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Those Old Enough to have been a Part--a Legend Passes.

 
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Jowillie
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:46 am    Post subject: Those Old Enough to have been a Part--a Legend Passes. Reply with quote

You may argue the "artistic differences," but this man changed Radio marketing forever. I was privileged (and restricted) to be a part of that change.

The "Boss" of Boss Radio Dies.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge careers were made off the 5-point break, aka The Drake Break: Call Letters (first), then, in any order, the time, your name, title and artist.
And it wasn't just KHJ - the entire RKO chain was into it.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have the 93 KHJ jingle stuck in my head. That was my station growing up. Drake's Boss Radio was the soundtrack of my puberty. Sorry to see him go.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was nothing else like the "Drake" sound. Bill Drake was an innovator. It's really sad to hear this news.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A true legend passes from the scene. Thanks for posting the link, Willie. Cry
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was interesting to see the link is to Ken Levine's blog. I worked with Ken in one of each of our earliest radio gigs at a station in San Diego. He used the air name "Beaver Cleaver" and had just about the funniest mouth in the business....one great one-liner after the other. You could certainly understand how he went on the be an extremely successful comedy writer for television.

Ah, it's a small world..... but I'd hate to paint it.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up listening to Boston's 68 WRKO - a Drake format - in the late 60s and early 70s. It's what made me want to be in radio.

For those who may not have experienced the Drake format, here's a great article that explains why it was so important to radio then and should be now.

Why Bill Drake Still Matters
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to college with his nephew, Phil Yarbrough, in Valdosta. I was doing afternoons at a station there. He said, "My uncle is in radio but I doubt you've heard of him. Bill Drake?" Then I picked myself off the floor. That was in 1972. That's when I learned Bill Drake's real name.

I am so grateful that I got in radio at the right time, and out of radio at the right time.
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