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Landecker2 A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a brief video of John Records Landecker talking about — what else? — radio.

Here is the second part of that video.

The part you didn’t know existed.

The part that you’ll probably remember for a long, long time.

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  • Mark Barron October 6, 2009, 12:42 am

    Thanks Dan and John for reminding how much fun radio was when there were little guys running community stations and letting people do fun radio that I think people liked…. we made a little money at times, but for the most part…. it was the satisfaction that I remember….

  • Earl Pilkington October 6, 2009, 1:29 am

    Ditto Mark – my first radio experience led me to create a small pirate radio station playing everything off cassette and broadcasting for less than a mile to my friends – and eventually seek out a career in radio. John hit it on the head with “insist on pursuing a career in radio”, something I’m still trying to do to this day, and will continue to do.
    Thanks Dan for reminding me of the good old days.

  • Dan Nims October 6, 2009, 8:01 am

    We should all be so lucky to work with the sense of passion that John has. Will it prevent someone from ever raining on your parade? Nope. But it will sustain you until the sun comes out again.

    Best wishes to you John, and thank you, Dan, for sharing the interview.

  • Mike Bell October 6, 2009, 8:32 am

    I recently went back into radio full time after spending about 5 years back in TV production. When I told my TV boss I was doing this, he shook his head and literally called me nuts! But the bottom line is, I LOVE doing radio. I mean, right now I’m sitting on my couch doing prep for my show this afternoon. What a great job!

    My radio journey took me to Seattle and LA. It was great! It is still great. I’m back in the market I started out in and I’m having a blast.

    I made good money in the bigger markets. But I can live on what I make now and even put a little away. It’s not a lot. But then, I have all the material crap I could ever want. And more importantly I’m having fun doing something I love.

    I was a PD at one point in my radio life. I had one guy on my staff that whined about everything. One very hot summer day, I walked into our air conditioned studio and invited him to lunch. We took the station van and on the way to the restaurant I stopped at new subdivision being built. The roofers were up hammering away in the 100+ degree heat. I didn’t say anything to him. We just watched these guys hammering away.

    After a couple of minutes my DJ turned to me and said, “Alright, I get your point. But those guys still make three times what I make.”

    At that point, one of the roofers came over to the van and asked if we had any stickers. It turned out this guy was a big fan of my DJ. Shaking his hand, he told him, “Man, you’ve got the greatest job in the world! I’d give anything to get off that roof right now.”

    Now I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have thought that way if he knew what we were paying talent back then, but his perception was that we had it made. And sure enough, my guy’s attitude turned around that day and he DID go on to bigger markets and make some coin.

    But as we had lunch that day he told me, “You know, we really do have a great job, don’t we?”

    I know that in this economy there’s the chance I could walk into work today and be let go. Just like any day over the past 30 years. Since when did radio = security? Jeez! My paycheck from my first gig in Seattle bounced!

    That’s the bargain I made to do what I love. And I still LOVE it! And I intend to keep doing it as long as someone will let me.

    I’m sure someone will say, “Yeah Mike that’s all well and good, but I got bills, I gotta wife and kids.” Well ya gotta do what ya gotta do. But I still contend there’s work out there for those with real passion. And if you work hard on your craft, if you’re dedicated to always trying to do better, you can still do what you love.

    Maybe I’m naive. I can’t worry about that right now. I got a show to do.

  • Chris Reiser October 6, 2009, 8:34 am

    Dan…this is a GREAT video. I feel exactly like John does.

  • Deano Kesby October 6, 2009, 8:34 am

    Great video, thanx for sharing Dan.

  • Chris Kennedy October 6, 2009, 8:35 am

    Longtime fan of John Landecker. Radio is clearly in his blood…glad he still has the passion and shares it with his fans.

  • Terry DiMonte October 6, 2009, 8:36 am

    Good Gawd…it was SO great to see one of the GIANTS talk about the biz so candidly..thanks so much guys

  • Tom Fricke October 6, 2009, 9:22 am

    Grew up listening to Landecker… an inspiration for me getting in the biz. Great to hear he still has that original passion! And now I’m still doing radio… in a non-rated market… doing whatever it takes; mornings, programming, production, promotions, psa’s … and High School football play-by-play. Still loving radio!!

  • Steve Gregory October 6, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Worked with John from 81 to 83 in Toronto. Still sounding fine my friend. You were always too smart for the room. Great to hear you again.

  • Martin Ertz October 6, 2009, 3:06 pm

    ohn landecker, tom kent, big ron o’brien, mike the killer kelly,
    everyone on keener 13, the big 8, wxyz, wjbk…just a few of my influences and its great to here from the “records” man himself

  • Pete Brandtman October 6, 2009, 5:49 pm

    Being from Australia I’ve never heard of this guy , but really if you love what you do , and the money’s crap , you’ll get by

  • John Pellegrini October 7, 2009, 7:33 am

    Simply amazing and absolutely right. I needed this – thanks for posting!

  • Bryan Cox October 7, 2009, 1:40 pm

    Thanks Dan…One of the true GREATS

  • Joe Marshall October 11, 2009, 8:37 am


  • Doc Halen October 18, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Thanks Dan! Over my 35 year career I have had the pleasure of hearing Landecker airchecks a ton of times and they have always picked me up when I needed a boost of inspiration.

  • Roger Leeper October 19, 2009, 9:39 am

    Brilliant! Thanks to John and Dan for sharing, and inspiring!

  • Bryan Bradford February 11, 2010, 1:16 am

    John – YOU are my HERO!!! You are the reason why I got into radio…I am currently “on the beach” BUT your input/insight has REALLY inspired me to “bite the bullet” and do waht it takes to bee back in it

    Thank you John

    and thank you Dan for your post