A former colleague and his business partner have started a terrific website aimed at the broadcasting set.
The brainchild of Bob Magee and Richard Maxwell, Radioviz.com (no www) features videos of movers and shakers in radio who have valuable stories to tell about all aspects of the business. On air, promotions, voice-over work – my pal Erin Davis shares what it was like for her to get fired. It’s raw and real and practical.
A real standout is a bit of reminiscing by Warren Cosford. I don’t have to explain to anyone in radio – at least I shouldn’t – that Warren is a legend. Warren nurtured talent in an era when too many radio managers treated us newbies like parasites. I can still recall one PD who later briefly became a colleague, who was extremely rude to me on the phone for “wasting his time” when I called to find out if he had received my tape and saw any future for me with his station. (I refuse to confirm that his name rhymes with Fat Pardon-all)
But there was Warren, at CHUM Toronto of all places, taking my call, giving me tips on my demo and just being a decent guy, and doing the same for dozens and dozens of others. Being in the CHUM talent bank eventually led me to an audition for the morning show which was beyond exciting. When you watch the video you’ll see that Warren eventually got to learn what it meant to those of us he took the time to help. Radioviz.com is quickly becomeing a valuable go-to source for broadcasters. Tip: Go to the “about us” page…and wait a little while.