In 1985, my radio career was soaring. I was co-hosting the hugely successful WQMF-FM morning radio "Show With No Name." My partner Ron Clay was a shrewd, sardonic, soured-on-life hippie guy. He was brilliant and always had something clever to throw out on the air. We could finish each other's sentences with goofy riffs about society, celebrities, and politicians. We did outrageous things. We used sound effects to make it seem as if we were broadcasting from around the world. We lied a lot. We giggled at each other's provocative setups. We were juvenile delinquents trapped in grownup bodies. Rude boys throwing conventional broadcast techniques out the window. Radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia sent employment inquiries. None of those
This blog post is deliberately hazy to conceal the identities of all of my supporting co-workers so that I can write about one of them. I work with two completely separate broadcast teams, one for radio and one for television. They’re both outstanding units and I am grateful to be paired with such high level professionals. My broadcast career spans forty years but I’m not a know-it-all. We are never too old to learn new lessons. Another one just hit me upside my thick skull. MESSAGE! I was certain that a co-worker on my production team was carelessly sabotaging our broadcasts. She wasn’t being malicious, just careless. “Why doesn’t she care? Why can’t she
Some people believe in selective segregation. There are times when they want to be fully vested Americans afforded all of its freedoms, and times when they want to be considered a special separate class that demands nuanced, preferential considerations. See: white supremacists, militant feminist causes, the Congressional Black Caucus, anti-government groups, and many more. That Latin phrase on currency reads: e pluribus unum -- from many, one (unless there is an advantage to boost just a portion of the pluribus, then to hell with the one). If anyone complains about a selective segregationist attitude, they are usually met with a flurry of outrage from SJW, self-proclaimed pure hearted Social Justice Warriors. (The very people who claim they "don't judge people"