The news that we lost Mom and Dad in the same week was not lost on me.
How much great advice was dispensed over the years by these two parental icons from the glow of our TVs in the den?
June Cleaver and Howard Cunningham were surrogate parents to many of us. That parental leadership is something that we hopefully enjoyed during our adolescence, but is often lacking in our adult lives.
That’s why I fondly remember some – but not all – of the ma and pa owners of radio stations during the years when I first got into the business. They weren’t all geniuses or even great broadcasters, but they were individual entrepreneurs with a philosophy and great stories to match. Tom Taylor has been looking at some of the more humorous (or shocking) tales that often revolved around these bootstrap owners in his “No Names, Please” feature.
Many of these broadcasters raised their own families in hometown communities. When the FCC limited ownership to just 7 AM and FM outlets, it was much easier to serve local markets and be involved in their growth and development.
Today, leadership on the corporate level is more fleeting. It is there. And there are still local folks like Bud Walters, Jerry Lee, Ed Levine, and the Bordes family to name just a few who are heavily engaged in their properties, and still have that paternal sense of responsibility and commitment to staffs and local markets.
June and Howard would be proud.