Monday, March 14

CRAZY OKAY

I visited CBS Radio Seattle today.  It was both strange and familiar at once.  It has been about a year since I was there last, and that time I got no further than the lobby.  This time, I made my way through KMPS and KZOK, catching up with people I had not seen in a long time.  It has been two years and four months since I was employed there.

I mentioned my beginnings at KZOK in an earlier post.  About a month after moving to Washington State from Massachusetts, I began an internship in the production department.  Shortly after that I became the afternoon show producer.  I also sometimes produced the morning and midday shows.  When the afternoon show host became the program director, he made me his assistant.

Over 15 years, I saw many ownership and personnel changes.  The first change in ownership resulted in my first on-air shift.  All the full-time "personalities" had to attend a workshop.  I got to fill-in on a few overnight shifts.  I remember being amazed that someone responded to something I had said by sending me a fax.  I still get a little thrill from listener response.  Now it is through a "Shout Out" on the KJRW station page at live365.com.

People always want to know which rock stars I met in the KZOK studios.  The nicest guys were Paul Rodgers, Graham Nash, and Julian Lennon.  Ann and Nancy Wilson were there enough times that I was finally comfortable around them and not star-struck.  Other studio guests I met were:  Grace Slick, Ian Anderson, Ray Davies, Nick Mason, Roger McGuinn, Mickey Thomas, Sam Andrew, Roger Hodgson, Peter Green, and Donny Osmond.  I am probably forgetting somebody.  I also got to meet all the members of Aerosmith backstage before a show in the Key Arena as a member of the KZOK staff.
 
That part was cool, but the thing I enjoyed the most while at KZOK was helping to create a show - from constructing a playlist of songs to producing a funny station identification piece, and making them flow together.  After two years of not being able to have that creative outlet, a close friend told me about live365.com, and KJRW was born.

Will I ever return to "CRAZY OKAY"?  We'll see...

1 comment:

  1. But, really, do you want to? There must be a better way to use your gifts than to be ignored and abused aka "being taken advantage of" by a bunch of tired, burnt-out white guys...

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