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Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:04 am
by zebster
I smoked a ton of weed, went to every conference I could get into, have stayed in the business for 40 years, am still having fun, and am a millionaire.
Also, I don't call myself a Legend.
So what's your gig these days?
I don't think one can get paid for being a sanctimonious gasbag... but I'm sure you'll correct me if I'm wrong.

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:21 am
by realdealradio
lol zebster proves that there's enough room for everybody and anybody...yes even amidst consolidation. There is no ONE way to succeed.

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:50 pm
by thelegend
I'm so impressed you smoked a ton of weed. I doubt you're a millionaire.

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:39 pm
by robnokshus
Heh heh, Zebster. I have also smoked a ton of weed but I'm no millionaire! I have had an adventurous 30+ year career in radio though and am still "living the dream."

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:10 am
by kfodor
I consider myself very fortunate. 43 years in radio and still living the dream. Come February, I will have been at my present station group for 13 years, and I'm hoping to stay here till I decide to hang up the headphones. It's a much different business today, but I still see hope for the thousands of people who still make their living talking on the radio. I have gone thru much good and bad over the years, but I would do it all over again in a minute. Somehow I ended up back in my hometown for a top, well respected group on two of the top stations in town. Maybe I'm not rich, but I sure don't complain.

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:29 am
by cuddzu
One thing is clear, it is NOT the Entertainment Industry. Not by a long shot!

Re: Radio Today and in the Past

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:24 pm
by jayester
Wow! I feel as if I have strolled into to a "Remember When" wing of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame! Kudos to thelegend for creating this timely, relevant topic and to all who have replied thus far.

Being a "lifer" myself and having "lived" on-the air in nine markets including two majors and seeing the medium seemingly self-destruct from it's somewhat humble beginnings (okay, hawking goat glands for human cures or, setting up a remote rig in front of a competitor's station is not good radio per se--it happened, google it), I have got to believe that, in some markets at least, more local and stripped down operations will begin sprouting like a flower rising out of a pile of manure that has been left alone long enough.

As more of the bigger chains (you know who you are) start unloading more broadcast properties, I hope and pray any remaining, true broadcasters--who may still be on the sidelines-- will realize the potential of programing back to basics. A wise professor at my ole SIU alma mater once proclaimed, "It makes no difference if you broadcast thru a PA horn (evidently a stab at the old mono AM frequency response), if you are good at what you're doing listeners will listen."

Just my opinion, but radio (done right) still can not be beat when it comes to intimacy and reaching listeners where they live, work, play, etc. And streaming on the web and reaching out via social media has just extended that station's potential reach to infinity (and beyond)!

Instead of lemming leaping into whatever the next fad on social media will be, loosing your identity in the process just to get "hits," why not perfect your unique sound/format, inform and entertain and then link YOUR brand TO social media? Geesh, has it been six years since my last post? ;)