After 39 years in the radio sales and sales management business, I finally got my own show. Actually, I have been on the air three times in my life for brief periods of time but this one feels amazing.
First, just out of McGill University, where I worked my way up from the morning show to the General Manager, my first opportunity came. My resume was floated out to every radio station in Ontario because as a newcomer I could not jump into Montreal radio. The challenge was to work your way up from small town to bigger city and gain experience along the way. So CKAP 580 AM gave me my big break; the afternoon drive home show from 2pm – 7pm. The salary was $800 per month and as much as I enjoyed it, my confidence waned and I didn’t think that the talent was there. So I went into sales.
Second, about 20 years later, I accepted a job doing country weekends on K103 in Khanawke despite the fact that the only country artist that I knew was Travis Tritt. Now county is one of my favorite genres of music. Along with my full time job at Mount Royal Commemorative Services, a radio show on CJAD on Sunday night was launched to demystify the funeral industry.
Finally, the new afternoon drive show on the Jewel 106.7 FM. The perfect station with the music that takes me back like April Wine, Fleetwood Mac, Frankie Valli and so much more. My thanks to Ted Silver and Ky Joseph for making this happen. Ted Silver is a consummate professional radio programmer for whom I have the utmost respect. Ted and I always enjoyed talking about radio and he encouraged me over the years and gave me the confidence necessary to be on the air. Thank you Ted.
So what is the takeaway? Chase your dreams because if you want to achieve a goal in life, you can, even if it takes 39 years. Dreams are goals with wings.