the instructions about out of the box thinking are written on the out side of the lid. 
The only difference between making 50,000 dollars a year or a month. is the knowledge it takes to do so.

Beating last years numbers means nothing; the whole world is a new place now.

You eventually become who you are acting like at this moment.

The way you language things either makes or breaks your presentation.

Gary Russell: (pictured with me above) Geo,
Thanks once again for the kind words my friend, but I doubt that I ever knew more about programming than you did. But even if I did for the briefest of moments, you were the guy who inspired me in how to be a leader, how to get everyone to perform beyond what they believed they were capable of.

Geo: I miss and love ya man!

Dennis John Bailey:  Geo, you recently wrote, “The only people who read USA Today are out of towners and Dee-Jays.”
Something I heard recently also struck me as very George Johnsesque.
How many radio stations put in a great deal of promotional time and effort supporting their market’s Ronald McDonald House – a wonderful resource used exclusively by people from out of town? (If Monica Had Only Kept Bill Busier)

John Trout: I was a Top 40 jock who once worked for Fairbanks at WNAP where I was motivated and inspired by the creative freedoms allowed and promotional concepts generated. However, my love for broadcasting and a little foresight, I realized that before long, corporate handcuffs would not allow the radio medium to grow from the entertainer’s standpoint, so I became a TV Meteorologist. Here, the creativity rests in the changes of daily weather patterns and the winds of change are not measured over the skies of wall street. (Women Are Not Welcome Here)

Paul Goldstein: Current broadcast owners will squeeze all the profits they can in next 24 months or so & then exit w/lucrative packages leaving a collapsed FM/AM platform?  The lack of meaningful online content suggests that is exactly will happen.  Remind me of this quote from the CEO of Smith Corona in the early 90s:  “…We strongly believe in the continuing need for the typewriter….”  When asked what new products/services it planned to produce, Thompson said, “Nothing right now.” (The Beatles)

Bill Taylor: I have never experienced chronic depression but lived with someone who did. It’s hard to understand at first because it seems to the laymen (It doesn’t make sense.) It’s not till a person matures in age and is more understanding, do we realize that it is a sickness and a horrible one at that. I personally am so sorry that I never really understood depression. No one really talked about it but I knew Billy Wakeman and was shocked to hear how depressed he was how his life ended. I feel so sad about Kelly Richter, Barry Rodgers and a few others who took their lives because of depression. They should teach this subject in all schools and perhaps others’ lives will be saved and cured. Thanks, George for sharing this with me. (Depression Didn’t Get Rick Hallson, Cigarettes Did)

Jerry K: Jim Hilliard was a prince and an inspiration to me and many others. Although he climbed the ladder thru programming, he was a Hell of a fine salesman with a pretty keen knowledge of engineering.

Geo: He always bragged about having his “first,” whatever the hell that means Jerry? (3 Halls Of Fame Baby)

Jed Duvall: George:  I feel very sorry for those young people who became child actors and then lost their way when the grew up when they weren’t as cute as they once were, and then find out that their managers and/or parents spent all of that “big” money while they were still working.  It must be challenging when the roar of the crowd stops, phone calls for roles never come, and the bank account is hovering near zero. – Jed
By the way, the fantastic thing about Bill Gardner (and Ron Chapman) was that they could almost always say something meaningful within 140-words!  That’s what practicing all of the joke punchlines does for a professional. (Lightning Bolts)

Jim Davis: Thinking about Shakespeare’s quote “The play’s the thing”, reminds me that recently I was listening to Herb Oscar Anderson record his weekly show in our Ocean FM studio where he does a weekly Saturday afternoon show.  Herb is 82 and still has that amazing voice, and the great ability to “spin a yarn”.  I always noticed that when he introduces a song, he does it in a very theatrical way with lots of “bravado”.  I said, “Herb, you always make it sound so exciting”. He said: “Jim, I was taught that when the record begins, it’s like the curtain is going up and the show begins”. Shakespeare and Herb must have gone to the same school. (Steve, I Just Said To Slow Down, Not Quit)

Doug Herman: “Speaking of wealthy there is a huge huge difference between being rich and being wealthy.” Chris Rock explained this phenomenon in one of his standup shows a couple of years ago: “Shaq is rich, the guy who writes his paychecks is wealthy.” I think that pretty well covers it. (For The Good Of The Country)


Michael Gillespie: You wrote, “Back in the day, you could tell if a radio station was successful or not by how powerful the Chief Engineer was. I wonder who it is now, probably the accountant.” OK, I was a Chief Engineer I’m not sure what you’re implying.” Confused?

(Radio Wars)

Geo: The Chief at unsuccessful radio stations not only get to attend all the meetings, but they also got to vote on promotions and other programming stuff. Not so much at successful stations Michael. 

Jerry BoBo: Once upon a time, salespeople had to use both legs and a tank of gas to meet new advertising prospects. Today I’m guessing AE’s only use a chair, a screen, and a mouse. Back in the day, it was hard to get me out of your office, but now, clients can get rid of you with the mere click of their mouse. (And The Good Thing About Consolidation is?)

Doug Thompson: George, John Lennon, and George Harrison were never knighted.  Only Paul and Ringo are ‘sirs’ now.  Yesterday, I heard a DJ on the ’70s on 7 channel on Sirius/XM mention Ringo’s recent honour and say “John Lennon sent back his knighthood in 1969”. WRONG! John sent back his MBE medal in 1969.  He had no knighthood to send back. This jock lost all credibility for me in that instant and it would have taken 10 seconds to check it on google. (Let It, Snow)

Bill Gardner: As I changed jobs and cities for my old friend George Johns, I’d do this:  Drive into my new city and hit “scan” on my car radio. When it stopped on Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street,” that was probably the station I’d be working for……George’s station. 🙂 (Yes Men)

John Wells: Those days on lunch breaks at Portage and Main. A couple of young guys from 432 Main just watching the most beautiful Winnipeg women walk by on summer days. It was special! It remains difficult even today to find more purely attractive women anywhere than Winnipeg…..then and now!

Geo: John, the only thing that could compare, was watching the ladies of Dallas on their lunch break many years later. However, by then I was well trained by the Winnipeg lovelies so I better knew what to do with them. Miss our prowls man. (Last Dance)

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Geo’s Media Blog (Restaurants & Radio) New for 12/09/19

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I’ve always thought of restaurants and radio as being very similar. Radio has music, air talent, and promotions. Whereas restaurants have menus, servers, and daily specials. Radio stations need to play great music and restaurants need a great menu and both the servers at the restaurant and the on-air talent at the radio station have to have pleasant demeanors.
The specials at the restaurant need to be outstanding as do the promotions at the radio station and the reputations and image of both the radio station and the restaurant need to be impeccable.
However, before any of the above becomes important, you first must decide what kind of a restaurant/radio station it’s going to be.
Very few, if any restaurants become popular if they try to feature Italian, Mexican, and French cuisine on the menu. Radio stations who play Oldies, Rock, Country, Hip Hop, or AC music would also suffer the same fate.
In my opinion, restaurants are much better at knowing who they are than radio stations. Radio today offers a very confusing menu, it can’t tell the difference between Hip Hop, and AC and now even Country is getting confused. Good luck to us all.

You tend to remember the things you want to remember. 
Why do the words, “For The Greater Good” and “Because Of National Security,” change an otherwise illegal activity into a legal one?
I wonder what the millennials are gonna do when no matter who they vote for, they will discover as we already know, “There is no free lunch.” 
In this day and age when opportunity knocks, it takes so long to undo all your locks that it’s already too late. 
Being out of time is not a good enough reason to finish a project that’s not done. 
He who truly knows may not feel the need to share unless asked to. 
You are who you hang with. 
California is so beautiful that half of the homeless in America have chosen to live there. 
You’re only one fuck-up away from the only thing that you will be remembered for. 
Real friends shouldn’t have to ask for help. 
According to Tim Reever, selling radio without ratings builds character. 
He who walks into a room with the best looking lady on his arm owns the room.
Being impartial is almost impossible. 

No one knows what’s gonna become popular.

Paul Cavenaugh: Shame on you George.  You didn’t even scratch the surface of Ken Lemann’s remarkable abilities. Some talents are good, others great, and a few that are brilliant, Ken is amongst the latter. (I Got Lucky)

Geo: Paul, Kenny has always been one of my all-time favorite jocks, and even though he was #1 for over 20 years, nobody knows his name which was how he liked it. I still remember teasing him a jock meeting one day when I said, “Ken, because of your outstanding ratings on WRMF you get to introduce Fleetwood Mac at Sunfest. Knowing that Ken would rather have his teeth pulled than do that, everybody laughed, and Ken responded with, “George if I could do that I wouldn’t be working here, I’d be in New York.”

Tall Ted Farr: Daryl ‘B’ was one of my mentors. I was hired by CKLG Vancouver in the newsroom in 1969. I knew little about radio but I could write. ‘B’ taught me basics. It was a thrill when I was promoted to the evening news. Daryl’s show was from 6 pm to 9 pm so I was on the air with one of the Top 40 greats. (Remembering Daryl ‘B’)

Bruce Devine: The Health Spa you mention that Bill’s commercial was too good for, was a ‘Happy Ending’ establishment. I produced it, Don Parrish the then President of ACTRA & CHFI/CFTR announcer voiced it & it won a CLIO in 1973.
I very much doubt that the judges in NYC had any idea of the true nature of the business. I was lucky enough to work & learn from both Bill & Doug. (White Guy With Privileges)

Bob Christy: On Sunday, I had errands to run during the football games. When I got in the car I turned on KSPN 710 to listen to the Rams-Broncos game. KSPN is the originating station for the Rams and I think the games are also on ESPN Radio. Plenty of generic promos during the breaks but I did hear the PBP guys did do a great ad-lib promo. There was an oddball illegal motion call, the Rams center had double pumped the ball and the PBP team slipped in a promo for the upcoming NBA season, off the top of their heads. The color guy, Maurice James-Drew, explained the double pump penalty and JB Long said, “there will be a lot of double pumps from LeBron James when the Lakers start playing for real this week on KSPN.”
I was sitting in the parking lot of the DIY Center when I heard them say it, and the lady in the car parked next to me must have thought that I was nuts when I yelled: “Yes, god damn it.” (Comments)

Jim Harper: Great blog post, Buddy!
I have always felt the same way about morning prep-service, but NOW the whole idea of a prep service seems like a waste of time and money. They were started years ago before the internet. Now, every civilian under 60 has read every interesting little feature story and showbiz update on Facebook, Twitter and the web before they leave for work, as well as all the local and national news they care for.
WHY would anyone pay to have some 20-something stay up all night on Red Bull clipping stories that they send out to hundreds of stations? If management doesn’t have confidence in their own talent to let them do their own prep, why hasn’t any of the companies hired a couple of people to do a general top 10 list of things to talk about each morning for all their formats? (There really are LESS than 10 things that are new to cover each day). Why not a V.P. of morning prep? The big groups have no shortage of Veeps, Captains, and Cluster-Monkeys…why not save a few 100 grand? (Wrong But Right Anyway)

Bill McDonald: Nothing like a daughter to turn a father into a poet. (Dear Nathaniel)

John Wells: George you forgot to mention the white gloves we had to wear to keep our fingerprints off Herbie Brittain’s classical records.
One moment in time I’ll never forget was trying to play the George Dawes time and temperature tapes on the hour.
George’s voice announced that it was 11 o’clock, the temperature in Winnipeg is 57 degrees. Then I heard George’s voice announced that it was 12 o’clock and the temperature in Winnipeg is 58 degrees, and on it went until it was saying that it was 2 o’clock and the temperature in Winnipeg, is 59 degrees … It took forever to turn down two pots and play a record by Percy Faith….. 50 years later the day is still etched in my memory. (Some Other Guy)

Tom Snyder: Father time is still the greatest teacher of all time.
George JohnsUnfortunately, though, he kills all his students.
Tom Snyder (Comments)

Dick Taylor: Geo,
Your question so resonates with me.
This will be my last year in Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.
All my life, I’ve moved for my career. My plan this time is to move for the family. To be close to my kids, grandkids, and friends.
The most important thing in life is being with people you love and who love you.
That’s my plan for the next chapter of my life.
Dick (Still Thinking About My Birthday)

Nathaniel Marko: Be safe Buppa. (Hurricane Mathew Aftermath)
Love, N and Mom.

Buppa: I’m doing my best buddy, but if you were here we’d be kicking Mathew’s butt. However, I’m glad you’re not.

John King: George, your innovative contests had the gumshoes scratching their heads in the FCC’s Complaints & Compliance Division. We ran around ’em in circles for sure, didn’t we?! The most rewarding aspect (and I know the FCC was sympathetic to this) was that what you did with audience involvement was great radio. (Thank You)

Geo: Thanks for keeping all of our licenses intact, John, and keeping me out of jail.  

Bill Johnson: I think Jim Hilliard was teaching us how to be successful in life – not just in radio.
Looking forward to the WIBC/WNAP reunion! (The Hatchet Men Get Cut)

Ron Chapman:  Nice to be part of the Climb. I’ve never been as Good since You. (Sounds like a song by Cilla Black) (Thank You)

Geo: Thank you Ron, but I don’t think there’s any headroom left for you to get any gooder. On my side, though, I never had as much fun doing radio as I did while working with you at KVIL.
However, my favorite Ron Chapman moment didn’t even occur at KVIL. We were doing a project together at KZST in Santa Rosa which included doing an aircheck session with longtime morning man, Brent Farris. Brent, who was used to my wimpy approach, was startled to hear, following his opening line on the aircheck, your saying, “That’s absolutely unfucking unacceptable.” Needless to say, it went downhill from there. 🙂

Michael O’Shea: Cami, I’ve known your dad (and your uncle Reg) for perhaps 30 years…and while I like Reg a little bit more, I still think the WORLD of your dad. While we have never met, I follow your dad on Facebook, so I feel like I know you, through so many wonderful photos and terrific tributes from him to you. It’s so obvious that he’s very proud of you and his love for you is precious and real. Congratulations on your graduation, and on whatever your future life-paths will take you. Enjoy the ride. And, when you face speed-bumps or difficult decisions, just ask yourself “What would DAD do?”. Then, be sure you do the exact opposite. (Camera Anne Graduates Today)

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Geo’s Media Blog (Secrets) New for 12/02/19

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My youngest, Cami, who has just graduated from USF with a degree in Psychology and lives with me at the moment, watches what I consider to be some the strangest TV shows. One of them is, “Shark Tank.” which if you knew her at all, makes no sense. How she even finds it, is beyond me. Somehow she always finds the channel that has hours and hours of episodes standing by, and of course, I get to watch them too.
The concept, in case you don’t know, is about product inventors showing up to pitch their new inventions to a panel of rich investors. After watching a few episodes, I was very confused. The stuff I really liked and thought would sell well, the investors wouldn’t give them a penny towards further development. Then I finally picked up the pattern and before long, could predict exactly who was going to get seed money and who wasn’t.
Like most successful entities, you need a secret. In radio, Jack McCoy did a promotion called the “Last Contest” which literally blew up the phone system San Diego. However, what he syndicated was the secret of how to do it without going bankrupt.
A decade later he came up with another blockbuster called “The Prize Catalog” which also, of course, had a secret and when that secret got out, he sold the company. Hey, even the Class FM format which I syndicated, had its own secrets.

Steve Jobs and Bill gates had secrets, as does Google, new drugs, and most inventions. In fact, if your new product doesn’t have a secret, no matter how good it is, don’t bother taking it to the Shark Tank, because there’s no way they’ll ever invest in it. You’d be much better off trying to get into a good school, or better yet, go to a trade school and make some real money.


Doug Erickson: That KVIL staff — and I mean the whole staff, news people, traffic reporter, sidekicks — may have been the best air staff ever assembled in one station. There were some WLS staffs that would be up there with you, but daypart by daypart, major and minor roles, there just wasn’t one weak link.
Geo: Most of them are in the Radio Hall Of Fame, Doug, so Texas agrees with you. (I Got Lucky)

John McQuaker: Hi George: I enjoy reading your stories. I worked at CKY FM, and then CKY 580 from 1966-1971 and worked with some of the people you name, such as Frank Roberts, Bill Grogan, George Dawes, and Embree McDermid. There are probably many others whose names I don’t remember but I got into the news side in about 1970, when I think that John Pierce was the news director. These days it’s hard to imagine that the big 3 AM stations in Wpg, (CKY, CKRC, and CJOB) each had an 8 person news team. Keep up the good work.
Geo: Thanks for the read, John, I left CKY in 1968 to become a Program Director at CKOM in Saskatoon. I started in radio as a part-time board-op at CKY-FM and worked with all the legends, Jack Wells, Jimmy Darin, Gary Todd, Chuck Dann, Daryl ‘B’ Mark Parr, Deno Corrie, and J Robert Wood, as well as the names you’ve listed above. Real heady times for a lad like me who was just beginning his broadcasting career. (Register)

Jerry K: Correct about the freight trains, when ACL and Seabord were around it wasn’t so bad. Add to that the mess in central Florida where Amtrak doglegs over to Tampa and back, making stops in Winter Haven Lakeland and Plant City, or did all a few years ago. One screwup and it becomes a dog and pony show.
Many years ago Amtrak had a train link between New Orleans and Jacksonville but a hurricane took out the track. Still waiting for the service to resume.
Geo: When Cami was a little girl, Jerry, we took that link from Jacksonville all the way to LA. Not a pretty ride, but very relaxing. (Train Wreck)

Marshall Quelch: I wonder how many entertainers and actors who give assistance to p.e.t.a. wear leather footwear and clothes. (Music & Sex)

Haynes Johns: (No Relation) George: I learned volumes by reading about KVIL in the trades, and watching the results in the ratings. On rare occasions when I got to hear Ron Chapman, his enthusiasm and energy were very obvious and infectious to those of us who were tuned in. We wanted to just keep listening so that we could stay plugged into his outlet of fun!
Thank YOU (and Reg) for spreading the gospel and recipe for great radio. I began to learn when we became a Fairwest station in 1986. (Crazy Man Crazy)

Bill Gardner: I remember hosting a KVIL morning show in the late ’80s and wondering at 6.15 about our scheduled 6.20 newscast since Andy McCollum had yet to arrive. When he walked in about 6.19, I hit the intercom and asked if he wanted me to scrub the 6.20, he said, “No, I’ll be ready.” When I introduced him, Andy proceeded to do a newscast that sounded every bit as good and prepared as all the rest! An amazing guy and fun to work with.
Saw Andy last at one of our KVIL reunions, and Bob Morrison who you also mentioned, and even the legendary Ben Laurie, miss them all personally and professionally. (News To Me)

Scott Vowinkle: Never worked for KVIL, George, but admired it from “afar” during the two years I spent in sales at KOAX and KLUV. My introduction to the Fairbanks way, however, started during my years at Butler University in Indianapolis where everyone in the Radio/TV department was enamored with WNAP/WIBC. KVIL was cut from the same cloth. Today when I start missing those great sounds, I punch up the over two hours of WNAP airchecks I have, or the fall 1981 version of Ron Chapman’s “promo majora”…the 25-minute, “Here’s what’s coming up this fall on KVIL.” Competing against them though wasn’t fun. Thanks for the memories.
Geo: We used to promote the hell out of the playing of that 25-minute promo, Scott. Who we really wanted to hear it was the management and staff of all the other radio stations. In it, we unveiled all our promotion plans that started in the fall, hoping to intimidate them. It worked, everybody got out of the promotion game. (Kay-Ville’s Obituary)

Kurt Johnson: Thanks for the story/obit. It was a sad day here in D when she passed. I am grateful I got to spend a few years in the PD chair with Kay. She was grand, classy, and a real presence in any room. (Kay-Ville’s Obituary)

Tim Moore: Geo, that’s where it all started for me: fall 1977 recruited by the vaunted TM Companies (Regal Row) to come to DFW from northern Michigan! TM’s VP Jerry Atchley flew up to beautiful Charlevoix overlooking the harbor, saying I’d been nominated to him by several people, and, TM couldn’t figure out why our station was using so much Masterplan and Producer Library material. He asked that I fly to Dallas and spend a couple of days; “if I didn’t want the job, it would be okay.” I was 27.

Well, 2 days inside the TM studios and TM Programming hallways convinced me it was an incredible opportunity. But the REAL education came after moving there. I kept hearing hall buzz…”KVIL this,” “KVIL that,” “Ron Chapman…” and so it went. Thus, I asked my top sales guy Mike Baer, “What is so great about KVIL?” He looked at me like I was retarded and in his Texas drawl asked, “Have you LISTENED man?” I pledge to do it.

Over the first 2-3 days, I said to myself, “Okay, it’s upbeat, positive, but…” Then, after a full week, I told Mike Baer that it was the greatest, most complete, totally aligned station I’d ever heard. When after three years I returned to Michigan to launch my own 100,000 watt “106 KHQ” (Coastal NW Michigan) I unabashedly took everything I learned from you, Fairbanks, and Ron, and applied it. I even had Ron on my Morning Show! Oh…when the first-ever Arbitron in that 7 County, 21 station regional market along the beautiful Lake Michigan coast, KHQ scored a 14 share 12-plus and won every female demo that mattered.

That all led to our large consultancy today, where we still refer to principles of “cinematic radio” and KVIL. As well, I was very proud to nominate Ron to the NAB when they asked me about a Hall of Fame suggestion. Thank God they agreed! (Kay-Ville’s Obituary)

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Geo’s Media Blog. (To Tax Or Not To Tax) New for 9/16/19

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After listening to all the debates over the years about who should pay more taxes and who shouldn’t, I think I may have come up with the perfect solution. A giant sales tax.
This one and only tax when collected, would be split in proportions yet to be decided, between the federal, state and local governments. No income tax, no property tax, no corporate tax, no inheritance tax, no tourist tax, in fact, absolutely no other tax. You buy something, you pay taxes, you don’t, you won’t.
We’ll no longer have to worry about offshore accounts, or how much money a corporation is squirreling away without paying any taxes on it, or where the cartels and churches are hiding their cash. Hey, now they can hide it in their local banks where it can go to work at home in America.
If the government needs more money, all they have to do is encourage us to buy a lot more. Now, with no reason to cheat on your taxes or hide money, not only do I see fewer government agencies and less law enforcement people, but I also see crime going down. Now tell me this Mr. Financial guy, how do you think that will affect the economy?
“Geo’s Giant Sales Tax” I like how it looks and I like how it sounds.


Spending your whole life making mistakes is still better than sitting around doing nothing.

What people say doesn’t mean much, what they do is what counts.

I think that like the Ed Sullivan Show killed circuses, HBO and Netflix are killing stand up comedy.

How come if you even hint to your mortgage company that you may be interested in refinancing, they pester you night and day with phone calls, texts, and emails, but a simple question about making a change in something, gets no response?

How cool! I just found out that my old friend Ken Singer was just inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame back in Canada. (pictured above) Ken and I worked together at CKOM in Saskatoon when he was a rookie Dee-Jay and I was a rookie PD. Congrats, Ken.

I just realized that the first three letters of consolidation spell Con!

A man is nothing more than the sum of his memories.

How come it’s good to say that you’re for women, gays, and all the minorities, but saying you’re for men, is politically incorrect?

The moment you stop trying to be a better person is the moment when you stop being a good person.

Speaking of good, are the people who decide what the greater good is, good people?

You never know when you’re going to draw your last breath so make all your breaths last.

Why don’t they firebomb hurricanes with ice?

I just got an email from Keiser University here in West Palm Beach claiming that I may be the perfect fit to become their Dean of academic affairs. Wow, what are they smoking? But then again, I once applied for the GM’s job of a brand new bowling alley when I didn’t even know how to bowl and got the job. Hmmmmm!

Dave Charles: I first met Daryl B at CFOX in Vancouver through Roy Hennessy in the late ’60s. Soon as we met, we got into a vicious game of Ping Pong, and he kicked my ass. One of the best talents of the Drake radio era ever! ‘B’ had a presence on air that was magnetic. (Remembering Daryl ‘B’)

Terry Kenny: Cami, I have known your Dad for many years, and as a father myself watching my own two kids grow into productive and exceptional human beings, I know how proud your Dad is, and I wish you God’s very best for your life and your future, my prayers are with you and your Dad.
Terry Kenny. (The Jury) (Cami Graduates)

Bruce Walker: Hi Cami, way to go. Onward and upward. It’s not your fault that my buddy George is your father, but it looks like he did a great job of helping you along your way through life so far. I’m afraid I can’t go into the great times that the Jury enjoyed, but I wish you well on your future endeavors. One of these days I hope we can all get together.
Take care
Bruce Walker. (The Jury) (Cami Graduates)

Bill Gardner: Congratulations, Cami, and welcome to the grown-up world. Not always easy. But when you’re making future choices and wonder whether to “turn left, turn right, or go straight,” pick up the phone and ask your amazing Dad like I did many times. You are wonderfully close to some of the greatest wisdom possible. (Cami Graduates)

Reid Reker: Cami, Happy Graduation Day!  I moved all the way from Phoenix to West Palm just to be a part of welcoming you into the world and, as your Dad said, was fortunate enough to see you on your 1 day birthday.:) As I read the comments posted here, I’m not sure I could say it any better than Bill Gardner did…so I won’t try. Ditto for me. Congratulations Cami! (Camera Anne Johns Summerfield Graduates Today))

Jim Harper: Great story about your Dear Mother, George. The woman who brought you into the world deserves a lot of credit. I’m willing to bet that most entertainers who were lucky enough to have a Mom around, would have great stories about how they inspired and advised them in their careers. I know mine did. I was a 20-year-old night-jock who took a job 2500 miles from home and wrote my Mother a letter, whining about how hard it was to get this career going and how lonely I was. Her response was, “Do you think Johnny Carson just woke up one day and was asked to host The Tonight Show? Anything magical takes hard work and sacrifice.” She was right…Moms usually are. (Cat Women)

Norm Wilkens: George:  Your article on Herb Alpert brought to mind a story in my past. A good long time ago, I was working at an Agency called Handley and Miller. Former Indiana Governor Harold Handley was in charge of lining up music for the 500 Ball, and he wanted Pete Fountain from New Orleans, but Pete wasn’t available. Someone suggested Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and he wanted to know if any of us young guys had ever heard of that Mexican group. We couldn’t contain the laughter. The Brass played for the event. Norm Wilkens (A Taste Of Honey)

Randy Michaels: Damn! I’ll hire her into sales, although the tat is still a stupid idea. As Paul Harvey said, tattoos are the permanent expression of a temporary emotion. She makes a good case, though. It will be interesting to learn what you do. (To Tat Or Not To Tat)

Deno Corrie: Hey Geo, Jay Black still going strong at 75! The original “Jay,” John “Jay” Trainor passed today (January 2, 2014) of liver cancer. He was 70. For the past few years, he toured with Jay Siegel’s Tokens. (Sex & Shoes)

Peter Proskurnik: Keep them coming, George. Great stories about growing up and facing life, especially with a young family. We just got back from Seattle at a Music Jamboree, where I played and met some guys that played with Carl Perkins, The Crickets, and too many others to mention, none-the-less three days of fun and music. Take care, Bro. (Where Are You In The Pecking Order?)

Geo: Wow, the guy who got me into music when I was fourteen thus changing my life checks in. Thanks, Pete.

Dana Horner: You and Steve Dinkel, KLSI, blazed a trail that was pretty easy for KLSY to follow — having Chris Mays as our PD was another bonus. One of the topics you covered on our cruise from Seattle to Victoria, BC, which I have never forgotten was your explanation of what the role of the GM was at a Class/Classy radio station. You said, Dana, consider your self the “keeper of the park” and what the park keeper does is run everything through the KLSY filter. Disney was your example. That advice worked well, depending on the “park’s” format…country, rock, CHR…just understanding that there was a filter for everything, made decisions easy for the staff to understand. I also remember you stated emphatically that the “muses” only fly in first class.

Geo: I still remember that cruise to Victoria, Dana, it was where we first explained the Class/Classy concept to the staff hoping that the cruise would open up their minds. Our going from AOR to AC with the same airstaff and explaining to them that the Carpenters were now cool, wasn’t going to be easy so I went with greed.

As you may remember, I resorted to saying, “If you do everything I’m talking about here today, you’ll be driving a Mercedes soon,” and with that, I had their full attention. As I recall Dana, you got the first one. (Thank You)

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I’m not a big fan of consolidation because it doesn’t usually lead to better and cheaper products.
Never the less, even though consolidation appears to be bad for the consumer, the government seems to be ok with it except of course when it comes to them.
Hell, in law enforcement alone, we’ve got, The CIA, The FBI, The DEA, Homeland Security, The Secret Service, The Marshall Service, The Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, And Fire Arms, Customs and Border Protection, Office Of Special Investigations, The IRS Criminal Investigators, Immigration and Customs, and the Capitol Police.
Locally, we have the City Police, The Sheriffs Office, State Troopers, The DA’s Office of Investigators, The Airport Police, The Harbor Police, The University Police, and The Hospital Police.
Don’t you think a few of the above could be combined, not only to save a bundle of money but I think things would run a whole lot smoother as well? There are so many law enforcement people right now that I can’t believe that they’re not bumping into each other. They, of course, claim that they’re all understaffed.
Don’t even get me started about all of the other federal bureaus and the armed forces. Hell, even the auto industry wised up and started consolidating instead of continuing to compete with themselves. I don’t get it, the whole world has changed, but our government other than growing larger has changed nothing. They still think that finding more oil is our priority which is embarrassingly so old school.


We all miss where we came from until we have to go back.

Randy Bachman told me that the Guess Who were at their best when Chad Allen and Burton Cummings were both in the band. Randy claimed that there wasn’t a song on the charts they couldn’t do.

Women only understand men who desire them. The rest are a mystery. 

With one million, five hundred thousand charities registered in America, how the f^^k can there be any poor people, let alone homeless?

So tell me this Grasshopper, why does the CIA, FBI, the Secret Service, Homeland Security, and lord knows who else, get to kill bad guys without putting them on trial but we don’t? I know lots of bad guys and even more bad women.

Just because women don’t brag about their love affairs doesn’t mean they’re not having a bunch of them.

Jimmy Carter is a great human being but was a terrible president whereas Trump is a terrible human being but may be a great president.

Most of us prefer living in a world where our parents nor our children have sex. 

Why does Hollywood think that America wants to watch gay men making love? Do the math. 

When you hang out with your grandparents is yhe first time that you get a glimpse of where it’s all going.

Sometimes as Huey Lewis sang, “It’s Hip To Be Square.”

Seeing as the Irish were America’s first slaves, shouldn’t they be the first ones in line at the reparations trough?

Almost half of America is now over forty.

After trying to hide from Dorian for almost a week, I’ve decided that in my next life I want to be a weatherman. Hell, where else can you get it all wrong and still keep your job?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still in first place in their division, is it too early to be thinkin’ Grey Cup?

Speaking of football, I wonder if Brady and AB are playing a little catch today?.


Bruce Walker: I’m not sure what this climate change thing is all about. There must be a pile of gold in it somewhere.  One burp from a volcano can put out enough noxious gasses to surpass all the ones that mankind has ever produced since we got on this earth. (Bringing In The Sheaves)

Embree McDermid: How wonderful Cami expresses herself so well and takes the time to remember all the things you did to show your love for her.  You and her Mother must have done something right as a lot of children may think this, but don’t stop and put it down on paper. (perhaps not until after their demise) Not many men I know have taken such a big role in the raising of their children. A big Hi-Five George. (Sometimes Daughters Make Me Cry)

Ken LeMann: As good as it feels to heap importance upon ourselves, let’s be honest, radio as you say, may be part of show business but it’s somewhere on the very outskirts – maybe just beyond community theater! Seems like a lot of it is getting farther away every year. (Yeh But!)

Sterling Faux: What a treat Earl was to work with – always ready for anything. Doesn’t hurt that he also has the voice that God borrows when he needs to make an important announcement. (Earl Mann)

Geo: I’ll never forget listening to Earl, Stirling, the day I launched CFTR in Toronto and heard him say, “CFTR and the Chicago.” I remember thinking, “Well we’ve got a little more work to do before this all becomes soup.” 

Brent Farris: At my one and only meeting with Dr. Don Rose he told me, “Don’t be ME, there’s already one of those, be YOU.” And that’s where most people would have stopped the story, but the rest of it which stuck with me was, “This is the tough part,” he said, “They may not like you, but if they do, you have a career.” And then he walked away. (More Comments)

Tim Moore: Those from Michigan, OF Michigan, (unless they are Spartan Blind) know MSU owns a history of to be polite, “shortcuts.” Read “Behind The Green Curtain” written by two former MSU athletes (and no, I’m not a UM grad). Nasser’s madness is beyond comprehension, not unlike a serial murder with lesser consequences. (Never Ever Interrupt Laughter)

Tom Hoyt: George, you can do this blog thing from anywhere…..we are connected by these threads, not by being neighbors. If I could have something I really liked doing in the Palm Springs area, I would go back…..but as the communications and now fundraising guy for these churches….I’m back to a real job and as long as I’m having fun….I’ll continue to get the blessings and a little bit of money. Texas is in between FL & CA….we wouldn’t be physically any closer but we are connected…
Look up, look ahead, don’t look down, don’t look back. Do what your heart tells you. (Still Thinking About My Birthday)

Geo: True Dat, Tom.

Pat O’Day: Back in my Concerts West days, I was arriving in Oklahoma City with Three Dog Night on a Saturday night and driving from the Airport listening to WKY and the guy on the air caught my attention. Strange, such a talent on so late at night and on a weekend. Sunday night, on my way to the airport after the show, I hear the same guy and I’m impressed.
Returning to Seattle where I was the GM of KJR and KISW FM, I had my Assistant call WKY under the guise she wanted to hire the guy for a school-record hop. Now with his phone number, I called him and after a short visit, asked him if he would come up to Seattle and get acquainted. He said he had a problem, he was still in High School but could maybe come during Easter break.
After he graduated, I hired him to do 6 to 9 PM as Kevin O’Brien (His choice) and he became a huge Seattle star. Years later, when he became a PD, he went back to being Kevin Metheney and was a great PD, but he should never have left the air, he was spectacular with a voice that stunned with its love and charm. Loved ya Kevin, we miss you so!!!
Pat O’Day. (Fomo)

Geo: Pat, I wish I would have known that when I hired Kevin to be the PD of WIBG in Philly. Radio needs more radio stars, not more PD’s

Jed Duvall: George:  Why did the CKY morning show begin at 7:00 am?  Something to do with the C.B.C. or was it an anomaly of the time zone in Winnipeg? And a Top 40 station airing Joe Pyne between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 am?  That was like WLS and WABC being forced to carry Don McNeill’s “The Breakfast Club” until 1968! (I tried To Tell Her)

Geo: Jed, the morning show began at 7 was because it was hosted by Cactus Jack Wells who was a TV superstar sportscaster. His last sportscast on TV was on very late so I guess it was part of his deal.
As for Joe Pyne, at that time in Canada, you had to do x number of hours a week of spoken word each week. Jim got it all out of the way with his show, and in return, Joe who was a shock talker, caused a lot of street talk while the kids were in school.
A somewhat interesting sidebar to all of this, Jed, is that Jim liked the way I did the Pyne promos at CKY so he tried to hire me to do some for him at WFIL. That’s when my name went on the bottom of the immigration list. By the time it got to the top, Jim was running Fairbanks Broadcasting out of Indy, and I was the station manager of CFTR in Toronto.

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