Little Fire a’burnin’

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does the goosebumps are louder than the applause. In theater, when the fire ball bounces around from actor to actor, it is a breathlessly thrilling experience.  Actors work for hours, trying to get that feeling again, but it only comes, seldom and surprisingly.  I had such an experience when working on-air at KDWN radio in Vegas.  Al Williams was a genius, who decided to build a 50KW station in Las Vegas in the mid seventies. It was a powerhouse that covered the entire west coast from Mexico to Canada.  I began working with Ken Stahl in the morning slot, doing talk.  Mr. Williams had the bright idea to form a team who would bring the off-the-wall look at news so he took Ken, Tru Hawkins and me to breakfast with the proposal. Thus was born “The SNewsBusters”.  We had a ball and there were moments when that ball of fire flew around the studio. The show ran from 6AM to 9AM and we had a ball.  It also became the favorite of those riding to work. Wikipedia has a totally different take on our program, but Tru and I know the truth. We have no idea as to the whereabouts of Ken, but when we were “on” we were “hot”.  I just had a phone call from Tru who is back in Vegas, doing voice-overs and narrations.  Tru Hawkins is a jewel and totally ‘off-the-wall’ fun.  It is good to make contact with good friends, donchaknow. When a broadcaster has the blessed thrill of doing something well, benefiting others, it is just about as good as lemon icebox pie.  That’s what I get from my Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

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