- 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Monday,
August 5th, 1996:
- Munchs second two hour
show. I really like him. He liked my song. After the
show I went in and did 4 intros. 10 second dittys for
before commercials. Hope he likes them. I like doing
this. Wasnt able to write a Top 9 today though.
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday,
August 6th, 1996:
- Had to run the Reds for 30
minutes before Munch and messed it up a little. He
loved my intros. Cool. I like how things are
goin pretty good show for him.
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM,
Wednesday, August 7th, 1996:
- Another good show for Munch.
Had Michael Clark, the new boxing champ in town.
Extremely nice guy. Had him on for an hour. Made the
show fly by. Bill called me and said he wants me to do
traffic to help out Sgt. Bob next week. God I hate
that. Anything but traffic. Hell, Id rather not
- 12:37 PM, Thursday, August
- Bill called me this afternoon
and told me he was leaving the station to be the PD at
KDKA in Pittsburgh. Goddamn. I knew this would happen
sometime, I was just hoping to have another year with
him. To him I was better than the weekend overnight
guy, but to the next PD thats exactly what
Ill be. Then again, the next PD might shake
things up. I dont know. Im just extremely
sad. I owe just about everything to him, and Im
sure hes gonna be happy in Pittsburgh. Its
his home town, and actually the first commercial radio
station in the world. Rather Legendary. I can still
remember distinctly how he said he was leaving. "We
need to have a meeting because Im leaving.
Im going to Pittsburgh..." One second later it
hit me that it wasnt just a vacation. "Oh,
youre leaving, leaving..." "Yeah, its a
great opportunity for me, and I want to talk to you in
person before I go. Ill be here til the
30th..." He threw the words talented in there about
me, but I cant remember the conversation
verbatim. It was the middle of the night for me. Big
sigh. Anyway this could be huge and good or be
horrible. The good thing is is that Perry Fry is still
there and hes really big on me. No matter what
hes still there. Anyway Bill called and asked me
to do traffic tomorrow and Tuesday for Sgt. Bob 4-6.
No problem. I told him Id do it and I hate it,
but either way Im not saying no after all that.
So now I will work from about 3:30 PM on Friday, all
the way until 6:30 on Saturday Morning. 15 hours
straight is a heck of a day. $112.50 without taxes
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Thursday,
August 8th, 1996:
- A big day for Munch. He took
over the board for the second hour so he could get
used to it for tomorrow. He did fine. Hes run
the board for 17 years, just never for talk. Was kind
of down tonight. The news about Bill kind of whapped
me pretty good. Ah well... TRAFFIC
- 3:30 PM - 6:30 AM, Friday -
Saturday, August 9th - 10th, 1996:
- What a night. What a great
night. A huge day in the radio career of one Adam
Kontras. First of all, traffic. Ok... Actually some
girl from WOSU was there and we helped each other.
Made John and Jane laugh a bit which is always good.
It was over quickly. Then to WTVN a drove. Went to
edit down the early
songs of me when I was
4. Playing them as bumpers for the show with my dad.
Did the promo for Munch. Did the Top 9 List, and oh
yeah, episode 13 of the Boyles..."Laughing Lester".
Then the show...first three hours with my dad, and it
was fantastic. Hard issues. Clinton. He knew his
stuff, and it showed. No big problems solved but
finally a debate on issues with intelligence on both
sides. We have no smart liberals. Glenn actually is,
but goes a bit overboard and I think people have grown
tired of him. It was a great 3 hours. Play It By Ear
had the best Face-Off ever. And the rest of the show
rolled on wonderfully with callers galore. But wait.
Oh just wait...
- Im in the producers room
- Bob Conners:
- Adam Kontras:
- Bob Conners: "Whenever
youre messin around in the studio,
could you make me a bump for my show?"
- Adam Kontras: "Sure, what do
- Bob Conners: "30 seconds,
you know something to play out of the News, and an
- Adam Kontras: "No
- Bob Conners: "And if
theres any bill, just charge it to Bill
White, or maybe Dorothy..."
- Adam Kontras: "Can I do it
after the 30th?"
- Bob Conners:
- Now thats not verbatim,
but damn close. I was trying to make a joke about Bill
and it didnt work. Oh well, afterwards I went to
my car, took off my sandals and ran around the
building two times. What a cool thing for him to say.
Wow. I proceeded to stay up for about an hour thinking
about it. I still cant believe it.
- 1:15 PM - 3:45 PM, Saturday,
August 10th, 1996:
- Ahh the fair. How fun this is.
Such a big deal last year. Only 3 drops because of a
Reds game, but I walked around the Fair and enjoyed my
free pass. John and Jane were fun and called me Young
Adam and said I had my CDs there. It kind of
sucked, because last year I was there a long time and
we had guests because the intern was cool as hell.
Denise didnt want to do much, but she did buy a
CD. Anyway, after 3 hours of sleep I was ready to go
- 10:30 PM - 7:00 AM, Saturday
- Sunday, August 10th - 11th, 1996:
- ZZZZ.....Did the Lester, a
rough song for Bob, and then finished the Top 9 List
AFTER MIDNIGHT....actually had Angela ready to
run the board and my openers, but got in at the last
second. The show was good once again, but
couldnt begin to rival Saturdays. Talk on
education, with Glenn, and some lighter stuff later.
Trivia was funny because I was sooo tired, and had
quite a few callers too. There are more listeners on
the weekend. Not because its me necessarily, but
just because its the weekend. Talked to Joe for
awhile. Hes fuckin strange. The gay thing
is still getting to me. It makes me think theres
something wrong with him. Wheres the fun in
totally "getting" someone unless you can see the
moment that they find out. I think hes a
- 11:30 PM - 4:00 AM, Sunday -
Monday, August 11th - 12th, 1996:
- KP stayed while I did my spots
and tried to do the Bob Song. I ended up just giving
him the rough song. Ill make him more so he can
pick his favorite. Blah blah blah...same old shit. And
then KP and I started talking as we were walking a out
at 2:00 and we got into a discussion about the station
and all the gossip. We went for awhile, and then Jeff
Hathorne came down and I learned some stuff. How Team
Talk ended and they picked Munch. How Jeff noticed the
same things about Munch as I did. The inexperience and
anoyance. He thinks Munch will be gone when this new
PD comes in. KP thinks the new PD will come in (if
hes young like Bill), and hear Cannon, hear me,
and then fire him. Shes more or less saying they
should...not necessarily he will. He or she... Anyway,
as much as Im gonna miss Bill, Im somewhat
hopeful about things. My show kicks ass, and I
dont allow myself to sit back and realize that.
It will hold up. Anyway we talked about everything. It
was great. John and Jane. KP thinks shell be
gone within a year or two. I asked Jeff to join my
show when Im on the whole week. Jeff is about
27, no he is 27, and funny as hell. He has a sarcasm
that comes across exceptionally well on the air. To
tell you the truth, I wouldnt mind having us be
a two man team. Right now he works at Channel 4 and
does Sports at WTVN. With his preperation skills, and
producer skills and our banter back and forth....I
think it could be unbeatable in an 8-Midnight forum.
Ooh I want it. Wow. Thats awhile away to tell
you the truth. Anyway it was nice talking with them
and getting a better picture of how people think at
the station. Jesus. Its 5:25 right now, and I
have to be at the station at 9:45 today. Im not
horribly tired either. Oh well.
- 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday,
August 12th, 1996:
- Yeah, I was a bit tired. And
Rush Limbaugh didnt help. And Jane was a bitch.
Whats up with that? Im starting to see why
she annoys people. Anyway. Traffic tomorrow, and a
meeting with Bill later this week.