It was 43 years ago today that I walked into the K-W-B-B radio studios at 27th and Salina in north Wichita to begin my broadcasting career. The building is long gone. The man who hired me – Chuck Schechner – is still working in radio, in Dallas.
I have no clue why Chuck hired me. I had some training but no experience. Chuck needed to fill a mid-morning news slot in a hurry; the guy I replaced was going in to the Navy. Chuck must have perceived something in me that made him take a chance.
Five months later I was out of a job. But I had a little experience and plenty of ambition, and quickly began a ten-year stint with K-E-Y-N Radio.
I don’t care much for the “business” of broadcasting, the day-to-day operation. I’m still here for the same reason I started 43 years ago; I love to be on the radio. I’ve been asked to do a lot of management work, but I’ve always been allowed my personal and professional favorite thing … turning on the microphone.
Our thought for today is from Henry J. Kaiser:
“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”