Friday, February 23, 2007

"Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear." Shakespeare

"One age cannot be completely understood if all the others are not understood. The song of history can only be sung as a whole." Jose Ortega y Gasset

As announced today via Robert Feder, Joel Denver and others, the legendary Paul Gallis will stage the biggest reunion of Chicago music industry professionals ever held. All folks from records, radio and other music related enterprises (e.g., concert promotion, retail, rack jobbers, et al) are invited to attend. Joining Paul in this project are his equally celebrated friends Clark Weber and Jim Scully. Save the date: Tuesday, May 8. Details and rsvp info here. See you there!

Claude Hall's last hurrah: Which reminds me, the great Paulie Gallis deserved and won the "Independent Promotion Executive of the Year" award at Claude's last Billboard International Radio Programming Forum. New Orleans, 1976. That storied meet was the model that later inspired the first NAB RPC (Radio Programming Conference).

Sherman, to the wayback machine: Courtesy of Bill Gavin. Gavin's "Men of the Year" Awards were the radio "Oscars" of their day. Since Paulie Gallis is bringing up names I have not heard in decades, let's make mention of some award winning Chicago pros from the past. Here are the Chicago pros and their top national honors in the prestigious Gavin awards...

  • Dick Biondi, WLS, Disc Jockey, Top 40, 1961, 1962
  • Ralph Beaudine, WLS, Radio Man of the Year (five-way tie), 1962
  • Chris Lane, WJJD, Radio Man of the Year, 1965
  • George Dubinetz, WJJD, General Manager, C&W, 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Chris Lane, WJJD, Program Director, C&W, 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Chris Lane, WJJD, Music Director, C&W, 1965, 1966
  • John Trotter, WJJD, Disc Jockey, C&W, 1965, 1967
  • E. Rodney Jones, WVON, Disc Jockey, R&B, 1965, 1967, 1968
  • Gene Taylor, WLS, General Manager, Top 40, 1966
  • Lucky Cordell, WVON, Program Director, R&B, 1966, 1967, 1970
  • WLS, Radio Station of the Year, 1968
  • Lucky Cordell, WVON, Station Manager, R&B, 1968, 1969
  • John Rook, WLS, Program Director, Top 40, 1969
  • Art Roberts, WLS, Music Director, Top 40, 1969
  • Paul Christy, WCFL, Music Director, Top 40, 1970
  • E. Rodney Jones, WVON, Music Director, R&B, 1970
  • Wally Phillips, WGN, Disc Jockey, Rockless, 1970
  • Jerry Cobb, WVON, Disc Jockey, R&B, 1970
  • Larry Lujack, WLS, Disc Jockey, Top 40, 1971
  • WVON, Distinguished Service Award, 1972
The 1962 Radio Man of the Year tie included Gordon McLendon (prexy McLendon stations), Jack Thayer (GM of WHK), Sam Holman (PD of WABC) and Harvey Glascock (GM of WIP). Amazing. Love that category Wally took - "Rockless" - WGN would have been "Full-service MOR" in those days.

Congrats & cheers: Ian Rogers named GM of Yahoo! Music. Michael Harrison has published his Heavy Hundred 2007. Billed as "the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America" the annual list is always a subject of discussion. This year's top ten...
  1. Rush Limbaugh
  2. Sean Hannity
  3. Michael Savage
  4. Dr. Laura
  5. Ed Schultz
  6. Opie & Anthony
  7. Laura Ingraham
  8. Mike Gallagher
  9. Neal Boortz
  10. Glenn Beck
Mancow ranked #11, Howard Stern #12. The Heavy Hundred plus another 150 noted talkers, the complete Talkers' 250 here.