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When I was a teenager I played in a rock band and dreamed of becoming a rock star. While my road led to teaching in a public high school, my best friend stayed with music and had a successful career as a dj, music director and record promoter. I was only an observer in his world, but we were in our twenties I spent many joyful hours discussing, radio and listening to music with Jim. I saw this book on Amazon and thought it might bring back memories of my radio days, such as they were, and it did...more
I'm a big fan of all kinds of music, but my first love was the music of the 50's and 60's that I initially heard playing on "top 40" stations on radios that seemed to be everywhere in my young life. I've collected tons of music over the years and read aticles, watched movies, and read books about all aspects of the music. So when I saw the blurb for ""Dead Air" it looked like a natural for me and I picked it up expecting to learn in some detail about the radio business and radio performers and t...more
This book is written by a true American icon of the Broadcast industry. Bill Young was the driving, innovative force in the Top 40 format in the 60's to the 80's. He was there when Rock n Roll radio was happening. Every young DJ & program director wanted to work for him or BE him. He was named the Program Director of the Year for Billboard Magazine. I got to spend a few hours with him at his home recently. It was like sitting at the knee of the master. This man is a fountain of knowledge abo...more