Wednesday, March 28 2012
I'm totally enjoying having my program, Artistry in Jazz with Tom Pethic, back on the air again. I believe it's been close to 4 years since I've had the freedom to bring you this speciality jazz show. The last time AIJ airred, I was at Legends 990AM. Just to refresh your memory and mine, that's when I was paying $540 per week for a 3 hour show. I had to sell my own advertising. I had a sales team, but they were pretty much worthless. I'm glad I was folically challenged at the time (you know, hairless). I ended up losing $5,400 on this venture. If I had it to do over again, I most likely wouldn't have! However, there was a big void in my life. The void was not having a radio show. As you may recall, a particular station manager fired me for missing a meeting, three days shy of me being there 21 years. He informed me via e-mail. Isn't that a nice professional touch. This young buck was 8 years old when I did my first show at WGMC (October 18, 1982). However, you can't keep a good man down, cause I'M BACK!!! On a more upbeat note, I want to hip you to a special segment on AIJ (some weeks I play two different segments) called Reflections Of A Standard. This is a special where I play usually 3 to 5, sometimes 6 different renditions of a particular jazz standard, back-to-back. The various arrangements that are out there, make this segment an audience favorite. Because of time constraints, which most radio stations have, sometimes I have to interrupt the segment because of a scheduled break. I think you all know the deal! I also have a segment called The Early Worm Gets the Bird, where I feauture the music of alto king Charlie Parker. Basically, I give you The Bird for 15 minutes or so. (Please don't take this personally!) Long story, short, I hope you'll tune in every Saturday from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.