What’s Happening Wednesday? EVERYTHING!

Wow! April is an insane time for Oklahoma City! Hold on!  There is definitely always something to do in this town. If you’re bored, it’s just because you haven’t opened your eyes.

Here’s what’s up for April 17-21, 2013

Wednesday, April 17

Thursday, April 18

Friday, April 19

Saturday, April 20

Sunday, April 21

Monday, April 22

Tuesday, April 23

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What’s Happening Wednesday! There is literally so much going on!

Hola! I’m actually writing this late on Tuesday night. There is soooo much going on this weekend.

I’ve self-proclaimed myself your official “linkologist!” Links are so important to give for further information. Be sure your websites are up-to-date with your upcoming events.

I find my events through everything: Facebook invites, eblasts, emails sent to me, newspaper ads, word-of-mouth, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Oklahoman, Metro Family magazine, and more. Not to sound too egotistical but I feel like if I’m not aware of your event then something got missed. Just think of every nook and cranny!

Here’s what I have for the week of April 10 through the 16, 2013:

Wednesday, April 10

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 12

 Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

Tuesday, April 16

Things to Do in OKC February 1-4

Happy Wednesday (in advance!). I’ll be on The Eggman in the Morning Show on the fabulous True Oldies channel (99.7) and wanted to get this ready in time to direct listeners to visit for more information. Do you want to know things to do this weekend? Here’s what I have!

Thursday, January 31

  • OKC Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 7pm (Donwtown will be jamming!)
  • Lyric Theatrepresents Some Enchanted Evening at the Plaza Theater through the weekend
  • American Idol will feature final auditions in Oklahoma City! 7pm on KOKH Fox 25 (hopefully singers in OKC will make the city look good?)

Friday, February 1

Saturday, February 2

Monday, February 3

February is (I don’t make these up!)

  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • National Bird-Feeding Month
  • National Black History Month
  • Internatoinal Boost Self-Esteem Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Condom Month
  • International Expect Success Month
  • February Is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
  • Library Lovers’ Month
  • Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Mend a Broken Heart Month, Natl
  • Parent Leadership Month, Natl
  • Pet Dental Health Month, Natl
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
  • Relationship Wellness Month
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • National Time Management Month
  • Wise Health Care Consumer Month
  • Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
  • Youth Leadership Month

This hopeless radio industry romantic gets slapped every now and then

I spent the mid-80s to early 1990s in Oklahoma City radio. Gawd I loved it. I had so much fun. I just yearned to work in the business. I was a receptionist at a print company, which led me to a job at an ad agency, which led me to a job in radio. I saw some amazing things. I learned and lived some really great music. I met a few stars from Def Leppard to the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island, who was in town for a boat show. He was so aged and almost choked to death on some food before his radio interview. And yes, he was wearing his signature blue shirt, white pants and skipper’s hat. And I will always love Elvis… always. This could be a whole other blog on its own. It was good times but there were also mean, back stabbing, heart breaking bad times. I choose to think of the good until something cruel pops up in the news. I do try to see both sides – as a business owner in a tough industry and for those survivors of it who think they couldn’t ever do anything else but radio until they are forced to.

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I was laid off in 1993 for the third time because there was yet another merger and takeover. I just said ‘that’s it, I’m out!’ Plus I just had no other options at other radio stations. I pulled together a resume and realized the skills I had were pretty good on paper. That perhaps this was my answer to not having a college degree on my resume. I also invested in a women’s 3-piece navy business suit that I would wear out and about. Today it would suffocate me. The next thing I know I’m hired to do corporate communications for an engineering and architecture firm. Those sweet, kind, very intelligent architects and engineers took me off the streets of unemployment and gambled on hiring me. Of course I had to change my entire wardrobe and tone down my, well … tone. I did not do well in an open office atmosphere that was for sure. I’ve got great projection that can annoy the silent types.

There was great excitement and yet apprehension when a local radio/media family bought a very successful radio group from out-of-state owners. I’m not going to name companies but many will know who I am talking about. Plus I don’t want it to seem like I’m trashing them. I understand there’s a bottom line with all businesses. I admire this family a lot.

There was joy at the announcement. The dad of the family was THE 1970s to 1980s radio media guru. Country radio ruled and they owned one of the greatest country stations Oklahoma City ever had.  He was a creative genius who was always right on. Everyone loved him dearly. He had a great family he raised well and in the business. The 80s were opulent and lavish. Fabulous parties were thrown every time an Arbitron book came out. The country station had an annual party and everyone was invited, including competitors. He was, and I’m going to say, still is (even though I haven’t seen him in years) admired by many. If I’m not mistaken, the 1980s oil bust possibly really hurt the revenue of the radio station. They too had their hard time. They kept diversified with evolving their sign company, tapped into the growing Hispanic market, became developers and so on. There should really be a book written on this family. It’s a great story.

Flash forward to this purchase – some thought maybe the local ownership would … well I don’t know what everyone thought but you always want to support local ownership, especially for radio. It’s just unheard of. So there was a thought that it would go back to a little bit of what it was like when there was local ownership but times are really different for radio with everything internet. Oh yeah, that’s right – they didn’t have all that back then. So yes, the ugly dark, mean side of radio reared its head.

The great thing about Facebook is I’ve found almost all my ole’ radio friends. I knew the day the hammer came down. The story of how it happened was upsetting. It was the last day of ownership for the former owner. They called in eleven people to a conference room and bang bang bang. It was a blood bath firing line, to be dramatic. Three people I know dearly were informed they were getting let go in front of the others. The others that survived had to be sick to their stomach for their colleagues but also that they came so close to being let go too. Why couldn’t they give respect to them and tell them privately? Two of them worked there for 20+ years.

With my new freelance gig I had grand romantic thoughts that I would like to have a small part-time job in radio either selling time or managing social media but then I get this reminder.

Now that the damage has been done to these three people I want to remain upbeat and positive for both sides. Yes – both. I may sound a little wise but I’ve been there. They will go on a spiritual journey, trying to find meanings to things … as small as watching ice skaters and not having to promote being there. And they don’t have to talk if they don’t want to. Think about it – you go on the air for 3-4 hours daily and more for so many years … they should become monk-like and not speak for a day or something silly. They’ll come out on the other side smelling like roses. Doesn’t America love a great comeback story? I do!

To the radio owners I wish them success because I love this business dearly. I hope they can evolve successfully with the changes they’re thrown every day. I’d really like them to offer more local business programming on their AM side at least and get rid of the mean talk radio shows that have just become insane. We need more positive local programming on radio that can advise on improving our lives. The Dave Ramsey show gives great financial advice, unlike a Rush Limbaugh show on a competitor of theirs. I think it would be successful if marketed and packaged properly- but then again, I don’t own a radio station but … if I were to win this $400+ million I would definitely buy a radio station and do whatever I want with it… Leslie’s OKC FM, get inspired! … Stay tuned ..