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Today in JC History – April 23

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Twenty-eight years ago (1987), I’m due to go on the air for the first time on “93.7 KSD” in less than three weeks, and the management thinks it’ll be a good idea to introduce me to their advertisers, so I fly into San Jose where I’m met by a limo that takes me to the historic …

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Today in JC History – April 21

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Thirty-four years ago (1981), one of the strangest chapters of my career took place when I went after a weekend TV weatherman job at the NBC affiliate in Omaha. Prompted by my pal, Dr. Dave Eiser , arguably the most-popular media personality in the region at that time, I nailed the audition, was told I had …

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Today in JC History – April 22

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Thirty-eight years ago (1977), my time has run out on Chicago’s WLUP (“The Loop 98”) and I’ve absolutely had it with the state of album-based radio. I conclude it’s time to start over, this time in Top40 radio, so I find a small station in Parkersburg, West Virginia that will allow me to do an on-air …

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Today in JC History – April 20

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Forty-four years ago (1971), I’m a senior at St. Laurence High School in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, and Brother Ronald Lasik, (pic) a 6-foot-four, 250 pound Christian Brother overhears me after school in the school lobby making negative comments about our upcoming prom…of which HE is Chairman. He waves me over, pulls me aside …

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Today in JC History – April 17

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TODAY (and this weekend) in JC HISTORY: Thirty-one years ago (1984), stuck in Buffalo and out of work, I was certain I had that job in Rochester. After two great interviews, why did they stop returning my calls suddenly? My curiosity has the best of me, so I call WPXY repeatedly until the manager finally takes my call. Turns out …

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Today in JC History – April 16

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Thirty years ago (1985), “Newlywed Game” host Bob Eubanks visits the KSHE “Morning Zoo.” He takes calls live on the air, and almost everyone wants to know why the grand prizes are always so crappy. He insists it’s because the producers of the show want the couples to enjoy playing the game, and don’t want them …

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Today in JC History – April 15

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TODAY in JC HISTORY: Thirty years ago (1985), through some sort of serious clerical error, my mortgage application has been approved and I’m about to be a homeowner for the first time. In a few months I’ll be moving a few miles west from the Timberlake Apartment complex at 270 & Big Bend to the Westbrook subdivision at Big Bend …

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Today In JC History – April 14

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TODAY in JC History: Thirty-seven years ago (1978), we don’t have fancy, clinical terms like “manic-depressive” or “bi-polar.” We just have “nuts.” And, on top of it, the Program Director I’ve just replaced at WXKE in Fort Wayne, but who the management wants to keep on as a jock, appears to be suicidal. Is he gonna blow his head off …

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Today In JC History – April 10

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Thirty-one years ago (1984), I’m out of work and stuck in Buffalo, but are things looking up?? Just one day after I hand-deliver a tape and resume to WPXY in Rochester, they call and ask me to return the next day! A few hours later, KSHE Program Director Rick Balis calls to talk about the tape I sent him a …

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Today in JC History – April 9

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TODAY in JC History: Thirty-one years ago (1984), without a job and stuck in Buffalo I figure, why not Canada, right? Wrong. I receive a rejection letter from CFOX in Toronto, making this tip I’ve gotten on a job in Rochester all the more important. Think I better drive there tomorrow and hand-deliver a presentation. Twenty-seven years ago (1988), Lassie’s …