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I joined the many attendees of the Radio and Records (R&R) Talk Radio Seminar which was held in Marina del Rey, CA. It was wonderful to renew old acquaintances from my network radio days and make some new friends at the three day conference.?

img_0215The opening night “Talktail” party was filled with many on-air radio personalities and those who are now on the loose looking for work. The reception was hosted by Talk Radio Network, who’s lineup includes Michael Savage, Rusty Humphries, Tammy Bruce, ?Phil Hendrie and more. I was reunited with long-time friends K-JAZZ morning man Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and Wendy Jayne who arrived with Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel. Is there a radio show in the works with Suzanne? I guess time will tell.

Harvey & Julie

The evening turned into a wonderful intimate dinner of 10, hosted by long time friend RonHartenbaum from WYD Media,along with radio show hosts, Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann. The evening ended with a champagne toast with CBS’s Harvey Nagler who I worked with many years ago at RKO Radio Networks and we talked about the good old days of radio.

Day two of the Talk Radio Seminar included a discussion on talent with panelists, Robin Bertolucci of KFI/Los Angeles, Cory Calhoun of Second City, Corny Koehl or Harpo Productions, TV/Radio host John Salley, and Jack Silver formerly with KLSX until the format change and now with Morning shows Inc.

img_0212A very passionate and timely lunch presentation was made by Bob Rosner, co-author of the nationally syndicated column “workplace 911” and author of the best-selling book, The Boss’s Survival Guide.?Bob was the one who informally changed the name of the conference from Radio and Records to the current theme of Radio and Recession. In the many panels during the week, the subject came up of the fear many had in making a programming decision that might result in one losing their job.?

img_0219I have to say my favorite panel was later in the afternoon with the heated discussion about the Fairness Doctrine Debate which felt like the battle of the progressives against conservatives for on air talent and airtime. The evening ended with a cocktail reception hosted by Air America with the announcement of the new radio show, “Montel Across America” hosted by Montel Williams.

The conference ended with the News/Talk/Sports Industry Achievement Awards hosted by Bill Handel from KFI and featured Larry King as the recipient of the 2009 R&R News/Talk/Sports Career Achievement img_0241Award. King, who started in radio as Larry Zeiger in Miami, reminisced with the crowd about how he was forced to change his name to Larry King by his program director before he went on the air for the first time. ?”Larry King Live” is still heard on the radio with a simulcast on the Westwood One Radio Network.

For those in attendance, even though it was a smaller crowd, it was a group of devoted radio career enthusiasts and we spent many hours reminiscing about the good old days and toasting to the radio legend, Paul Harvey, who passed away recently at the age of 90.

Congratulations to Cyndee Maxwell and Mike Stern along with the hard working staff of R&R Magazine. The conference will be in Washington, DC next year.

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