When you’re not On-Air, what do you like to do? Run, work in my yard.
Bounce my grandchildren around (gently and responsibly of course). I love running the Columbus Marathon. My goal has been to run TWO marathons of some kind in the same calendar year. Still workin' on that!
FAVORITE 70s TV SHOWS
All of the Norman Lear comedies. They were right out of the headlines. "All In The Family" had fun with Watergate and anything Nixon, "Sanford & Son" handled problems associated with running a small business, "Maude" handled abortion and other heavy stuff as did its spin-off "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons" took over anything that the Bunkers didn't get the time to do. It was a great time in television. Best night on TV ever? Saturdays during the '73-74 season with the CBS-TV lineup: 8:00-All In The Family, 8:30-M*A*S*H, 9:00-The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 9:30-The Bob Newhart Show, 10:00-The Carol Burnett Show. NBC-TV almost matched it in 1984-1987 on Thursday nights with: 8:00-The Cosby Show, 8:30-Family Ties, 9:00-Cheers, 9:30-Night Court, 10:00-Hill Street Blues. My daughters vote for the ABC-TV "T.G.I. Fridays" from '93 to '97 with: 8:00-Family Matters, 8:30-Boy Meets World, 9:00-Step By Step, 9:30-Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, 10:00-20/20.
THE SONG THAT SPOOKED ME
"Reflections" by Diana Ross & The Supremes absolutely spooked me as a kid. It was 1967 and their first record under the new group name. The Vietnam war had a negative impact on a favorite first cousin who fought in it and there were numerous spooky reports of UFO sightings around that same time. For whatever reason this song became the soundtrack behind all of that. It took until around 2004 for me to listen to it again when I played it on 93.3. When my sister brought the record home when it was new I remember thinking, "What have the Supremes done?" If you don't know the song, it was a departure from their happier, poppier hits. I think my aforementioned life experience with the Vietnam war (I was in elementary school) and UFOs at the time didn't help me to embrace it much. I still get a chill hearing it. But really, everything's OK now and I did have very happy childhood! I'm perfectly sane!
MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT BEHIND THE MICROPHONE
Innocently exchanging the first letters of Buckeye and Federal. I was supposed to say, "Live from the top of the Buckeye Federal building." I had come from a party hosted by one of our DJs and went straight to the station to do the overnight show. I hadn't slept all that day. I was filling in for someone who had called in. It was in my early days of radio. Thank goodness it happened at 1:00 a.m. and that it was a rock station. The core audience probably went, "yeah!" But every DJ was at the party and heard it, and a tape of my faux pas ended up getting played at the station Christmas party a few months later.
MY FAMILY! (Updated)
5 Females- nuff said! Wife Debbie (38 years married!), daughters Michelle (Otterbein '01, University of Westminster, London, England '05), Brittany (Temple University '06), Courtney (Howard University '07, Georgetown University 2010) and Nicole (attended Wright State---a wonderful wife and mother). She's given us all 6 grandchildren, Breauna (12), boy/girl twins Braden and Brittany (11) and Braelon is 5! Then, in October 2015 she had ANOTHER set of boy/girl TWINS! Azariah and Azriel. The first four grandchildren have birthdays in December! Nicole and husband Aaron live in South Lebanon, just outside of Cincinnati. Wife Debbie works in early childhood education administration and I think she is the greatest teacher of teachers!
FAVORITE FAMOUS PERSON - David Janssen of "THE FUGITIVE"
The show was on ABC-TV from September 17, 1963 to August 29, 1967. Janssen was brilliant. The show was about a man, a doctor of medicine, on the run after being arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of his wife. The pediatrician was innocent. He underplayed the role of Dr. Richard Kimble to perfection. A very unusual show that sustained suspense for four years and actually resolved its story line. He was the only star and therefore had to be in almost every scene. I think he was the hardest-working person in television. He got relief during parts of some shows from Barry Morse (as Lieutenant Gerard) who had an "also-starring" role, even though he did less than 40 of the 120 episodes. They took the risk of not focusing on the chase itself. Rather, they told the story of the people the fugitive met while on the run, so much so that the guy he was after only showed up 9 times in 4 years! About midway through the run of the show one got the feeling the one-armed man might be innocent because he was rarely seen. So in actuality there were two fugitives. The one-armed man (played by one-armed actor Bill Raisch) was running from Kimble and Kimble was running from Lt. Gerard. Even when Raisch was on an episode he was never given on-air credit during the opening guest-star roll call. Because of that set-up the actor was just as mysterious as the character he played. But he made money. The network kept him on a retainer since he was so well known from the flashbacks at the beginning of most of the episodes. I liked Janssen in "Harry O" and "O'Hara, U.S. Treasurer" but Janssen in "The Fugitive" was the best. An amazing production and well thought out. Interesting notes; There was no "first episode" that showed the murder, arrest or trial of Dr. Kimble. The first episode for the series titled "Fear In A Desert City" could have been shown at anytime during the 4-year run. It was about Kimble (posing as a bartender) coming to the aid of a woman with an abusive husband. However, in that first show, the opening narration explained that Kimble had been a fugitive for six months. That's how much the producers didn't want to focus on the chase and make the show last. But TV audiences wanted to more about the night of the murder after the first few shows, so a "flashback" episode was made that showed the aftermath of the murder (Kimble seeing the one-armed man running from the direction of his house), the trial and the train wreck that freed him. That episode comprised the bulk of the flashback sequences we saw at the beginning of the shows, and sometimes during episodes where Kimble either recounts or dreams of the events that led him to the life of a fugitive. But the flashback episode was shown on Christmas Eve in 1963. Hardly anyone saw it and those who did probably thought it was a holiday rerun of the pilot episode. Even NBC was fooled in 1993 when they scheduled the first and last episodes of the series to hype the theatrical premiere of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford. They ran an ad in TV Guide and several newspapers to watch "Fear In A Desert City" to "see how it all began." Fans or those knowledgeable of the show must have gotten to them and explained that "Fear" gave no visuals from the night of the murder or the trial. As a result NBC quickly and quietly cancelled plans to show "Fear In A Desert City." Instead they slipped in the flashback episode, titled "The Girl From Little Egypt." In "Girl", Kimble gets struck by a car driven by a distraught woman and winds up in a hospital. Delirious, he flashes back to the night of the murder, the trial and his escape. The shocking moment in that episode was the first appearance of the one-armed man, almost being struck by Kimble's car. Prior to that he had only been referenced in show-opening narratives establishing the theme of the story. The flashbacks of that sequence made the one-armed actor a star. Not seen during the openings in the first season, the sequence was shown during the last three seasons as the show was being introduced. Did I tell you that I liked this show?