Geo’s Media Blog (Karaoke Wannabes) New 3/01/21

While growing up in a suburb of Winnipeg called Transcona, I was in a Rock & Roll band called the Jury and even though we still had a record on the chart, I left the band for radio when my daughter Candis was born.

Unfortunately, the only way you become successful in radio is by moving. So when Candis was only six months old we left two sets of grandparents behind and headed for Saskatoon to become a program director.
From Saskatoon, it was off to Sudbury, Ottawa, Toronto, and then down to Indianapolis where Candis started school.
We were all pretty happy living in Indy, but ever since I was a kid, I dreamt about living in California someday so as my fortieth birthday was approaching I said to myself, “If not now, when?”
A few weeks later I answered my own question when I dragged my family to San Diego and started my own business.
We enrolled Candis at Coronado High where she adapted rather quickly by becoming the freshman of the year and the lead in most of the school’s musicals.
After finishing high school in France, which is another story, her next stop was NYU in New York before transferring to UCLA.
While studying at UCLA she began recording an album of her own songs and singing them at places like the Roxy, (pictured on top) the Whiskey (in the middle), and the Troubadour below.
(You can click the link at the bottom of the page to hear a song that she recorded about her mom and me)
We of course would occasionally we’d go back to Winnipeg to visit relatives and it was during one of those visits that Candis and her cousins decided to go to a Karaoke bar to do a little singing.
Once there, they put their name on a list and patiently waited. When it was finally their turn to sing, Candis let her cousins shine.
As the night wore on, I began to notice that three people were up there so often, it was difficult for anybody else to get their turn. They were decent enough singers who also brought some fans with them, making them appear to be mini-celebrities.
Finally, tiring of their mic hogging, I said, “Candis, get up there and smoke ’em, honey.”
When it was her turn she sang Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and blew the room away. However, the parents sitting at the next table said, “Oh yeah, she’s good but I hear she’s from LA.”
I of course couldn’t help but turn to them and proudly say, “Yes, you’re right, she is from LA, but she was born right here in Transcona.”
GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

You may only be one person away from something wondrous happening.

None of the Beatles were anywhere near as good as the Beatles.

It used to be that a movie got an R rating if it had any Sex, Violence, Nudity, or Bad Language in it, but now they’ve added smoking.

Speaking of smoking, if even the movie industry considers it bad enough to give it an R rating, how come the government hasn’t noticed it being bad? Surely it can’t be those giant checks from the tobacco industry that’s blinding them?

Sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish between what’s just opinion and what’s a learned experience. An opinion is usually louder, though.

What if we didn’t love large breasts? What then? They’re tough to hide.

Just because somebody is computer smart doesn’t make them smart.

One of the many bad things that can happen is reaching your goal because you probably aimed too low.

The media no longer reports the news; they create it.

It’s ten times easier to convince yourself that you can’t do it than it is to realize that you can do it.

You’re gonna need a sense of humor if you ever have to manage people.

Having enough time to make anything happen is almost impossible, so your waiting around for something to happen is a total waste of time.

I think letting someone off because they’re a first offender is stupid. There’s a big difference between being caught doing a crime for the first time and actually doing a crime for the first time.

Jesus, are there any filmmakers in Hollywood left who don’t have liberal agendas? I’m getting bored.

Speaking of Jesus, I loved John Lennon, but when he claimed that the line, “Christ You Know It ain’t Easy,” was meant as a prayer, I thought, “C’mon John!”

COMMENTS

Doug Erickson: Loved that, George. Thanks for sharing. (Corona Special Edition
Geo: Thank you for the read, Doug. The New Righteous Brothers knocked me out.

Jerry Keifer: Bucky is a great replacement for Bobby Hatfield…Thanks, George for sharing… (Corona Special Edition)
Geo: I agree with you, Jerry, he can really get up there.

Bruce Walker: Great to hear the Righteous Brothers again. They still sound great. Thanks, George. (Corona Special Edition)

“Reminds Me Of Me” – Candis Johns

Geo’s Media Blog is an inside look at Radio, Music, Movies, and Life. For a sneak peek at some upcoming Blogs or to see some that you may have missed, go to Geo’s Media Blog @ GeorgeJohns.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Sharing and commenting are appreciated.

 

About George A. Johns. (2021)

Born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canada

THE 60’s
Shayne and The Devines – Vocals & Guitar
The Rebel Raiders – Lead Guitar
The Phantoms – Rhythm Guitar
The Jury – Rhythm Guitar

Records by The Jury
Until You Do (London Records)
I Tried To Tell Her (London Records)
Back In My World (London Records)
Please Forget Her b/w Who Dat? (Quality Records Canada, Port Records in the U.S.)

Radio Career
Board Op – CKY Winnipeg
Production Director CKY Winnipeg
Music Director – CKY Winnipeg
Program Director – CKOM Saskatoon
Program Director – CKSO AM/FM Sudbury

THE ’70’s
Program Director – CFRA Ottawa
Program Director – CFTR Toronto
Station Manager – CFTR Toronto

V/P of Programming – Fairbanks Broadcasting
WIBC/WNAP Indianapolis
WVBF/WKLB Boston
WKOX Framingham
WIBG Philadelphia
WRMF/WJNO Palm Beach
KVIL FM & AM Dallas

Studied with Mike Vance, Dean of Walt Disney University

THE ’80’s
Became an American citizen.
Formed The Johns Company which consulted radio stations both in the US and Canada.

Merged The Johns Company with Fairwest and syndicated:
Continuous Country
Music Of Your Life
The Class/Classy format

Radio Station Ownership:
KLLS San Antonio
K103 Portland
WZPL Indianapolis
WMET Chicago
STAR Milwaukee

THE ’90’s – NOW
Radio Consultant & Talent Coach
Weekly Blog: Geo’s Media Blog @ GeorgeJohns.com

Writing Three Non-Fiction Books:
Guitars & Radio & Wild Wild Women.
50 Ways To Keep Your Lover.
Geo’s 1001 Life-Lines.

Highlights / Music Career.
Played on stage with bands such as The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and Neil Young when Winnipeg was the Rock&Roll Capital of Canada.

The Jury’s “Please Forget Her” was the #1 Canadian record in Canada. The flip side “Who Dat?” became a cult favorite which was covered by several grunge bands and was recently listed in a publication as being 50 years ahead of its time.

Opened for music legends, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash and British Invasion acts such as Peter & Gordon, Manfred Mann, and The Zombies.

HIGHLIGHTS / RADIO CAREER 
Created the first-ever Adult Contemporary music format at CFTR in Toronto in 1972 and then on FM in Dallas on KVILin 1973

Created the nationally syndicated “Magic Ticket” which was a very successful sales and programming promotion.

Co-Created “Fantasy Park” which became nationally syndicated.

Created the first Class/Classy format on KLLS in San Antonio.

Syndicated ‘Class FM’ on over 40 FM radio stations in North America.

Owned and syndicated Music Of Your Life which was on 100 AM radio stations in the USA.

Co-created WKLB, Boston’s first Country station.

Email: radiogeo@gmail.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Ph 954 868 6759

 

Geo’s Media Blog (The Climate She Is A Changin’) New 3/08/21

When I moved to America in the early ’70s, even though the Viet Nam war continued to rage on and the economy wasn’t all that healthy, America still seemed to be a happier place then, than it is now.
There was very little politics, no political correctness, no pandemic, and we weren’t yet aware of climate change.

Now all I hear about is climate change and how it’s adversely affecting our planet.
Not only are there more Hurricanes where I live but there are droughts in some places of the world that are causing the deaths of thousands of people because they can’t grow any food.

How can that be? Years ago, my teachers taught me that we could grow enough wheat in North Dakota alone to feed the entire world.However, the politicians claim that we can’t do that because it will affect the price of wheat.

So, of course, we send money which immediately gets ripped off by the local politicians, and very little if any make it to the folks who desperately need it.
Hey, no wonder politicians are rated less trustworthy than a used car salesman, huh?

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

The world is not black or white; it’s gray.

According to Brent Farris at KZST in Sonoma County, a hundred-dollar bill is referred to as a California twenty.

What’s the one thing that the leaders of all countries have in common? They become rich!

Bob Christy’s father told him, “Don’t treat the hired help like the hired help,” and mine said, “Stay away from the bad girls.” I think Bobby had the easier task.

When you become an actor in Hollywood, one of the first things you learn is; don’t fuck with the lighting guy.

Wisdom usually comes from pain.

Bruce Walker of The Jury asks, “How come only two people get to run for President of the United States whereas fifty run for Miss America.”

The problem I have with the wealthy running our country is that they spend too much time making sure that we don’t get to live like them.

In the beginning, the only soft thing on KVIL was the music.

I adore beautiful and intelligent women who don’t need my help.

If You’re not learning something new every day, you’re regressing.

I’m not too fond of appointments, but if you don’t make any with your listeners, you’ll fade away.

Love and hate are but a heartbeat away.

Speaking of love & hate, does hate ever turn into love?

It’s the little things that make or break you.

A few more losers became winners when they decided to give it one more try.

The way our archaic voting system works is:
Mostly walk-in voting – Advantage Republicans.
Mostly mail-in voting – Advantage Democrats.
Mostly Computer voting – ???
If we used the computer to vote, millions more would do so but this scares both parties because they don’t know who has the advantage.
Hey, but, shouldn’t it be about what we want, not what they want?

One of the ways to measure success is by comparing a list of all the things you’ve got against the list of what you gave up to get them.

It takes a hell of a lot more than just doing your job to become successful.

Putting an (R) or (D) behind someone’s name changes everything.

One of the very few things that the Democrats and Republicans agree upon; “Greed is good.”

COMMENTS

Doug Herman: George, I’ll bet there is a large herd of us who got into radio while creating very concerned parents.  I know I did.  Mine got to old age, still wondering when I was going to get a real job.  They didn’t live long enough to see that in the end, after 50+ years in the trenches, radio had made a comfortable retirement possible and provided a hell of a lot of fun along the way. (It Was A Very Good Year)
Geo: Doug, when my Mother heard me on the phone with the owners turning down the GM’s job at their brand new bowling alley because, as I said, “I’m a radio guy now” (15 bucks a week), she cried. When my Dad got home and heard the news from my mom, he said, “Betty, it’s the only kind of work that he actually likes; let’s see what he does with it.” Thanks, Dad.

Bruce Walker: Well, this is good. After all these years, I was not aware of how you got your job at CKY. I came in late to the group and just assumed that you worked there. I must admit I was pretty impressed with the staff of DJ’s. They were excellent guys. (It Was A Very Good Year)
Geo: They were excellent, Bruce, but when they all left to go back to the States, radio wasn’t fun for me anymore, so I decided to do my own.

Bill Gardner: “Some gypsy called,” was spoken by my father-in-law long ago, but that story STILL makes me laugh out loud! And I guess if you look at my resume page at www.billgardnerontheradio.com, in reality, I think I’m more qualified to be the gypsy! Stay well, brutha and thanks again for making me laugh. (Damn Gypsys)
Geo: And thank you, Bill, for always being there when I needed you.

Paul Cavenaugh: Hi George
An interesting set of observations as always. While I enjoy various viewpoints,  I do take issue with the comments posting by Earl Mann.  Obviously, a man can only see one view while leaving behind any shred of integrity at the Sales Department door.
I became a ‘broadcaster’ 50 years ago.  Back then,  “Freedom of Speech” somehow meant something different.  A journalist’s freedom of speech was based on uncovering truths,  sorting out facts from fiction,  and transmitting those facts to a vulnerable public.   Being given the right to be on the air came with profound responsibility.  That responsibility has been slowly chipped away to the point where the lines between fact and opinion were obliterated more than 2 decades ago.   January 6th was the fruition of what the actual ‘Fake News’ created.  Mr. Mann’s perpetration of those lies and half-truths only exacerbates the problem.
Those who believe the cleverly targeted buzzwords like Socialism and Venezuela could use a better education.  Let’s start with the FBI’s discrediting, The CIA, the Justice Department, and Legitimate Media.  Followed by a mistakenly elected leader who attempted to discredit a free and fair election. The same leader who tries and incite an angry and misinformed mob based on 30,000 lies.  What about the denials regarding Coronavirus? The silencing of the Centers for Disease Control?  How about the completely mismanaged vaccine distribution?  All being run by the most corrupt and incompetent administration in the History of this Republic.
That sure sounds like Venezuela to me!  Hey,  what about those blood-sucking Pedophiles? If you look it up, that was the same scenario Hitler used to support his version of Populism in Germany in 1932.
Are they expected to ‘move on’ from a deadly Insurrection caused by a wanna-be Dictator and his complicit minions?  All in a calculated quest for money and power?
I have 3 words for you. Marjorie Taylor Green.  Embrace her. She is who you are! (The Dating Game)
Geo: Thank you for your insight, Paul. Now, do I have this right? Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is OK, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is not?

Bruce Murdock: Sensei, thought-provoking questions as always. Doing my retired guy show prep, I looked up CDC death figures for 2020/2019/2018. Only had 48 weeks of 2020 on the books, but it looks like, for whatever reason, 48 weeks of 2020 had 200,000+ more deaths than all in 2019 and 400,000+ more than all of 2018. #forwhatitsworth #yourmileagemayvary. (The Sting)
Geo: Thanks for the fact-checking, Bruce; however, I think my real point is that maybe it’s not as horrific as they lead us to believe?

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Happy Valentine’s Day (Wishing You Were Here) 2/14/21

Dreamless Nights And Lonely Days
Just Because You’re So Far Away
Wishing You Were Here.

Heaven Knows And I’m Sure It Shows
I’m About To Shed A Tear.
I’m So Wishing You Were Here.

We Live Our Lives In such Different Ways
But Especially On This Lovers Day.
I’m Just Wishing You Were Here.

I’m So Sad To Say
On This Special Day
You’re Just Too Far Away
And I’m Really Wishing You Were Here.

I’d Change My Life You Know I would.
If I Just Could Be With You … Oh Lord It Would Be So Good
Here’s Hoping You’re Ok On Valentines This Year.
But Damn I’m Wishing You Were Here.

Sometimes When I’m On The Road
It’s Even A Heavier Load.
I Always Want And Need You Near
Coz I’m Missing You And Wishing You Were Here.

You Know I’d Pay The Price
Make Any Kind Of Sacrifice
If Only You Would Appear
Meanwhile, I’m Still Wishing You Were Here.

Happy Valentines Day Beautiful Lady.
xogeoxo