Radio Geo’s Media Blog (Tits) under construction

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Back when I was about to turn forty, I walked away from the best job a man could ever have: V/P of programming for Fairbanks Broadcasting. Only the demons who were guiding me understood why, but I did know one thing: I didn’t wanna die in Indiana.

So, visualize this if you can …There I was, out by the pool having a glass of wine with my wife, Lana.
Now, what made this evening special was my telling her that I was moving to California.

Okay, so what you’ve got to understand is how crazy this must have sounded to her.
We were living in an exclusive neighborhood, in the nicest house on the block, on a 3/4-acre treed lot that had a creek running through it.

We also had a pool and spa out back and a Cadillac and a Mercedes out front.
I loved this house, and of the seven homes I’ve owned in my lifetime, this one was my favorite. (See it on top and Lana and me below.)

However, living in California has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I remember watching the people in shorts and short-sleeve shirts at the Rose Bowl and thinking, “Someday, man, someday,” and as I said to her, “If not now, when?”

Her only reaction was to tell me that she was done following me around and was getting off the rocket ride we’d been riding together for thirteen years.

A few weeks later, when I arrived in California all by myself, I was hired by the folks who owned KOGO and KPRI in San Diego to be their onsite consultant.
KOGO was doing a Jack McCoy creation called the Radio Magazine, and KPRI was doing Lee Abrams Super Star format.

Oh, and they also had an FM in San Antonio that was in terrible shape and wanted to know if I could put whatever I did at KVIL on it.
That radio station a few months later became the first Class FM, which jump started my whole career, but that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, back to San Diego, where I loved the Radio Magazine concept and believe that with the help of AI, it would work even better today,
Anyway, before long, KOGO started to get some decent ratings, and at some point, Ed Shadek, the company president, said to me, “George, our rep Eastman Radio, has invited us to New York to discuss KOGO’s future.

Ok, so along with our SM, Ernie Kovacs, we’re off to the Big Apple, and once there, we stayed at my all-time favorite hotel in New York, the Helmsley Palace.
I probably like the Palace because I’m partial to old bars, and they had a huge one in the old section of the hotel that looked centuries old.

Anyway, after we met with the Eastman staff, we went for dinner at a fancy restaurant that was hosted by Eastman’s president.
After a delightful dinner, he invited us back to his place for a nightcap.

He, of course, lived on Park Avenue, and as I looked around at all the opulence, I thought, “Wow, this is sure a long way from Transcona, Toto.”
After chit-chatting about radio for a while, I couldn’t help but say to the Prez, “Hey, we’re just a dinky little radio station in San Diego; why the sudden attention?”

 “You have tits now,” was his. I’ll never forget reply.
There it is; he nailed it; the problem with radio today is, It doesn’t have any tits.

GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

Even though KVIL in Dallas was one of the greatest radio stations ever created, and most of its staff have been inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, it never won any awards.
On the other hand, another great radio station that I was fortunate enough to be involved with, WIBC in Indianapolis, won lots of awards. Unfortunately, though, hardly any of that talented staff are in the Indy Hall of Fame. How’s that work, Jeff? You and Jan Wenner have a lot in common.

Has anyone considered “not fucking” as an alternative to abortion or at least using a fucking contraceptive?

One can only wonder if those guys who dance in the end zone came from good homes.

Hey, Grandson, the woman of your life ain’t ever having your baby; she’s having her baby, and when she tires of you, she’s leaving with that baby; not to worry, though, you’ll still get to pay for it. T

The only reason I like dating younger women is because, unlike their older counterparts, they like to talk and be naughty.

My good friend Billy Bob Harris says, “Don’t judge a man till you’ve walked a mile in his shoes, and what’s best about that is no matter how it turns out, he’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have his shoes.”

Until we stop hearing, the first African American to do this and the first female to do that, nothing’s gonna get any better.

How the hell do you fight an enemy who’s hiding out in your head?

You can’t fix the radio industry, but you can sure fix a radio station.

Guys don’t know shit about love; they just fall into it.

You can always learn how to be a banker but not a visionary.

Seeing as we don’t agree on politics, I wonder if we agree on what greatness is.

Being a type ‘A,’ I find it very difficult to move at the pace of others.

Rising out of the ashes of disaster (Radio), I smell the scent of opportunity.

My friend Billy Bob Harris claims that the impossible is just an opinion.

It’s not what you occasionally do that makes a difference; it’s what you do over and over again.

It’s hard to respect someone who only votes for a particular political party because their great-grandparents did.

A winner is a loser who gave it another shot.

First, you dream it, and then you plan it.

Hey, Radio Engineers, when are you gonna come up with a way for the PPM device to recognize online listening?

Speaking of radio, what greatness ever came out of a cluster?

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2 thoughts on “Radio Geo’s Media Blog (Tits) under construction

  1. Hugh Whaley: Geo, the comment by the KOGO rep firm president surprised me. When I was living in San Diego in the mid-to-late 70s, KOGO was my “go to” radio station. It had Ernie Myers mornings, Bill Moffitt middays and Ken Copper PM drive. Plus Padres games (maybe the Chargers too; I can’t recall). KGB and KCBQ probably beat them in the ratings for 18+, but KOGO was quite a popular station as I recall. I don’t know what happened after I left in late 1977. Was the rep firm you met with the same rep firm KOGO had in the mid-to-late 70s? (Big Tits)
    Geo: When I got there in ’81, Hugh, the stuff you listened to in the 70s was long gone all they had left was a great signal.

  2. Randy Kabrich: Geo wrote, “Even though KVIL in Dallas was one of the greatest radio stations ever created, and most of its staff have been inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, it never won any awards. On the other hand, another great radio station I was fortunate enough to be involved with, WIBC in Indianapolis, won lots of awards. Unfortunately, though, hardly any of that talented staff are in the Indy Hall of Fame. How’s that work, Jeff? You and Jan Wenner have a lot in common.”
    I was told of one of your quotes (early life-liners?) circa late 70s referring to Radio “You can be Rich, or you can be Famous, but you can’t be both.” (Tits)
    Geo: Most of my Life-Liners pop into my head when I’m provoked by something external. I may have been referring to how much juice it takes to get rich or famous so it would be best to chase one dream at a time because chasing two would be twice as hard.

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