Saturday, May 25, 2013
My brief stint on KRTH 101
Some things to keep in mind:
I ran my own control board (for the first time since 1983). Imagine coming in off the street and piloting the Starship Enterprise.
All the elements were on computer and I had never worked with a computer before. One wrong click and I'm playing a newscast from four months ago.
The music was all pre-programmed. We had to follow the song order precisely. I accidentally deleted five songs. I don't know if "Wedding Bell Blues" has ever played on that station again.
I also screwed up and played the same commercial three times in one spot break. I just kept hitting the wrong key. And it was for some hard sell local car dealer too. I probably lost 90% of my audience.
The bathroom was outside in the hall but you needed a key to get back in. No one ever gave me a key so I was on the air from 7-midnight and couldn't use the bathroom. By 10:00 I was not just hopping to the music.
Still, it was great fun being on a major heritage Los Angeles radio station, even for one weekend.