It is evident each year that my gift requests are usually connected to music (and sometimes food.) After a few visits at Classic Hits Radio Station WJLT 105.3, it's clear that all I really want is my own radio station. I don't necessarily want to TALK on the radio ... I merely want to choose what I think the audience should hear. One day the music lineup might be old school country (Waylon & Willie...) or my perhaps what I call vintage rock (local indie musicians); punk (the music, not the kids); ALL types of blues music, or perhaps informational guest speakers/programs. I would mix it up & play whatever the heck I wanted (which would never include a Wilson Phillips Christmas song) .... I'd only play whatever my eclectic, refined & loyal listeners requested.
Of course I announce this in a mostly joking manner, because I'm not sure if you realize how difficult it is to broadcast & manage a radio station. My friend Maggie was in the radio biz & she saw drastic changes in the field in a very short amount of time. I think most people go into radio because of their passion for music, but it quickly becomes apparent that in addition to having a magnetic personality they must have a passion for WORKING ALL THE TIME.
Recently I've had the pleasure of meeting on-air personalities Johnny Kincaid, Julie Michaels and Dave Westrich at WJLT 105.3 in Evansville, IN. The trio not only delivers great tunes to their audience, but it's the behind the scene stuff that we are unaware of that endears them to us. Creating shows/programs, commercials, keeping the city current on all important stuff, pleasing customers, pleasing bosses, and the list continues. And you wouldn't believe the number of hours that are required of them, did I mention that ??
In the many hours/days/years of transporting children in the car, we used to have a little saying.... if you heard your favorite song on the radio ... it was going to be a good day. Maybe you can say a word of gratitude to the radio folks next time you see them...or send them an email. Like everyone, they enjoy knowing they are pleasing others. Especially at the holidays. Happy Christmas Radio Rock Stars!
Hey!!! Instead of getting me a radio station for Christmas.... how about purchasing a copy of the BRAND NEW HOT OFF THE PRESS - RECIPE RECORDS THE 60'S EDITION!!! (a lot cheaper - and it will truly bring joy to the recipient)
Get your copy on my website: www.reciperecords.webs.com ($25 + $3 s/h)
Or if you are in Evansville - I will be signing books at Barnes & Noble THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 15 from 11 am to 1 pm (or so)
I'll have samples of One Hit Wonders - a delicious recipe from my new cookbook!
You can also find books at BasketKases on Lincoln Ave near U of E
In Mt. Vernon, Illinois - find it at Johnson The Gift Shoppe on Broadway
For more information or questions, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
OH YEAH -- If you want to be a guest on my radio show .... sign up! I'm looking for someone to join me to talk about Sir Paul McCartney. email: email@example.com
Peace & Rock & Roll,
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