KUZZ/Bakersfield, I heard "you're good, but you're no Johnny Kaye" at almost every appearance I made.
I made a lot of appearances, so I heard it a lot and I have to admit that the competitive side of me got a bit jealous each time.
Being OM/PD as well and extremely curious to hear Johnny, I organized a "KUZZ Reunion Weekend" and contacted as many of the former air personalities to come back and do a few hours on air over a weekend to kick off a major station promotion. (It is impressive how many long-timers from way back then remain with KUZZ today!)
He did his shift for us and - I had to admit - he was simply great. Listeners were right. Johnny Kaye, a complete professional, knocked my socks off!
Hard-earned lesson: learn from history.
Don't let your ego deny the previous people and events their share of the credit for what built the radio station where you work, helping to construct the platform you make use of now.
Attain higher heights by standing on the shoulders who folks who preceded you.
You can't get very high by stepping on other people.
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