I started my radio career as a board op at CKY in Winnipeg where I had so much fun that even when I left to become the program director of CKOM in Saskatoon I vowed to return. For the longest time my career goal was just to be good enough to be hired back at CKY as their new PD but fate had a total different plan for me. Even though I never did achieve my dream job back at CKY I did get to return some 15 years later as their programming consultant.
CKY at that time was owned by Moffat Communications who owned several other very successful radio stations in western Canada. However even though things were going very well for them I was told that there was some trouble brewing in Calgary. It turnrd out that even though the moring team in Calgary were higly rated the company's president didn't like them and wanted them gone. The local GM not anxious to blow up a successful morning show if he could help it finally persuaded the prez to commision a research project with Kurt Hanson’s company to find out what the folks in Calgary thought about the morning folks. When the project was completed everyone gathered around in the boardroom to hear Kurt’s findings. Kurt claimed that the research showed that the morning team was even more popular than their ratings and the president responded by saying that he didn't care ’cause he still didn't like them. Kurt’s response to that was … Well it looks like the nays have it!
OTHER STUFF I'VE BEEN PONDERING….
It really doesn't matter if you coulda played in the majors, all that matters is … Did ya?
The best thing about having excellent ratings is that you're now free to finally do something special.
The only thing powerful enough to end a friendship with an old buddy is a new woman.
Without knowing who you are you can never become who you wanna be.
If in the future if an electric car breaks the sound barrier what kind of sound will it make?
There’s are two kinds of AC formats, foreground and background and two types of women who listen to them. Those with babies and those without.
Speaking of women how do all of them except for my daughters know what a lap dance is?
There are all kinds of 20 and 40-year-old ladies in a bar but there are very few 30-year-olds. They left to make babies.
Comments made by the significant others of great people are usually insignificant.
As time goes by less and less of what used to make sense does anymore.
The government shouldn't be working on how we pay for health care they should be working on how we make it affordable by stomping the gougers.
Patent is just another word meaning monopoly.
Good enough is greatnesses worst enemy.
Creativity is defined as doing something new or doing something very old in a brand new way.
You have to be born gifted but not to worry because you can learn how to be creative.
When you say something you know not to be true or withhold something that is, you're lying, or as Hollywood likes to call it, acting.
I find it strange that I hear Gordon Lightfoot tunes on the radio all the time except for "Black Day In July."
The thing that all men who have beautiful women have in common is that they're all very successful.
A woman doesn't have to be dating a guy in order to sleep with him.
As I have often told my daughters, the right guy is the guy who'll die for you but there's no rush to find him 'cause your dad's got that part covered. Although I could use a good assistant.
Every story even at it's worst is still at least half true.
Luckily for us, our forefathers wrote the history about how North America was settled otherwise we'd look despicable.
Working harder on something that doesn't work doesn't make it work.
Nobody under 25 uses Facebook anymore other than girls in other countries who want me to be their "Sugar Daddy."
The problem that most stars have is that they outlive their fame.
It's never about what's right it's always about what's legal.
I was attracted to bands and radio because of the various kinds of audio that they produced. Unfortunately, my life though went by at the speed of light instead of the speed of sound which I would have much preferred.
If you are given money to do nothing eventually you will become too weak to do anything.
Other than the white house is soon gonna house an idiot at least I can be pissed at whoever it is without being called a racist.
I did some smart things in my life but the dumbest thing I ever did was not get a good education. That cost me plenty.
I find it amazing that the fools who overpaid for radio stations at some point decided that they didn't need radio people to do radio when in fact it's only them that aren't needed. What do they do?
So how cool was this, when Paul recently attended the premiere showing of Ron Howard’s new film 8 Days A Week he wore one of his old Beatle suits and of course Beatle Boots.
When we enter the workplace we leave our freedom of speech behind so I can’t imagine why it would be any different for a football player just because his workplace is called a stadium?
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Your comment about those who paid too much is right on. We Radio people who watched from the beginning of that could see it coming, but i’d guess that we all missed how long it would take them to get to the brink. The can being kicked is severely dented.
Thanks for the read Hal. The only hope for radio to get out of this mess is to go bankrupt and start over as a mom and pop kinda thing. This would mean though that those million dollar jobs the executives now have would disappear though so they’re gonna fight it off as long as they can.
re: If you are given money to do nothing eventually you will become too weak to do anything.
could i just try getting enough to where i can at least take the trash out?
Kinda like continuing to doing it until you need glasses Moto?