Keeping Up With the Karaokians

When you’re on the radio, playing hits and spouting time, temp, and song titles. . and an occasional bit of concealed wisdom, you can’t see the listener. (Notice I said, “listener.” It is a known fact that people seldom listen in groups sitting in bleachers.) So, what happens when a disc jockey is in front of a live audience? Ideally, he or she will speak to one person, perhaps someone toward the back of the bar, preferably one who’s awake.Read more

Career Detour: Through a Scary House

In 1968 there was a brief interruption in my radio career. I left my job at KSTT to sell mutual funds for a company called Investors Diversified Services (IDS). After a few months of trying to sell funds, I found the training boring, the job generally uninteresting. As a result, I didn’t get many people to invest. It didn’t take long to realize I should have stayed in radio. However, there was one shining moment in as a mutual fund salesman thatRead more

Play That “New” Jingle Again

My neighbor had been complaining for weeks that his golf game kept getting worse. Shank to the left, shank to the right. Chip from the rough. Putt, putt, putt. Then one morning, when I stopped over for coffee, he announced “I had a great game yesterday, with my new clubs. . .” His old clubs were perfectly good. And, the set before that as well. But, sometimes golf clubs just stop working. The whole set. No good. Enter the new andRead more

Shades of Early Learning

Many people remember a favorite grade school teacher, one they liked the most and often paid attention to. I would venture that if you’ll think back, and decide which teacher was your favorite, you would find it was one who also influenced your life more than others. I was trying to  remember the names of all my grade school teachers. I remembered most of them. Taking this a bit further, I tried to remember what the classrooms looked like, and recall certain events,Read more

A Radio Ride to Remember

The Masonic Temple in Davenport, Iowa has been the venue for many concerts over the years. It’s an ominous building, looks like a government structure, concrete top to bottom. Some claim that today it is haunted. A lot of the concerts back in the 1960s were promoted by the owner of KSTT, the radio station where I worked as program director, so I emceed many of the shows, introducing people like Johnny Mathis, Steve and Eydie, Andy Williams, The Mamas and TheRead more