... what they do.
I am, indeed, pretty pumped to read about Mike Killabrew, my old boss, or, for non-radio types, Program Director, at 98ROCK in Tampa.
For the brief time in the history of that station which I was there, replacing a monkey, resetting the palate after the reign of a Sponge, and a few other folk who had attempted to do the same thing... he was the guy I talked with daily about what was right, and what was wrong, that I was doing in a format which required me to re-learn how to ride a bike.
Let me tell you... it wasn't easy.
All the typical 'things' I knew to be true about radio had a decidedly different twist. I'd say it's like adding a double shot of whatever to whatever else you would usually drink with a shot. It required a bit of un-learning, learning, listening, and realizing you don't know everything... although, I will say that a great many 'ideas' and 'theories' did indeed hold true about radio and what fans want from a station...
Things in this game do what they do and they did what they did in the WXTB project... but the best thing about this game is this:
There are those in positions of power and leadership who understand the meaning of the words "loyalty" and "dedication" and "hard work" and who just generally get it.
Mike Killabrew gets it. And he's got a chance now to show this to so many once again.
And it's in no short order because some other people get it... and understand the meaning of some words others take for granted...
Brad Hardin. On that subject... enough said.
I don't know about you, but I love a comeback story. I love the story of people who do when others think they can't.
To paraphrase Jay-Z, I love it when someone, "comes back like Jordan, wearing the 45..." when it's "not to play games with you..." but to "maim" you...
Mike... go blow your competitors to smithereens. You've taken one for the team.
Now, it's time to say "I came, I saw, I conquered..."
I can't wait to see you get it done.