I intended this to be a “feel good” blog posting, sharing a video clip of one of the greatest radio personalities ever.
As I began writing, however, I realized I was angry.
Part of me is urging, “Hide the anger. Just share the video, say something sentimental, and let it be a ‘feel good’ blog posting.”
Another part of me says what I censored from my own blog post title:
“The Radio Hall of Fame can kiss my ass.”
A few days ago I was privileged to host a live Q&A teleseminar with Gary Burbank, who spent 35 years doing more things brilliantly than any radio personality I’ve ever heard.
I don’t think the geniuses at the Radio Hall of Fame will fix their inane voting system (bizarre categories — one year Gary was nominated as a “radio pioneer” — combined with expecting retired jocks to compete for votes with jocks who still are on-air and have the promotional support of their stations) during Gary’s lifetime.
Many years from now he’ll be inducted posthumously.
And his legion of surviving fans and radio colleagues will bitterly ask, “Where were you when he was still alive?”
Here are the final moments of a monumental radio career.