#tbt to 2006 and an article about plastic surgery by Sara Smith for The Lantern, OSU’s student paper. I was interviewed for it while still a student. (No explanation needed — it speaks for itself). Still not sure of the sources that led her to reach out to me, but nonetheless, it’s one of the rare moments I’ve agreed to speak to “the press”. http://thelantern.com/2006/02/plastic-surgery-an-american-societal-staple
#tbt to the January 10th, 1997 issue of Radio & Records Magazine. It was the only time I ever got a mention in “the trades” (as they call these magazines in the radio business). We had just shut down the first station I ever worked for — 98.9 “Wild Country” — and flipped our sister station, 105.7, from classic rock to country. As a result, I was offered my first full-time job: the night show on “Kicks Country 105-7”. (They had me use the name “Stringbean Bradshaw” on the air — a nod to the skinny Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry performer who was murdered back in the ’70s. For reasons I was never told, they referred to me as “Mike Bradshaw” in the article, even though I never used the name on the air.)
As a country station, 105.7 was a disaster. The signal was awful, yet we still tried to go head-to-head with WCOL. We were told at the beginning not to expect much more than a 1.5 share (and not be disappointed by it). After six months or so of dismal ratings and the morning guy being moved to overnights, I sensed bad things afoot and asked to go back to part-time. Shortly thereafter, the full-time staff was let go and I moved over to K95. That lasted for a month or two until I’d had enough of corporate radio and left to explore Los Angeles for a while. More on that later.