Even though Newspapers are fading away, there are still some great ones, like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and the Washington Post.
Quite a few years ago, while I was attending a radio convention in DC with Jamie Gold, she asked if I would like to tour the Post; I said, “Hell yeah.”
Who wouldn’t want to visit the place where Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein brought a President down?
Upon our arrival, we discovered a big lineup at the door, but because Jamie used to work there, the guards recognized her, and they waved us on through.
When we got to what I believe was the third floor, she showed me the desks where Woodward and Berstein had sat as they unraveled Watergate. Wow, how cool was that?
Another thing that I found amazing was that they had this room called the Evergreen room.
This, Jamie explained, is where they store news stories of various shapes and sizes, which they used to fill in the spaces between the ads.
What, I said, “Are you telling me that all the stories in the great Washington Post aren’t current?” “Nope,” she said; “In fact, some may be a couple of years old, but they don’t read old; that’s why they call them evergreens.” Color me shocked.
On the way out, I noticed that the line at the door had grown even longer. Surprisingly, though they weren’t lined up to see the inner workings of the Washington Post, they were watching the teletype as it printed out the news from around the world. (See photo on top)
Unlike radio folks, tired of putting another roll of paper in the machine or unjamming it, they found it amazing.
Oh, and later on at the radio conference in a large session with George Burns, when he pointed me out as being in attendance, Jamie asked, “Did he just call you the Grandfather of AC radio,” I said, “No, I don’t believe so, I heard Godfather.” (Jamie pictured below)
RADIO GEO’S LIFE-LINERS
Every week, I receive an email from some company claiming they deposited another $9950.99 in my bank account, but I’ve not seen any of it. They wouldn’t be trying to scam me, would they?
The one sport Canadians are the best at is hockey; in fact, they’re world-class. In fact, Canadians are so good at hockey that I think Canada should have more NHL teams. How about some teams in Victoria, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Quebec City, and Halifax? How exciting would that be, Eh!
Athletes and beautiful women have something in common, they both have a shelf life of about ten years, but if women have anything going for them besides their beauty, they can last a lifetime.
Just because the radical left and the religious right are loud doesn’t mean we’re listening. In fact, trying to figure out how we can let them have at each other. However, they have to promise to leave us out of it.
In 1972 when we launched a brand new format on CFTR in Toronto, everyone in the radio business thought we’d gone rock. Then when we did it again on KVIL in Dallas in 1973, all the radio folk there also thought that the station had gone rock. The only people who knew we hadn’t were the ladies in both cities. The new format soon became known as Adult Contemporary, and after forty years, it’s still the most popular format in the whole world.
To me, if it’s not rated ‘R,’ it’s a fantasy movie intended for kids.
When I asked why America is more upset about slavery than they are about the Holocaust, I was told that it was because Holocaust didn’t happen on our shores.
Do computer geeks have groupies?
We always hear about the women who helped their man’s careers, but I’m thinkin’ that there must be some who ruined them.
The love between a man and a woman is always conditional.
How old do you have to become until you no longer have to be practical?
Hey, radio heads, ponder this. “The more talented you are, the less local you have to be; however, if you’re both, you’re unbeatable.”
Creativity begins at the boundaries.
I find it amazing that Neil Simon, as he was growing up, would keep a few notes about his life which he later turned into award-winning Broadway Plays.
Before Social Media, I felt uninformed; now, I mostly feel misinformed.
Would an NFL coach lie to the press about a player’s injury? Of course not.
What I dislike about most governments is how they create things to scare us, and then they try to persuade us that only they can protect us from what they created.
Speaking of scaring us, the TV stations in South Florida, while doing the weather, spend most of their time warning us about all the Hurricanes that claim may appear during the summer months. I guess they’ve figured out that when the Hurricanes don’t show up, we’ll be happy, so we won’t say, “Hey, man, what the hell happened to the Hurricanes you predicted?”
Men do outnumber women in the upper 1%, but they also outnumber them in the bottom 1%.
So, has all the pandering and political correctness fixed anything yet?
Hey Joe, how’s it going for you? For us, not so good, but thanks for asking. We’re a little pissed that the oil companies continue to gouge us, product shortages, interest rates also continuing to rise, and inflation climbing as Wall Street drops. Oh, and the homeless are still living on the streets. But then again, I guess it’s not all bad; at least you made it possible for the guys who think they’re girls to play for the girls’ teams now.
I’m kinda ok with the rich; it’s the wealthy folk I think need to be investigated.
Do people fighting for their lives really use politically correct words to describe their adversary?
Hey Toronto, I think the only way the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup is by putting an NHL team in Hamilton. Then they’d have to win something to be able to sell season tickets.
Everybody’s stupid about something.
One of the strange things about being white is, unlike other races, when asked to describe ourselves, we don’t begin with, “I’m a white male.”
So, who has to be in power before you’ll give up your life for your country?
I find it very convenient that the bad stuff our government has done is always classified.
Nobody is automatically treated with respect.
Wow, now David Crosby is gone too.
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W.T. George, one thing I always admired about your stations is that you never put slogans on the air about what kind of station it was or what kind of music it played. Listeners were trusted to figure out what it was, and if they liked it, nothing else mattered. After all, a lot of people might say, “I like rock,” or “I like country music,” but nobody ever said, “I like Adult Contemporary music.” (Evergreens)
Radio Geo: I think the reason we never used slogans, W.T., may have been because we didn’t know what the hell it was either. Oh, and you’re absolutely right about AC because there’s no such thing. No Artist ever went into the studio to cut an AC record.
Bill Gardner: I still remember when you hired me for the launch of KVIL, (recently out of mornings at flame-throwing rock legend KCBQ San Diego), you told me KVIL Dallas was going to be a “middle-of-the-road” station appealing primarily to women. I thought that meant when I got there, I’d be playing cover versions of all the hits by cover bands like Ray Coniff and “finger snappers” like John Davidson, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Tony Bennett, etc.
Boy, did I have a LOT to learn about the definition of “middle of the road,” which the rest of the radio world learned and became the creation of “adult contemporary.”(Evergreens)
And one more time, thank you legendary program director, Jack McCoy, for telling me while we were both at Bartell’s WMYQ-FM Miami, “there’s some good radio people I want you to meet.”
Radio Geo: Bill it really was M-O-R Bill, I just used hit records to get the same texture. I’m not sure who came up with the term, Adult Contemporary.
I don’t know who came up with the TERM “adult contemporary” either, but there’s absolutely no doubt who INVENTED the adult contemporary SOUND and FORMAT….George Johns. Period!
Bill Gardner: One other cool sidebar out of WMYQ-FM Miami back then. One of our on-air team, a native Floridian who had only worked radio in Florida, asked me “Hey Bill. You’ve worked several big city radio stations across America. I just got an offer from WGN Chicago. Is that a good station?” “Hell yeah Bob Collins!” And off he went to a legendary run doing mornings there.
Radio Geo: Wow!
Wendy Homes: Hmmm, I wonder what a man’s shelf life is??? (Evergreens)
Radio Geo: As long as women think I have money, Wendy, I will remain attractive forever. Just ask the Asian and Russian women who hit on me every day.
Winnipeg Wendy: I think it’s repugnant when people find others attractive because of what they have as opposed to who they are. Money is only money but being surrounded by those who love you is special! I know you have both so that’s wonderful. (Ever Greens)
Radio Geo: The only women in my life that I could ever count on, Wendy, were my daughters. Tough for women to get by them.