FM radio was now hot! And my chances for going to work for, well, you know, were growing slimmer. Nationwide (That's right-The Insurance Company..Good Lord!) Communications bought WBJW or as we were known, BJ105. Can't tell you how many jokes I heard about that just because I was BM on BJ. Get it? I'm over it. Really. When they came in, it was time to go.They knew as much about radio as I did about performing a hysterectomy! I was right too, they got out of radio. Thank God! You know what used to really fry me about Nationwide? At the top of the hour, they would always, by law, say the call letters and the city (and that's the only part mandated by the FCC), then announce, 'A Burt Ferble Station'. You know who 'Burt Ferble'
Out the night before until midnight, then up at four a.m. for the show.
As you've just read, this was not the brightest time in my life, except when I could meet beautiful people like these...
It's one reason I like country music. The stars always make themselves so availble to radio. (Left to right-Bill Taylor, Kenny Rogers, me)'Taylor and The Bear'
While at WWSO/WFOG, I was teamed with lovely and talented co-hosts. And, I must give credit where it's due. All too often in this business, we become so wrapped up in our daily 'radio lives' that we forget to say thank you. Rachel Lupton was an invaluable part of the 'Michaels In The Morning' show during the hurricane of 2003. Her tireless efforts behind the mike, both by my side and alone, proved to the listening audience in Hampton Roads, Virginia that there really are people who believe in the public's safety and necessity. A dear woman, whom I believe, has found true happiness in Florida radio. Jennifer Roberts, (pictured) blessed with sweetness, intelligence, and beauty was an absolute pleasure to be around each morning. She has a wonderful family and continues to shine each morning on the air. And, he certainly wasn't lovely, but he is one talented 'Okie'. 'Major Miller', my traffic guy, has an incredible pop culture memory, a twisted sense of humor, and we bonded immediately. Each one of these people made me try harder each morning to impress the audience.. and them. I could not have done it without you. Thank you all.