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Let’s Be Heard!

January 27, 2012

I remember like it was yesterday when I began my broadcasting career the CBS supervisor of operations welcomed me to the prestigious and modern well-polished studios in the Wrigley Building. I was just 20 years old and this gentleman was 38. He was a keen observer of all things, especially people. He told me he thought I would have a great career and, if I remembered a few basic facts of life, I would be alright. I just looked at him as he peered over his thick eyeglasses. He was trying to decide what kind of a guy I was, so he opened up. He said, “First of all, never be late for a broadcast. If you are supposed to be in the studio at four, get there at 3:45. Never be late for a broadcast.” I thought this was a bit strange, but I wanted to hear everything he said since I knew there was much to learn. He went down a whole list of things and finally he said, “And remember this, the public is fickle. They will turn on you in the blink of an eye. People might love you one day and then the next day you might find, for some reason or other, they don’t like you.” He told me about some announcers and disc jockeys who had rode high, wide and handsome, only to fall on their faces.

I could go on and on with what this veteran told me that day, but I think the thing that stuck in my mind more than anything else was when he said, “Don’t get too chummy with your fans. If you forget this rule, you will be sorry. The average person may be in awe of you because you are on the radio and you are famous. But in no time, if you allow them to get too close, it will go to their head and they will think and act as though they know more than you do.” That is what this highly respected man said to me many years ago. Unfortunately, I did not heed his advice and learned that he certainly knew what he was talking about.

But, those people who proved how right this gentleman was are really not that important for me to get upset. As a matter of fact, I realize how small those people are. Many of them are jealous and don’t want to admit it. Let’s face it; we all are envious of someone at some point in our lives. But, the people I am writing about are abject failures and as a result will look for something to ridicule or criticize. For example, some people hold it against me because I am not as young as I used to be. To some people, if you are lucky enough to grow older and enjoy good health, you are guilty of doing something wrong. “Why don’t you retire, you old klutz,” they say. Well, if a person wants to continue doing what he loves, why shouldn’t he? When I started broadcasting when I was still in school, I did it without thinking about getting paid. When they told me I would get paid for doing it, I could hardly believe it!

So, if there are any of you out there who don’t like what I write, or what I say, don&38217;t read BobGrantOnline.com, and don’t listen to my Sunday noontime radio show. And for those of you who have enjoyed what I do, I thank you. And when I finally do decide to hang up the mike, I will miss you, and I hope you will miss me. In the meantime: “Let’s be heard!” And, Straight Ahead!

Bob Grant

Straight ahead!
 

 

 
That slams the lid onthings for today
 

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