All the radio stations in Canada that had that same stipulation played it safe with standards by the likes Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald.
My thinking was, “The only people who could possibly enjoy the music we were currently doing would have to be as old as my folks so I needed to take CFTR younger.
After pitching my new concept to Mr. Rogers, he said, “George, you’ll have to go to Ottawa and explain your new idea to the CRTC (FCC), if they buy it, so do I.”
Whatever happened to the former Prince and his Mrs?
One of the problems with loving someone is that you see them differently than others do.
A friend is a person who stays as others leave.
Lots of folks have great rookie years; it’s their sophomore year that concerns us.
I find it hard to believe that everybody doesn’t realize that Fox and NPR are both slanted, albeit in opposite directions.
Do you get to retire, or do they just stop sending checks?
With my daughter Cami’s 25th birthday on the horizon, it made me realize that I wouldn’t want to be her age again without this old brain.
What particular thing have you done that would make us believe that you deserve space on our crowded planet?
Is there any doubt that 4 years ago Hillary already had the Presidential towels ordered?
I’m so sensitive that whenever I feel slighted, I become highly insensitive.
People who lie usually do so because they want something they don’t deserve.
The two things that you have to be born with are the ability to draw and sing. You can learn everything else.
Eventially we’ll have to pay for what we’ve done.
I think the president of the United States should be obligated to do what the people who voted for him want him to do, not whatever his party wants.
Geo: I’m on it, Mr.Zlot. Hey, congrats on not only your recent double-digit ratings at KZST but also on inducting another staff member (Brent Farris) into the Bay Area’s Radio Hall of Fame.
Mel took over in July 87. His first year billing dropped to $16 mil.
The prize catalog was soon replaced w free movie Friday. Listeners could win two movie tix and a tub of popcorn.
We used to pull 11’s and 12’s in the ARBs 12+. Much higher in women.
Today they pull a 2.
Like the jingle said: it’s a shame what happened to radio, but they can’t afford to do it anymore. (Whimpering and Whining)
Geo: Yep, when Mel took over, Nick, I was dismissed like Hop Sing on the TV show, Bonanza. Mel knew better!
#9 Geo’s Media Blog (It Was 54 Years Ago Today) New for 9/28/20
Jim disposed of his main competitor, WIBG, rather quickly but unfortunately, he not only killed Wibbage, but he also killed his dream.
Two things of note that happened during their stay in Amarillo, daughter Crystal was born, and the radio station made him a vice president of the company. However, when he excitedly rushed home to share the good news with Barbara, her only comment was, “Great, how much does that pay?”
It seems that Larry had a live spot for a Volkswagon dealership every night, and every night Larry would claim that they were using the dealership to funnel money to Hitler, who he claimed was still alive.
I was a part-time board op there at the time but had no idea that not only did he become my mentor, but also my lifelong friend.
Before long though, Mr. Fairbanks discovered his leadership skills so once again he became a morning man/PD. Things were going well until suddenly, Mr. Fairbanks just disappeared and finally, after zero communication, frustrated, Jim took the Program Directors’ job at WFIL.
Anyway, Jim launches WFIL and as the ratings explode, he has two job offers from New York on the table. Then suddenly, out of the blue, Mr. Fairbanks calls and offers him a piece of the rock.
When he told Barbara about the incredible offer Mr. Fairbanks made him, she said, “Jim, we’ve already done Indy, we’ve seen the race.”
Commitment is what makes dreams come true.
Yep, we do lie, ladies, we only want to sleep with half of you.
I wish they’d try a different tact and give us some hope instead of always trying to scare us about the Coronavirus.
How come men don’t wear clothes that are cut down to here?
Getting your first record deal is a bitch! The next one may come more manageable, but the money remains the same.
Speaking of records, they’re forever, whereas radio only lasts until your next rating book.
The scariest thing ever may be your own thoughts.
What’s the only thing that Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Kings, Chancellors, Chairmans, Supreme Leaders, Dukes, and Duchesses have in common? They all end up millionaires.
Billy Bob Harris says, “The only people you should try to get even with are those who helped you.”
I believe that most of the products advertised on Facebook are scams, be very careful.
I’ve never liked talking on the telephone, especially my cell. However, I must admit that I enjoy talking to my daughter Candis though, because she does most of the talking.
When Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act in 1996, he created consolidation, which helped the one-percenters going from millionaires to billionaires. I wonder what other surprises the Democrats have in store for us?
The first person you need to please is yourself.
People need hope.
After the Beatles conquered America, a lot of guys took up guitar hoping to attract chicks, and a few of them even became “guitar gods.” The good news about that is, they attract more than their fair share of women; the bad news, it leads to inevitable turmoil at home.
I feel a backlash coming about the Coronaviris. Can you feel it?
You make more friends when you share your joy rather than your sorrows.
Geo: Thank you, Sandy, unfortunately, sad news like this will begin to show up more and more, so I’m not waiting, I’m going on a 4000-mile bucket list train ride across America. Fuck the Virus!
#11 Geo’s Media Blog (USA Today You Say?) 11/30/20
With the recent induction of Bill Gardner into the Texas Hall Of Fame and Brent Farris into the San Francisco Hall, I was reminded once again of just how many “Hall Of Famers” I’ve been lucky enough to work with both here and in Canada. (Bill and Brent pictured above)
This week I’ll also have the pleasure of visiting another Hall Of Famer, Ron Chapman. Ron of course is one of the very best and after I had the honor a few years go of inducting him into his 3rd Radio Hall Of Fame, we retired to the Palmer House Bar to trade ancient KVIL stories. (Ron and me pictured below)
While having a few adult beverages we both agreed that his twenty-dollar caper turned out to be one of the biggest promotions KVIL we’d ever done but amazingly it never cost a penny.
Being provoked by a newspaper writer one day who after seeing the bags of mail lining the halls at KVIL, laughingly said, “I bet you could just ask the people to send you money and they would.”
Feeling challenged, Ron went on the air the next morning and said, “Hey, if you’ve got an extra 20 bucks on ya, could you send it to me and we’ll figure out what to do with it later?”
Within 3 days Ron had a 1/4 of a million dollars in twenty-dollar bills and was begging the listeners to stop sending them.
The story, of course, was all over the local press and then soon went national in a bunch of newspapers and magazines like People, and also on TV programs like Entertainment Tonight.
As I said, it was one of the biggest promotions we’d ever done and we’d done a bunch of barn burners but Ron couldn’t help but notice that even though most of the media locally and nationally had checked in with him, USA Today was conspicuous with their absence.
Ron, having been a morning man for most of his career had a routine that he never deviated from.
This routine included an early afternoon nap which allowed him to attend the many nighttime gala affairs his celebrity got him invited to, and they could never be interrupted.
Ron’s wife, Nance guarded these naps and there was no way you could get to Ron no matter what was happening.
However, Nance knew that Ron was a little perturbed by the fact that USA Today hadn’t done a story on his twenty-dollar caper yet, when they finally called, she took a chance and woke him up.
Startled awake and shaking his head to get the cobwebs out Ron picked up the phone and using his best radio voice said, “This is Ron Chapman, how may I help you?”
The voice on the other end of the line said, “Mr. Chapman, this is USA Today, I’m calling to tell you that we’re running a special in your neighborhood this week that could save you some money if you subscribe today.”
Dying is easy; it’s the living that’s tough.
Speaking of dying, it’s the only thing that makes life worth living.
Is it just me, or does Facebook like Snopes and Skim lean left?
As liberal as Hollywood is, I can’t figure out why they mostly portray black folks as thugs?
There’s no one more loyal than a woman who loves you.
Obstacles are opportunities in disguise.
The more you hide the real world from your kids, the darker your world becomes.
Memorizing ain’t learning!
How many bad things do you suppose have been done in the name of Jesus, the greater good, safety, Allah, and Conid 19?
I believe in morals more than I do laws; laws only seem to protect the guilty.
So do I have this right, it takes 12 people to take a thug off the street, but it only takes one to put him back on it?
What leaders of what countries would you be willing to die for?
Governments may change, but their lies remain.
What breaks more often, a car or a computer?
Is the American dream done?
When My friends from Winnipeg ask me why Florida has so many coronavirus cases compared to them. I say, “Maybe it’s because a million and a half people live in Manitoba and 22 million live in Florida.”
Undoubtedly two of the biggest impact players radio has known and also two of the brightest.
From an on-air talent point of view, I know you and Mike respect talent, but where you say, “We’ve got to hire this guy,” I think Mike says, “I have strategies to be competitive without him.” And as you said, “Sometimes, you both made the right call.” I may be partial, but I think we had more wins than losses. (Young Turks)
Geo: Thanks for the read and the comment, Brutha Bill! When Mike and I were doing battle back then, it was Radio that was winning the war.
Geo’s Media Blog (Geo’s Bucket List Adventure) Special Edition for 10/01/2020
Initially, I intended to take the train across Canada but the Coronavirus not only killed that plan, it even shut down all the Canadian passenger trains until November. Hey, why would I want to travel across Canada in November, I was born there, I know what goes on in November.
I’m staying at the Burbank Marriott so we’ll be having a birthday dinner together at their restaurant called the “Daily Grille.”
Nathaniel wants to tour LA, but I doubt that he’s talking about the places that the Beach Boys were singing about when I was his age.
Come Sunday morning, my 4000-mile adventure begins as I board the train, find my room, and then settle in as we make our way to San Jose. (see my route in red below)
Once I arrive in San Jose, I’ll be spending a few days with my good friends Jim and Barbara Hilliard before moving onto Portland. (pictured above)
He’ll be referring to Aug 03, 1981, which was when I left Fairbanks in Indy and moved to San Diego to start my own company.
Barbara, on the other hand, will probably point out once more that my choice of women over the years has been less than formable, and perhaps it was time for me to settle down with an age-appropriate lady. (I’m sure glad she didn’t meet ’em all)
I’ll be reuniting with John Erickson and the legendary Craig Walker who are both from my K103 days.(pictured below)
Craig, John, and I will probably reminisce about why it took me a whole year to get Craig over to K103.
When Craig finally joined us, the Portland people were so hungry to hear him that the day he hit our airways with his trusty news guy, John Erickson, K103 went #1. (For the whole story, click on the links at the bottom of the page.)
Hey, and when we get out of the mountains and into the plains of North Dakota, I’ll raise my glass of Canadian Club as we roll a little south of my hometown of Transcona.
Yes, it’s true, I did once own a radio station there for about 15 minutes but Chicago just ain’t my kind of town and I’d recommend that the folks think ling and hard about defunding the police department because I’m not sure how they’re gonna defend themselves when the rioting and looting start up again. Anyway, when I arrive in Syracuse (see the train route in red below), my snowbird buddy, Bob Thomas, will be picking me up and taking me to his home in Northern Pennsylvania where I’ll spend a few days with him and his wife, Josie. (pictured above)
I’ll also get to reunite with a few of the others who like Bob and Josie, spend their winters in West Palm Brach and I’m kinda thinkin’ that there’s gonna be some serious drinkin’ going on.
Once in Jacksonville, I’ll spend a couple of days at the home of Jamie Boychuk his beautiful wife Lindsay, and their gaggle of precious daughters. (see photos photo of below)
Jamie is the Executive V/P of CSX Railway, and why would a big honcho like that allow a scoundrel let me in his home you ask? Well, for one thing, Jamie like me is from Transcona and the other is, he just happens to be my nephew. Oh, I almost forgot, we may head over to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa for a couple of nights of gambling while I’m there.
#10 Geo’s Media Blog (You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet) New for 11/16/20
What a great day I had yesterday, an old friend of mine, Sterling Faux was celebrating his 50 years in radio and generously invited me via the phone along with another old friend, Doc Harris, to participate in the festivities on his radio show in Vancouver.(see Stirling with me above)
Over the years, a lot of people have asked me where the hell I come up with all the crazy stuff I write about? Well, the short stories are easy because I have a pretty good memory so when Sterling reminded me that I gave him his first radio job in Sudbury, it brought back many memories of my own beginnings.
My growing up in Winnipeg was pretty normal, but when my folks moved us to a suburb called Transcona, my life became anything but normal. Not only did I meet Candis and Curtis’s Mom when I moved there, but I also saw Elvis on TV which changed everything. Seeing Elvis inspired me to buy a guitar and start a band with my best friend, Rolly Blaquiere.
We were called the Jury, and I will tell you this, there is nothing finer than being a rock star when you’re in your early 20s. Not only did we have records out, but we got to open for legends like Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash and play with fellow “Peggers,” Burton Cummings (Guess Who), Randy Bachman (BTO), and Neil Young. How cool was that?
However, when my daughter Candis was born and even though we had the #1 Canadian record on the charts, I left the band. (see chart above)
We were soon on a rocket ride, which began in Saskatoon at CKOM when they made me their new Program Director. Then it was off to CKSO in Sudbury, CFRA in Ottawa, and finally, CFTR in Toronto, where they made me their station manager. While at CFTR, I reunited with Doc and Sterling, and we created a brand new format aimed at women and later named Adult Contemporary Radio.
When politicians start making noises about taxing the rich, they’re only talking about the upper-middle class. They’d never do anything that would hurt the rich, let alone the wealthy. Hey, those are the folks who make it possible for them to live in mansions and out of phony charities. I wonder how the Obamas like their new digs?
Speaking of taxes, I understand that San Fransisco just voted in a new law called “The overpaid executive tax.” This new law would tax anybody making over 100 times the lowest-paid employee. Hmmm, I wonder what the folks who play for the Warriors, the 49rs and the Giants think about all this? Those ballboys sure don’t make much.
What if nobody cared if Kap knelt or not?
Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences.
Having an R or D in front of your name doesn’t make what you stand for any more or less palatable.
I wonder what the people who hoarded the toilet paper are doing with it now?
You’re either an example or a warning.
Radio only has two consumers, listeners, and clients. So what I can’t understand is how either benefit from long commercial sets?
No matter how dark it may seem to be, somebody always sees what you’re doing. The top five radio stations in any given market usually remain the same.
However, how they rank is determined more by the methodology used than the listenership.
What most business folks don’t get is that companies may come, and companies may go, but talent is forever.
The only people who ever say, “Money isn’t everything,” were born with it.
The new swear word in 2021 will probably be 2020. 2020 that! 2020 you! Are you 2020ing, me? Don’t 2020 me etc.
You’re not born with PMA; it’s a choice.
Few artists can handle criticism, constructive or otherwise, so unless you can go on for them, I’d tread softly.
I was banned from Facebook for three days for saying, “Hey, the Romans treated my ancestors real bad, but I don’t hate Italians.” Huh???
Can you imagine bringing your wife to work all the time as John Lennon did?
Have you ever noticed that most people who don’t want advice insist on giving it?
How do Corporations and wealthy people get away with funding politicians so-called charities and also paying them outstanding fees for speaking engagements? Isn’t that just a form of money laundering?
I can’t believe how many laws there are to protect women and minorities from old white guys like me. I’m feeling stronger every day.
So, if it’s true that Russia is hacking us, isn’t it reasonable to assume that we’ve been hacking them?
The big difference between truth and fiction; only fiction has to make any sense.
Geo: Thanks for the read, Buzzy, and the kind comments. I miss our days together at WRMF in Palm Beach.
Jerry K: Loved working with Buzz. Little did a lot of folks know he was running the whole show in Pompano Beach.
Geo: I hear ya, Bruce; after I left the Jury for the radio biz, I couldn’t go to concerts, let alone play my guitar in fear of my wanting to crawl back up on the stage again.