This Is Your Life (and Mine) in Six Minutes and Eight Seconds


(WKRP intro)
Almost every episode of WKRP in Cincinnati I ever watched had something
that resonated with me and my radio experience – the rivalries, the
sales department that always wanted to “change the format” just to sell
some time, no respect from management for the air staff and vice versa,
saying things with the mike open, hitting on the girls in the office and
vice versa, having the runs during your air shift (I think TV skipped
that) etc. WKRP was about all the fun of being in radio and on the
radio. Mr. Carlson’s mother WAS Jessica Longston!

And my self-doubts – am I ever gonna “make it” or even make a buck that
I can put away for a rainy day? Will I ever work at a station my
friends have listened to or even heard of? Does my wife hate me or just
my job?

WOLD covers all that kind of stuff for me.
(Harry Chapin-WOLD-1974)

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Dick Ellingson

Author: Dick Ellingson

Masked man and dogs aging gratefully in a little country town. Parcel post crusher; blood'n'guts laundry serf; parking lot fender bender/bumper jumper; KC135 line flunkie with 7-word job title; P-I down crew; bobtail trucker; Sunbeam breader; retail store mangler; bothersome boiler roomie; fake real estate agent; d.j./copywriter/p.d./ripper/reader - 600 KGEZ Good Advertising, Kalispell; Community Radio 1510 KURB, Mountlake Terrace; 1540 News and Music & 92.5 Solid Gold Rock and Roll KFKF, Bellevue; 1150 Kountry KAYO #1 Gun for Radio Fun, Seattle; 1300 KoMPaSs Radio 13 Modern Country, Seattle; 1360 KLFF Good Music and Great Memories, Glendale/Phoenix; 106.3 Concert 106 KONC Sun City; 1580 KCWW Real Country Network, Tempe/Phoenix. Volunteer P-I/Times news reader for Evergreen Radio Reading Service at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, Seattle; dotcomboom day trader; King County Metro Bus Driver; Seattle Streetcar Operator. And in 2017, after living out a little boy's dreams, retired at age 78.

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