I'm watching tutorials tonight on how to use Quarkxpress. You would think that I wouldn't necessarily need to know how to use a design program such as Quark since I'm in radio, not newspapers. But there was a time when I was in both and I still like Quark the best when it comes to designing anything. And I need to design a couple of marketing pieces MY WAY... so it's back to Quark.
Anyways, today's show started with an early appearance of a US senator, Joe Donnelly. The senator from South Bend called in at 5:58am to talk about military suicide and heroin addiction and a possible government shutdown. It’s tough to be cheery in the face of darkness and a US senator who may or may not have had his coffee yet.
9:09pm on a Thursday evening
After that, Kathleen Gibson came in and we talked about how she just raised a half million dollars to fund her startup, AdjunctProfessorLink.com. I met her when I (imagine this) mentored at a tech startup incubator in Valparaiso. After the show, I emailed Ken Rutkowski with “Business Rockstars” in Los Angeles to see if he’ll put Kathleen on his national show. We’ll see.
Al Hamnik, the sportswriter from the Times, talked about EC Central hiring local legend Pete Trgovich, also of UCLA fame, instead of staying with Abe Brown. It’s a big controversy in the land of steel and corruption, and Al saying “Abe would be my choice” didn’t silence any of the critics of the decision.
For lunch I met Wes Lukoshus of Purdue Calumet to talk about the 30th anniversary of his show, aptly named Purdue Calumet Sports Insights. That's right. Wes has been doing it for 30 years, and it may be the longest running same show in the same timeslot in all of America. Come to think of it... Wes even broadcasted during the bankruptcy days of WJOB before Alexis and I came along. Those were some pretty dark days in terms of local radio. Just goes to show you the resilience of the quiet man from Hessville.
We ate at the Hotel and Restaurant Management department restaurant on campus. That was kinda cool, except they ran out of the chicken and I had to eat a grilled cheese with, yuk, split pea soup with ham in it. I don't like split pea soup... and I don't eat red meat. So there. But other than that I ran into a bunch of people who listen to the show and that's always kinda cool. One of them was a Hispanic woman who went to high school with Alexis and works in the Chemistry department. I wish I could remember names but really it's only faces.
I later hung around the station to give a tour to a guy I'm trying to sell a studio sponsorship to. That's what I should be doing with about half of my time - selling - but instead I devote about two percent of my time to that endeavor and that's why we're almost scooting along the bottom of the parabola. That's all right, though. Radio - good local radio - is beautiful in its own way and if you love it enough to write an ongoing blog about the death of it... then you no doubt like getting up real early in the morning to talk for four hours.
Except this. I'm not doing the show tomorrow morning. Verlie Suggs is taking my place just because I want a day off. I'm tired and I need to do about six big projects that don't have anything to do with being on the air - including to finish two big sales proposals. A lotta people like Verlie better than me anyways. I know that Phil and Janet Venecz of Hammond do. They brought a bag of tomatoes to the studio for both of us, and Verlie only comes on once a week usually. That's saying something, you know.