Radio in Prince Rupert

Coyote Mac Cloud intro to China Grove

The light house outside Prince Rupert

I can remember attending an Abrams/Burkhart radio conference years ago where some of the worlds best programmers, consultants and marketers attended along with a stellar cast of celebrities and speakers.

David Lee Roth opened the conference followed by Randy Michaels, now the CEO of US Based, Oak Hill Capital, who made a memorable start to his keynote speech walking up the ramp or the beginning of the Doobie Brothers, China Grove to hit the post (Vocals) as the band played on.

It was an electric moment as he amused himself and wowed the audience and admitted how much he enjoyed doing that when he was a Top 40 disc jockey. He also shared with us that the longer he was in this business the further he got away from the things that got him into it. I believe at the time he was CEO of Citdal or Clear Channel.

I suppose this is true as each of us masters various skills and experiences and move up the corporate ladder or to more senior positions and mastery in all the things we do. It seems like a life time ago I was editing demo tapes, picking songs for a new format or sitting on the air at all times of the day and night learning my craft.

I recently returned from north western British Columbia where we held annual planning meetings with this five station group and the launch of a new format and a new FM station in Prince Rupert. It was great to spend time with our team there, hang with the other “suits” on our road tour that had started their careers much like me as we reflected on the flight home how enjoyable our work is.

How fortunate that after 40 some odd years I still love what I do for a living and enjoy working with terrific colleagues across Canada. It’s good to know that radio is far from dead as our talented group reinvent what we do on air, on line and on the street every day.

Unfortunatley I never recorded Randy’s intro to the Doobie Brothers but I do have one from Coyote Mac Cloud (link above), a memorable and wildly entertaing Top 40 jock from Atlanta doing an another excellent intro to China Grove.

Run for the Cure!

Run for the Cure 2011, Kelowna BC

I had a call this morning from a good friend of the family (Darcy)who said that he had a dream that Shalon had come to visit him and that she asked him to check on me. It’s been the best part of the year since she died.

I have been quiet here as I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired, creative or wanting to share much. While I realize the need to feed our social media platforms it has been difficult to get past email and the occasional comment on fb.

There have been some moments of inspiration but they have been brief. For the most part I have been feeling very private and guarded.

My apologies as I suppose each of us deals with grief and loss differently as I have watched our family and close friends process their feelings and work through their loss. I have seen others thoughout the year deal with similar experiences. I think seeing all of these people with similar stories in the picture above getting ready to run, walk and ride have helped many of us get on with our journey.

Much has happened with various tributes, the sharing of photos and stories, a few memorials and much reflection and memories with an out pouring of love and many unselfish acts of kindness and generosity. It has been quite moving.

I spent a few days in Southport NC this week with my son and his family. Heath and Sarah have a beautiful 18 month old son (Oliver) and it was a real joy to be with them. My grandson’s laughter resonates throughout the house with the many pictures of his Aunt and Uncle looking on. I am sure Shalon is thrilled with how he is doing and the joy he brings to all of us.

I was able to ride Salon’s Sportster that she left in Southport this visit. My son has spent this many months rebuilding it and it has never looked or run so good. I could swear I heard Shalons laughter as I cracked the throttle over the causeway by Boiling Springs Lake where she enjoyed hanging out with her husband, brother, sister in law, nephew and all of their dogs.

October is the annual “Run for the Cure” sponsored by the BC Cancer Foundation. It’s a different run than the one in the US with the same name. The Rotten Grape, a local Kelowna bistro had a fund raiser in Shalons name following the run. Another example of good friends and our community coming together to help and do whatever they can for us and for cancer research. Many thanks to Rita, Julio and our friends at the RG for all that they do. The semi freddo was amazing!

For all of our friends everywhere – thank you for your love and support and for caring.

Let’s find a cure!