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Everyone knows where they were. Easy for me. I was in the studio doing the "Kenn and Barbie" show. Just another fun morning. Until the news of a "plane" hitting the World Trade Center. First thought..."pilot must have been drunk". Then another report of another report. Next thought..."this isn't a coincidence, we're under attack." So many detail were sketchy as we were trying to piece together the story to tell on the air. We eventually dropped all programming and carried NBC News all day for three days.
When we went back on the air, we were all still in shock. Planes still weren't flying. People still didn't know where their loved ones were. We all knew we had to do something, just didn't know what. I played the Star Spangled Banner on the air. Every day. Weeks later, we all got together at the Marketplace for a concert with local musicians and just hung out together under a big flag, feeling, well...American. I've never felt anything like it since.
What was meant to tear us apart. Brought us together. Let's all take at least once step back to that spot today. God Bless America. And God Bless the first responders, our military and their families.
This weekend, one of my Southwest Baseball players brought me this cool bobblehead. He got it at Dodger Stadium. He brought it to me because he knew I loved the Cubs. But this means so much more to me. Back in 1976, Rick Monday, now one of the Dodgers broadcasters, was centerfielder for the Cubs. But on April 25th, at Dodger Stadium, he became one of my heroes. Two protestors had jumped onto the field and were about to set an American flag on fire. Before they could get it lit, Rick ran in, and snatched it from them, saving the flag. I saw it as it happened that day on WGN-TV. I was so impressed by that, I changed my uniform number to #7 in his honor. One of sports greatest moments. What a great thing for the Dodgers to commemorate. Thank you George and Jose for the bobblehead, it means more to me than you'll know. And Mr. Monday...thank you. I hope to be able to say it in person some day.
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On this Labor Day, I think back to my days B.R. - "Before Radio". I've had some doozies:
1. Cook at A&W. The owner lived across the street from me. Old fashioned A&W with carhops and everything. Dated a few of them. If you were rude to them, we would mess with your food.
2. Dental Assistant. My dad was a dentist. At the time I thought I wanted to be one too. So for one summer, I worked for him as his assistant. Can you imagine going to your dentist and sitting next to you getting you ready for X-Rays...was a 15 year old kid?
3. Bank Teller/Bookkeeper. First male bank teller in my home town. Despite that training, I still can't balance a checkbook. But working in the drive up window gave me great practice with a microphone.
4. Lifeguard. At a country club. If you want time to....STAND....STILL...sit on a lifeguard chair. An hour feels like an eternity. Had a great tan though.
5. Hardware Factory worker. The now defunct National Manufacturing Company made hinges, and door pulls, and every kind of do-hickey you probably see every day. I worked in the plating department. We made dull metal shiny. Average temperature in the factory was 118. Made me really want to go back to college at the end of summer.
6. Newspaper Sportswriter. Covered local high school sports for my hometown newspaper. Newspapers weren't dead then. They weren't even on life support like they are now.
7. Waiter. If you messed with any of the waitresses, we would mess with your food. It was just more expensive food than A & W.
8. TV Sportscaster. Small town. Small station. Small staff. Small sports. Only station I heard of that went bankrupt and closed. Got paid to watch Cubs highlights though.
All of those jobs made me really want to do RADIO. And I've been lucky to have been doing it since 1985.
Joined Twitter today. I know...3 years after Ashton Kutcher made it all the rage. I'm looking at it like my whiteboard. Random thoughts that usually only make me laugh. Still not sure how the whole "@" and "#" hashtag thing works. Follow me if you will... @kennonradio.
Here are the ones they came up with:
The Beatles album "Revolver" was originally called "Abracadabra".
The Led Zeppelin album "Presence" was originally called "Obelisk".
The Pink Floyd album "The Dark Side of the Moon" was originally called "Eclipse".
The Rolling Stones album "Exile on
The Who album "Tommy" was originally called "The Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy".
The Beastie Boys album "Licensed to
(For more information, hit up UltimateClassicRock.com and Diffuser.fm. There's also covers of the albums with the original titles . . . but it's unclear if they're legit, or if they're just mock-ups.)
Teachers are paid too much! I'm fed up with teachers and their hefty salaries for only 9 month's work. What we need here is a little perspective. If I had my way, I'd pay teachers BABY SITTING WAGES.
That's right. Instead of paying all these taxes, I'd give teachers $5 an hour. And, I'm only going to pay them for 5 hours, not planning time or lunch or recess. That would be $25 a day. Each parent should pay $25 a day for these teachers to babysit their children. Even if they have more than one child, it's still cheaper than private day care.
Now, how many children do they teach a day...maybe 20? That's $25 x 20 = $500 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay for vacations. $500 x 180 = $90,000.
(hold on...is this calculator broken?)
What will teachers with 10 years of experience and a masters degree? Let's pay them MINIMUM WAGE just to be fair. We can round that off to $9.00 an hour, times 5 hours, times 20 children: $9 x 5 x 20, that's $900 a day, times 180 days...we should pay them $162,000 a year.
See what I did there? Let's say THANK YOU to our teachers before they even start the year. We owe them SO MUCH MORE!
Can't wait for NFL! And no, I don't watch Pre-season...that's not REAL football. But time to practice my video lip-reading techniques!
One of my heroes, Baseball Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub" will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, along with Oprah Winfrey, President Clinton, basketball coach Dean Smith and others. Its the highest civilian honor that can be awarded.
The pic is from an event back in the early 90s when I had the pleasure of playing golf with Mr. Banks. One of my all time highlights. I think he was approaching 70 at the time...yet he played amazing. That's also my mom next to Ernie. Yep, she's tiny.