In this series of interviews from Friends of Georgia Radio, we'll profile the men and women who have served listeners across the state and made a name for themselves through leadership and innovation.
FoGRPod # 22-Former Cox Radio EVP Bob Neil
For 25 years, Bob Neil ran Cox Radio and Cox Media Group, successfully leading one of the prestige media companies in the country while increasing its size from 13 to 83 stations. Now retired, but still consulting, Bob re-caps his career, tells some great behind the scenes stories, and looks to the future of the medium we all love.
FoGRPod # 21-The WVLD Story-With Ron O'Quinn/Kevin O'Connell/Bob Raleigh
Beginning in 1960 when the Al Evans family bought WVLD in Valdosta, the little AM with a limited signal in a market of around 30,000, sounded like it belonged in a much bigger market. And the talent it attracted proved it! Ron O'Quinn, Wayne "Kevin O'Connell" Buttram, and Bob Raleigh-- who were there is different decades-- reminisce about "the little station that could"!
FoGRPod # 20-Smaller Market Radio with KJ Allen-Jeff Batten-Bill Maine
Smaller market radio can be rewarding, and challenging-- especially if your stations are in the coverage area of multiple, bigger markets. Yet, Jeff Batten's Batten Communications, KJ Allen's OconeeComm, and Bill Maine's WDUN/WGGA Jacobs Media owned cluster in Gainesville, have somehow decoded a lot of the secrets to being successful AND making money. All three have a great perspective on how to thrive.
FoGRPod # 19- The Story of 94Q's Jazz Flavours (With Don Benson, Fleetwood Gruver, and Russ Davis)
In the late 1970s, there were only a small handful of commercial stations featuring jazz programming. But WQXI-FM ("94Q")-- a extremely successful Atlanta pop rock station--- added a 5-hour jazz show Sunday nights 7 to midnight, and generated double digit shares- Sometimes 20+ shares Adults 25-54! Here's the inside story from Don Benson, the PD who put it on, and from Fleetwood Gruver and Russ Davis, the first two hosts, who both went on to CD-101 in New York, one of the biggest jazz stations in the country. It's all here, in FoGRPod #19 from Friends of Georgia Radio. Dennis Winslow hosts.
FoGRPod #18-Radio Talent Institute
We gathered three incredibly bright Georgia college students who finished two weeks of intensive workshops and radio training at the GAB’s Radio Talent Institute at Grady College at UGA. We’ll find out what they learned, whom they met (A Who’s Who of Georgia and national radio leaders), and what they will do with all their new knowledge. Dennis Winslow talks with GAB President Bob Houghton, Brenau and UGA's Massimo Bellew, Piedmont University and now Habersham Broadcasting's Madison Gott, and Ft. Valley State's Justin Harris.
FoGRPod # 17-V103's Mike Roberts & Carol Blackmon
Mike Roberts and Carol Blackmon anchored mornings at heritage Urban powerhouse WVEE from the late 80s thru the late 90s – dominating morning ratings and winning accolades and awards. (Mike’s a Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and a GAB Hall of Fame inductee, and Carol was inducted into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame, and recently honored by the Library of Congress as she joined the Black Women in Radio Class of 2023.)
Back together again in the latest FoGRPod Podcast, Carol reveals how she almost came to blows with one of the biggest names in music during a live interview on V103. And Mike reveals that he had a case of nerves every time he was interviewing legends like Smokey Robinson, Nancy Wilson, and all the other celebrities who came through the door at V103.
For those of us who lived and loved the business this podcast hits the spot.