Geo’s Media Blog (The Misfits Part 2) 5/09/22

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The Mavericks. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Last week, I presented the photos of a few of the folks who changed the world; this week, may I present some of the Mavericks who changed radio. On the top is Bill Drake and below him are L-R, Chuck Blore, Buzz Bennet, Howard Stern, and Randy Michaels. Next row down, Jim Hilliard, Rush Limbaugh, Lee Abrams, and Jack McCoy. At the bottom is Bill Clinton who not only changed radio, he ravaged it.

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

Have you ever noticed that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats ever talk about the price of gas if it’s up, prescription drugs, lobbyists, or corporate funding? They only talk about the things they can’t be blamed for, like Covid 19 and Climate Change. “It’s not my fault, man!”

Speaking of Climate Change, is Al Gore still the only one who’s made a buck from it?

Fame corrupts creativity.

Unfortunately, a gun is the only thing that makes us all equal, so I predict that guns will not go away anytime soon. 

Doctors, until they get your insurance numbers are all great. After that, it isn’t easy to get their attention.

Mortgage rates may be low, but closing costs sure ain’t.

The other day I was at the Dentist’s, and the Today show was on TV, but I could only hear it because the sun was on it. Anyway, they were all excited about some Bubba guy who had just won a Nascar race where he was only the second person to do so. As they were interviewing him, I thought, hell, I don’t even remember who the second man on the moon was; why would anybody care about this? The mystery was solved when I found out that Bubba was a black man. Ahh, of course. However, I  can’t help but wonder why Asians and Hispanics aren’t newsworthy?

Another thing that I can’t understand is why a Father, what with plea bargaining and stuff, would buy into letting the law handle someone who hurt his daughter? I know I’m not.

Paying dumb people more money doesn’t make them any smarter.

Trying to make something that’s already big bigger usually results in it becoming smaller.

When did Canadians go from feeling inferior to Americans to feeling better than them? That’s a hell of a jump.

Have you ever noticed that when a person is hired at great expense to fix something, and it doesn’t go well, a sex scandal involving them suddenly appears? Yeah, I’m talkin’ morals clauses, Urban.

Looking around before you say anything no longer works. Saying it is a career breaker.

Doing more than expected comes with rewards.

The hardest thing to do is to stop tinkering with something already great. I’ll never forget when you could hear KVIL in Dallas everywhere, but the ratings came out, and they were very disappointing. Knowing how bummed I was, Hilliard said. “Johns,  don’t you dare touch it; it’s perfect.” Sure enough, when the following ratings were released, KVIL blew Dallas away.

A man who can love a woman enough to love her children from another man is a hell of a man.

Our having so many choices obviously isn’t leading to happiness, everybody’s still bitchin’.

Being able to do many things doesn’t mean a thing. What counts is what you do with what you’ve got.

People are usually at their best when faced with unreasonable expectations.

Storytelling is still the best teaching device.

The road to success is a long and winding one.

You only overachieve when you underestimate.

When you look at how much free money the government is handing out, it seems like we must have elected Santa Clause.

If 1 out of 12 people can’t handle alcohol, how many can handle drugs?

Why are people always ready to do the right thing when it’s already too late?

If they took the magic out of religion, it would be much easier to understand.

Being the age I am, I finally have the balls to say, “I ain’t doing that.”

How do they know how many calories there are in everything?

I believe in God, but I don’t believe in those who claim they talk to him.

When Jim Hilliard was asked after my throwing stuff at the sales department why he tolerated my behavior, he said, “I hate it when George does that, but something extraordinary always happens next.

The higher the minimum wage, the higher the expectations for it to be a job well done.

Your freedom of speech ends at the front door of every establishment.

Doing good radio is in a grey area, but doing great radio is only black or white. Either it is, or it ain’t.

The shortage of one product usually leads to the lack of others.

The only people in the radio biz who think they’re doing excellent work are the management at the various radio companies. I wonder if they believe their press releases?

According to the law, we’re all innocent until proven guilty. However, according to the police, we’re all guilty of something.

Sucking in your stomach for a photo session may fool the camera, but it won’t fool the scale.

The only Americans moving to Mexico are those running from the law.

When everything you do seems wrong, maybe it is?

The passing of my wife Lana only proves that Billy Joel’s song, “Only The Good Die Young,” was right.

So are the folks who live in the South Side of Chicago just misunderstood, as the liberals claim?

When do you ever stop measuring yourself against your father? Attention to detail is what makes lucky people lucky.

If you know the odds, you have a shot at beating them.

The people never really wanted a car; they wanted the freedom it offered.

I wonder how many men didn’t want their sons to be like them?

Good words are easily said, but doing good deeds, not so much.

As unique as children are, how do they manage to grow into ordinary adults?

Does being #1 mean anything to anybody anymore?

Speaking of #1. I learned a long time ago that if you want a shot at the golden ring, you need a strong #2.

I don’t know any father who didn’t wish that he was a better Dad. Unfortunately, unlike our Mothers, who spent their lives training to be Moms, we were never taught how to be Dads.

Trying to appeal to everyone keeps you from appealing to anyone.

Holding on to what you have keeps you from having what you want.

The only person who doesn’t get paid at a recording session is the singer.

No matter your situation, somewhere somehow, somebody is doing much better and much worse than you are.

I wonder if the CIA or Homeland Security is politically correct? I think not?

Is it just me, or since slow Joe became president, is there not more gun violence than ever?

You have to fit in to get in.

When a beautiful woman comes into your life, it’s the best and worst thing that will ever happen.

Speaking of women, only they are capable of faking it.

In 1963 James Bond took us from Benny Hill to the Beatles.

On any given Sunday, any team in the NFL can beat any other. All they need are a few new plays that haven’t made the game film yet.

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Geo’s Media Blog (War, What The Hell Is It Good For?) Under Construction

Being born during World War II, I’ve always been intrigued about the war.
You know, like what causes them, and what did any of them ever accomplish other than to make a few of my neighbors in Palm Beach a little richer?

As I recall, Canada entered into the second World War in 1939, but the US didn’t participate until almost 1942 when (D)Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan after they bombed Pearl Harbor. (The bombing was a little too convenient, I’m thinkin’)
Also, I wonder what Hitler said when told about Japan’s surprise attack which he knew would awaken the “Sleeping Giant.”
He was right, the giant was now wide awake and we must have liked the wake-up call because we’ve been warring ever since.

Not only did (D)Harry Truman, who was Franklin’s successor, dropped the Atomic bomb on Japan and also sent our troops to Korea.
Next up, (D)JFK got us involved in Viet Nam, and then when he was assassinated, (D)LBJ escalated the war. 

Then along came (D)Jimmy Carter got us involved in the hostage situation in Iran that businessman Ross Perot had to get us out of.
Jimmy was followed by (R)Ronald Reagan who geared us up for war with Russia which scared them so much that they brought down the Berlin Wall even though no shots were fired.

Then (R)George Bush Senior actually got us into a war where not only were shots fired, people died when he attacked Iraq.
A few years later his son (R)George Bush Junior not only got us in even deeper when he went after Saddam Hussein, but he also added Afghanistan to the mess.

We’ve been at war with somebody for almost 80 years now, and for the life of me, I can’t find anything good that’s come of it
Oh, and all the protests and marches about the war in Viet Nam turned out to be about the draft, not the war. Notice any protests lately?

The best thing about (D)Biden’s botched withdrawl from Afghanistan is that it will be long before any politicians are stupid enough to try send us to war again. I bet they’re itching to go to Ukraine.
Hey, as I have often said and written, “We have to support our troops, but we don’t have to support the fools who sent them.” 

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

The window of opportunity doesn’t open up all by itself.

Didn’t Dick Chaney always look evil in photos?

Your word is who you are.

How much booze does it take until your heart doesn’t hurt anymore?

Unfortunately, the emotion I display the easiest is anger. However, I also love to laugh, which is difficult to do when you’re upset.

Is there any better feeling than the one you get from revenge?

Do women ever hold out for the love of their life?

The only certainty that nobody’s certain about is death.

When you’re old is the wrong time to wonder if you were a good parent or not.

My parents put politicians up on a pedestal, and now I can’t believe how far they have fallen in such a short time.

Speaking of family, I wonder why our fathers thought that their upbringing had anything to do with us?

Just ’cause it’s legal, don’t make it right.

I don’t believe that the Mob, the Mafia, or the Cartel hurt people they’re not involved with. However, I do believe that thugs will hurt everyone.

I also believe there’d be fewer wars if we reverted to the age-old ritual of men following the Generals into battle.

Oh, and who thought that when they educated our nation that we’d buy the same bullshit our parents did?

You can only not say so much.

Ok, in that vein, I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard a black person acknowledge that a white person ever helped them.

Speaking of help, if the rich athletes don’t help, why should anybody?

You see lots of 20 and 40-year-old ladies in bars, but very few 30-year-olds. Oh, and if you do come across any, I rather doubt that you’ll be introducing them to your Mom.

Why do those in charge always say, “Why don’t you just go home and let the police take care of this.” What have they ever taken care of?

Speaking of the police, If someone raped your daughter, would you leave it to them? Hey, you don’t have to read anybody their Miranda rights.

Speaking of rape, what I can’t understand is, where are all the outraged fathers?

The only control you have over change is how you react to it.

When John first brought Yoko into the once sacred recording sessions, I wonder if the rest of the Beatles ever took him seriously again?

No matter whose side you’re on during a divorce, they’re gonna get screwed. The lawyers take all the money.

The three worst words a man can ever hear are, “I love you,” because he has to defend her with his life for the rest of his life.

There are two types of people, those who take charge and all the rest.

Does anybody other than corrupt politicians think that lobbyists are necessary? Speaking of politicians, do you find it as strange as I do that they never call out or say a disparaging word about all the corrupt politicians in DC. Maybe it’s because they all eat from the same trough?

Where you are isn’t as important as where you’re going.

The best way to start writing is to start writing.

Time is not for sale.

23% of the population are born leaders; the rest are followers. If a follower is put in charge, expect disastrous results.

Becoming old is not the right time to wonder if you were a good parent or not. That ship has sailed.

If you met yourself, what would you think?

Father Time sure fights dirty.

Don’t pray for rain if you don’t usually pray. 

COMMENTS

John King: George, your and Doug Herman’s promotional exploits in radio were a delight to work with from an FCC perspective because of one primary criterion: creativity. We worked together to make it a success, from an audience, sponsor, and regulator’s point of view. (New Mother Nature)
Geo: And per your request, John, we did have a winner. 🙂

Jerry K: This is one of your best.
Good work. I think you might have a future doing this …(War)
Geo: Unfortunately, Jerry, I’m already in my future.

JED: Actually, George, it was “The Ragin’ Cajun”, James Carville, who was Clinton’s pre-presidential run campaign advisor, who told Clinton again and again in 1992, that the “bimbo eruptions” were just a distraction and that the post-Desert Storm recession was key as “It’s the economy, stupid!” (It Was A Very Good Year)
Geo: And it still is as the Dems will find out in mid-terms, Jed. You can’t allow the oil companies to price gouge us like they are (48% more profit this year than last) without being hurt.

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Happy Fathers Day.

Fathers Day.
Happy Father’s Day to the legend himself!
The man who carried me until his arms were about to break, who scared away every sales lady during countless dress shoppings, who has so many stories he had to start a blog, who started my love for wine, who makes friends wherever he goes, who is always open to listening and being educated by his liberal political activist daughter, who is so proud of being a dad and will accept anyone as a new “adopted” child.
Love you, thank you for a lifetime of memories.
P.S. look at him rocking his Father’s Day gift.

(A new Express shirt, of course)

Geo’s Media Blog (The Misfits) 5/02/22


Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. (A few of the misfits who changed the world, Ford, Musk, Lennon, Jobs, King, Disney, Ali, Dylan, and Gandhi shown above.)

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

If you’ve got secrets you probably need therapy.

I know of very few men who ever dreamed about becoming a Dad but when it happens. Whew!

Encouragement works much better than criticism.

I love train travel but what I despise about Amtrak is their lack of urgency, is that a union thing?

How dare rich people ever be grumpy about anything, but grumpy they are.

When I was a PD the only thing I was afraid of was the off button.

I wonder if Trump even cares if the women he marries, love him?

If women are doing so poorly how come most of the homeless are men?

Confidence is good but having the facts on your side is even better.

Figuring out what you’re afraid of and why might take more education than most folks have. 

When you go the extra mile you’ll find it’s not a well-traveled road.

Saying thankyou usually leads to you being thankful for the many things that lie ahead.

You’re the only one who can decide how much is enough.

My rage and wine do not work hand in hand.

Men compete until they die.

Having patience is easy to understand it’s just hard to have.

The only integration I’ve ever seen is in TV commercials

It’s never been about the effort it’s always been about the results.

Since the beginning of time, the one thing that hasn’t changed is, that the rich continue to get richer.

The Church created Hell, not God.

Is anybody California Dreaming anymore?

Ain’t it funny how the losers always look for the easy way out.

Good sex has nothing to do with it being magic.

So, living in the last real estate bargain in America, I get pressured a lot about selling my place. (On the 19th floor overlooking a Jack Nicklaus golf course, a lake, and the ocean) However, when I ask them where, if I did so, where I would live? “Crickets.”

At what age does shame show up?

Wouldn’t it be great if the people we elected only cared about what 99% of what the folks wanted instead of the 1% they suck up to?

It looks to me like if Putin didn’t have Nuclear Weapons, even France could take him.

I believe in, “Thou Shall Not Kill” until it pertains to anybody hurting my daughters.

If you know what’s wrong you’ve got it half fixed.

To do what’s never been done is a worthy quest.

Uber/Lyft, Airlines, and Railways must use the same rubber clock. Their minutes last longer than ours.

COMMENTS
Bill Gardner: And your CFTR experiences went on to be the inspiration not only for KVIL Dallas Ft. Worth but Adult Contemporary radio…period.  YOU changed everything.  I remember when you hired me and told me I would leave Top 40 radio and be on “Adult radio.”  I thought I’d be playing cover versions of the hits by John Davidson, Jerry Vale, and Perry Como…. “adult radio” as I’d known it.
None of us should rest until you are rightfully acclaimed as the father of adult contemporary radio, and the huge radio stations and revenue it produced.
I was there, and a witness as we “knocked over” DFW ratings by following the George Johns vision of what it could be. I’m still honored to be an original part of it. (Stay Focused)
Geo: Thank you for not only your kind words, Bill, but for also being there for our many battles.

Alex Paylor: I worked for Keith Dancy at my first station, CKJD in Sarnia, Ont. Although he didn’t visit that often I liked the guy. I went to high school with his daughter Michelle, and she must have said some nice things about me to him because he always made time for conversation with me when he was in town.
The event I remember most was Keith visiting the station that bore his initials was the day of the last game of the first Canada v Russia series. Everyone who wanted to see the game who wasn’t on air gathered in the newsroom to watch it on a small black and white TV. Keith asked if there was anyone on staff who didn’t like hockey, and when one of the copywriters said she didn’t, Keith took out his wallet and gave Peggy a handful of bills telling her to go to the liquor store and spend the money. Nobody jumped and cheered when Paul Henderson scored the winner than Keith did. (Stay Focused)
Geo: Thanks so much for sharing, Alex. Keith was a great guy, and we remained friends till the end.

Buzz Barnett: Boy, George, I marvel at Your adventurous and exciting travelogues, especially THIS one! A Tim Horton’s Americano for Everybody!! You’re a master at conveyance wherever and whenever You travel. I always get the beginning, middle, and end, just like You taught me very well! I appreciate You, George, and God’s Abundant Blessings to You and Your Fab Fam!! (Tour de Universite)
Geo: You’re too kind, Buzzy.

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