I grew up an only child in the 1950s on the beach in Santa Monica and experienced the explosion of rock 'n roll music and with it Top 40 radio. The men and women, who played the music, told the stories about the artists and became my imaginary brothers and sisters. My dream to be on the radio was crystallized while listening to my transistor radio.
A blessed career of being a disc jockey, program director, national program director for legendary Gordon McLendon, and eventual general manager of WDRQ and W4 in Detroit and then launching KIQQ (K-100) in Los Angeles made dreams come true.
After 25 years in motion picture marketing for Columbia, Universal and MGM/UA, I returned to my first love of radio and I began to chronicle the industry, writing three books on Los Angeles Radio People and publishing a radio-themed website, www.LARadio.com.
In 2013 I was appointed the radio columnist for the Orange County Register. I continue to chronicle Los Angeles Radio People and listen to the ever-changing radio landscape from a unique perch and perspective.
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Adventures in Airtime: Personal Stories of USA Radio People Volume 1
by Don Barrett
Don Barrett has covered the radio broadcasting business for nearly 20 years. His engaging series of eBooks entitled Adventures in Airtime: Personal Stories of USA Radio People showcases compelling, personal stories of radio people who have reinvented themselves and succeeded against all odds.This is volume one entitled "Secrets of Selling".
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