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(TALENT) Jus’ Wanna Celebrate


I’m not the smartest guy in radio. Although that is exactly what I tell everyone who passes by on the sidewalk – even as I attempt to sell them the pencils from my cup. I am, however, the most surprised guy in radio. I am surprised at the fantastic resistance by radio’s owners, management, and practitioners to the concept of "learning new stuff."

Still, I am going to set aside all that for a bit of a celebration. It has been my privilege to be given a platform for these past 50 articles within the online portion of Radio Ink. For that, I offer my thanks to the publisher, Eric Rhoads, as it was he who, when originally offered an unsolicited piece of material, paused to consider it rather than offering the perfunctory “Thanks for comin’ out, and leave your name with the girl at the front desk.”

Thanks to editor and resident “slice & dice man,” Ed Ryan, who has managed to cobble some of my more blithering inanities into cogent, readable thoughts. My excuse has always been – and remains – that, as a stream-of-consciousness radio jock, I am somehow entitled to a free pass. Further appreciation is offered to Adrian Zupp who has also been doing some M.A.S.H.-like editing/de-coding on my presented materials.

I’m also wanting to acknowledge the support from a friend to radio, Ken Dardis. It was Ken who was one of the first to recognize my positions on radio as those that might have some credence – even as he opined that the presentations of them would be filtered through blurry eyes and fall on deaf ears. Ken has been engaging the radio biz for many moons and offering alternative behaviors to the industry for an equally long time. Still, it has been his decision to walk away and retire from the enterprise – out of an understandable frustration. It would be to the benefit of radio, however, were he to be only taking a hiatus.

I am also grateful to those who have taken a few moments to add commentary to the blogs – anonymous flamings being the exceptions. Indeed, to those folks, I extend a very Canadian “Thank you, kindly.”

And while “gratitude” is considered a healthy state out of which to operate, I shall be returning immediately to one similar to that of Polk Salad Annie – mean and spiteful…. with a splash of cynical satire as a dressing.

Ronald T. Robinson has been involved in Canadian Radio since the '60s as a performer, writer and coach and has trained and certified as a personal counsellor. Ron makes the assertion that the most important communicative aspects of broadcasting, as they relate to Talent and Creative, have yet to be addressed. Check out his website

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