Chris Russo is about to start his new radio show on Sirius and its been bringing up lots of memories of my former career, and especially of Russo on Saturday morning:
There was the famous “Back to back beer spots” story…where I was serving as the engineer and I played a Miller Beer spot and then a Budweiser spot right after it. (“Spot” is radio lingo for commercial for the unititiated). I had also been moonlighting for WOR Radio at the time and asked permission to work there before I did so and it didn’t seem like a big deal to the powers that be. I thought otherwise after this moment. Russo comes right out of the jingle and yells “Back to back beer spots! Boy oh boy, WOR is doing a helluva job with Mike Hayes. No wonder they’re losing money with the Giants. If ya don’t know what the heck I’m talking about our intern engineer Mike Hayes played back to back beer commericals which he’s not supposed to do. If I’m Chrysler and I buy time on WFAN I don’t want you running a TAY-ota spot right after it. (giggles) Vinny from Queens….”
Funny…he was probably getting revenge for the tommohawk chop call. But it was then that I started to know that there were some bad feelings with me working for WOR at WFAN and I started to wind it down there. I liked working there but the pay was very low and the chances for promotion were slim. WOR offered me more hours and a higher rate and I got a full time job out of it after a year or so. I also was able to cover sports for Bob Papa–now the voice of the NY Giants.
In hindsight, I should’ve left both places much faster than I eventually did. I was holding on to something that just didn’t fit. I didn’t really have the passion for sports or even for radio–even though I like the podcast we do now and the video stuff I’ve done on the road as well and even filling in for Fr Dave on Sirius from time to time.
As we always say…It all comes out in the wash, doesn’t it?