Geo’s Daily Life-Liners 2/21/24

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I find it strange that Tracy Chapman was referred to as a queer black female on the recent Grammy’s, thus leaving us to guess, I guess, what Luke Holmes was.

Planning not only takes time, but it saves it, too.

Love captures your heart; hate captures your mind. 

What do the following cities have in common?
1. Memphis
2. Detroit
3. St. Louis
4. Little Rock
5. Birmingham
6. Chicago
7. New Orleans
8. Oakland
9. Milwaukee
10. Baltimore.
Those cities are the most dangerous in America. Why?

There are six different ways of looking at everything. How many do you see?

Geo’s Life-Liners is a daily politically incorrect inside look at Radio, TV, Music, Movies, Books, Social Media, Politics, Religion, and Life, primarily written with men in mind.
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Geo’s Daily Life-Liners 2/20/24

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While growing up, I was never aware of my friends, my bandmates, or my fellow broadcasters’ political leanings, and I’m pretty sure I was happier not knowing.

When men lose weight, it’s usually because they’re having an affair. However, on the other hand, most women don’t start dieting until their divorce.  Right, Kelly Clarkson.

When a business becomes successful, unfortunately, it’s turned over to the CFO, and customer dissatisfaction begins.

The only criticism I accept as valid is from the folks I respect.

I don’t think I’m comfortable waiting for history to judge our politicians; let’s find some judges with balls and judge ’em all right now. 

Geo’s Life-Liners is a daily politically incorrect inside look at Radio, TV, Music, Movies, Books, Social Media, Politics, Religion, and Life, primarily written with men in mind.
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Radio Geo’s Media Blog. (Say It Ain’t So) under construction

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What if the photos above were true instead of being created by AI?
Or, what if George W’s advisors were lying to him and there were no WMDs in Iraq?” (Of course, they were)

Then again, how about the theory that there was more than one sniper taking part in JFK’s assassination?
Hey, what about the one that speculates that we knew about the pending attack on Pearl Harbor but did nothing so the public would be ok with us becoming involved in World War II?

Then, of course, there’s the rumor that the Air Force was hiding the remains of aliens from outer space in Area 51 when they crashed near Roswell, New Mexico.
Oh yeah, how about all those UFOs, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster sightings?

Then there’s the conspiracy theory that claims we faked the Moon landing.
I used to think that most of the above was bullshit, just as I did the “House of Cards.”. Now I’m not so sure.

COMMENTS

Doug Thompson: George, what about layovers and ‘puker’, aka ‘Ronnie Radio’? “Walking the post? You’ve got a splicing block and tape, but I didn’t see a one-sided razor blade. Of course, that may have meant something different once the FM stoners came along. Oh, and PSAs.(Jargon)
Geo: I knew there’d be more Dougie
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Ray A Whitworth: The days of imagination, originality, creativity, and personality with innovation are gone. Their replacements are real estate brokers, AI, and account directors pretending to be Program Directors. Several internet radio stations have been born, and more to come. One station is Seacoast Radio, located in Maine. They only have TWO MINUTE BREAKS every 20 minutes. Just like it was 60 years ago. What was old and disregarded was an era of compelling creativity, and some internet stations are rebuilding that era. I have not tuned into a terrestrial radio station for information or entertainment since 2007. It left me, and I found internet radio, with no subscriptions to listen to. I hear Chickenman again, American Top 40 with Cassey Kassem, Firesign Theater, and special shows doing “Rockumenteries.” Corporate radio needs to wake up. (What Happened)
Geo: Those were the days, my friend; we thought they’d never end.

Jack Schell: Yo!, George! I forgive you for not including one of the major radio jargons, Dee-Jays. S’ok.  Y’know? (Jargon)
Geo: Had to leave a little something for ya, Jack; otherwise, I’d never hear from ya, Y’know. 🙂

Randy Kabrich: …”Speaking of the young, let’s turn a few radio signals over to some kids and see what they come up with.”.”Somewhere in the late 90s, after the Evergreen/Chancellor merger but before the Clear Channel/Chancellor merger, there was a long interview with Jim DeCastro who was then running Chancellor after Scott Ginsberg’s sudden departure. It was in R&R iirc and attempted to justify the ability to own 5 properties on a band. In essence, his argument for owning 5 signals was so the Companies could take more risk experimenting and programming one of the signals towards an underserved portion of the audience that did not have to be a winner. I could only laugh when reading the article and said to myself, “Is anyone buying into this?” Yes, that’s what investors and Wall Street want to hear, as it’s so good for stock prices! The FCC ate it up, though. In retrospect, it’s hard not to argue that the biggest risks were taken by Companies when their back were to the wall with one signal they had to invest in to get it right because there was no other option. Look at Evergreen with WLUP, KKBT, and even later with WKTU in New York. One signal. It was all in. No option but to make it work, yet these were not head-on attacks but finding an opening that wasn’t being served. And serving them. (Jargon)
Geo: As I learned years ago, Randy, rich guys only part with their money when they’re desperate. Back in the day of one AM and one FM per market, they thought they’d lose money if they weren’t #1. So, out of desperation, they’d turn their radio stations over to Mavericks.

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Radio Geo’s Media Blog. (A Taste of Honey) Under construction.

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The other day, I heard “A Taste of Honey ” by Herb Alpert and the Tiauna Brass on the radio, which brought back memories of my Dad, who loved TJB, and a vivid memory of legendary promotion guy Charlie Minor. (Pictured above)

Charlie and I are walking across the lot of A&M Records right after meeting with his boss, Herb Alpert.
I proposed a joint venture between A&M Records and the Class FM radio stations where we’d produce a “Love Songs” Album using tunes A&M already had in their vault.

As we walked toward Charlie’s office, I asked him how he thought the meeting went.
He said, “I could tell the boss liked you, and I think he found your proposal interesting.” “Great,” I responded, “So what happens now?”

“Absolutely nothing,” he replied, and when I asked him what he meant, he said, “George, what you want would require a lot of work, and Herb would rather have fun.”
“Fun,” I questioned, “Yeah,” Charlie said; “He’d prefer going into the studio with some unknown group to record an unknown tune than look up who owns the songs you want for your album.”

“Wow,” I said, “Charlie, I think there’s a lot of money waiting for us with this project.”
“I think you’re right,” he responded, “But what you don’t understand is when guys like Herb record new stuff, nine times out of ten, they’re wrong, but they’re still multi-millionaires.”

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

The price you pay for success is that which you have to give up to achieve it.

Selfishness is always followed by even more selfishness. He, who is not becoming wiser with each passing day, is dying.

According to Einstein, reality doesn’t have a mathematical equation, so it may not even exist.

Besides the lucky sperm club, I don’t think luck has much to do with anything..

Sitting here slightly right of center as a centrist, there is no doubt the left is afraid of Trump. If he’s as bad as they claim, you’d think they’d want to run against him?

Every generation is charged with passing down wisdom to their children. Luckily, all my children are smarter than me.

If it’s true that the highlights of your life pass before your eyes as you’re dying, I’m gonna have a slow death. 

Patents are monopolies, and monopolies are un-American.

How stupid are the people who own women’s clothing stores and don’t provide a chair for the guy who’s gonna pay for all that shit?

Happiness shared is real happiness.

I’m unsure who was impressed when they began calling the radio sales folks account executives, but it certainly wasn’t me.

Hey, Mr. Politician, there’s a bunch of pretty not-so-innocent 20-year-old interns working in DC, but if you touch them, they can ruin your career.

Whatever happened to former Prince Harry, and old what’s her face?

Success, to me, is internal satisfaction.

Try as they might, no politician or rich person has ever been able to conquer or control love.

Remember when “overnight” used to be fast?

Hey, Singer Island, in South Florida, do you have any idea how much money you’d save if your zip code and Riviera Beach were different?

I wonder how long the American people will tolerate the politicians, executives, and athletes making all that huge money when they can’t afford to buy a home. How long did it go on in France before the guillotine came out?

Do you find it strange as I do that the only people who want the government’s help are the rich and poor?

Speaking of wants and needs, before marrying, a man better figure out if the woman he’s involved with wants or just needs him. If it’s both, the marriage has a shot; otherwise, it’s doomed. 

Why is everything going up except wages?

The biggest media failures so far have to be Consolidation, HD Radio, and 3D TV.

Unlike humans, AI can’t visualize the future.

COMMENTS

Jerry Kiefer: How’d you forget the prize closet? You got all the rest… (Jargon)
Geo: Had to leave a little something for ya, Jerry.

Steve Eberhart: “..why not turn over some radio signals to kids?” Interesting question because “back in the day” when radio was great, weren’t we all just kids running these multi-million-dollar properties? Look at stations today; there aren’t many 19 or even 25-year-old air talent out there, much less 25-year-old program directors with fresh from-the-street ideas that lead to greatness.  Many 55+ program directors and managers don’t have ANY fresh ideas other than reducing costs to temporarily make the bottom line look better to the board of directors. (Jargon)
Geo: You’re so right, Steve; when I was in my early thirties, Ted Rogers turned his radio station in Toronto over to me so I could put a new format on the air that had never been heard before. One of us had to have been crazy.

Mike Buxser: We lived by the motto, if we can dream it, we can do it. Working in radio was a labor of love.  It wasn’t a job; it was an all-in way of life. We lived and breathed it.  When we weren’t in the station creating great radio, we were hanging out with each other at a local watering hole talking radio. That passion, energy, and commitment to excellence is gone. We were proud to be in radio. Today, it seems so corporate and emotionally dead. There’s a sameness to what you hear.  I was blessed to have spent 50 years doing radio from 1968-2018. I miss what it was, but I was happy to get out when I did. It’s time to let the corporate geeks finish ruining the business. George, keep up the good work. (What Happened)
Geo: Well said, Mike.

Randy Kabrich: 50 years ago, 14-18 minutes of spots were standard, as were breaks between almost every song. The circle is complete. (What Happened.)
Geo: In the late ’70s, Randy, we ran 19 spots an hour and had a 19 share in Indy. The difference was I had the power to pull the spots I didn’t like.

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Radio Geo’s Media Blog (What Happened to Radio?) Revised, 1/29/24.

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My brother Reg and I have been having a bunch of discussions lately about the demise of radio and the why of it.
My theory is that the only thing clusters created was a Cluster Fuck.

Even though the FCC bought into the rhetoric that an owner owning a bunch of stations in a market would be a good thing because they’d be able to experiment with new and unique formats, I, for one, didn’t believe it, and of course, it never happened.  

Back in the day, when most radio stations were making pretty good money, there was usually one or two great stations in every market that were making great money.
And at each of those great radio stations, there was usually a person who was responsible for its greatness.

However, now that we have clusters, the greatness has disappeared, as have the people who made those radio stations great.
Radio today has no enemy, no one to destroy cuz the enemy is right down the hall, and you’re not allowed to hurt him.

Anyway, my retired brother, who is tinkering with and learning about video production, created this video that includes a 3-step solution to radio’s woes.

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