Episode 168

Radio's UNTOLD STORY: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll - Dwight Douglas was there...and tells all!

This time, we get the UNTOLD STORY of “Sex Drugs & Rock 'n Roll” from the vantage of one who witnessed the era from the 70s to the early 90’s.

When it comes to radio, Dwight Douglas is a name you should know! After working on the PBS TV show Mister Rogers Neighborhood, he joined the American Broadcasting Companies (ABC) as they were developing their FM properties.

Dwight then moved to Atlanta to join the largest radio consulting firm in the world, Burkhart-Abrams & Associates, where he later became president and worked with media companies around the world. During that 25-year period, he was instrumental in recruiting and coaching high-profile radio morning shows, including Howard Stern.

After that, he moved to New York becoming vice president of marketing for a worldwide software company, while also producing a comedy website.

Throughout his career, he has written numerous screenplays, magazine articles and is the author of several books. Since deciding to write full-time, he now lives in Venice on Florida’s Gold Coast. and has just released a semi-fictionalized account of how radio got where it is:

Get your copy of True Radio Confessions: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll here!

Key Takeaways You Won't Want to Miss:

(04:07) First, Dwight explains how he arrived at the book’s title, and which network radio star helped him come to that conclusion.

(04:34) Woven into the story of some true-to-live radio characters from the “WKRP era”, we also learn some fascinating radio history that explains how we got where we are today.

(04:59) As a veteran of many radio wars, Dwight has worked with some of the most successful and long-lasting air talents and reveals some of the common traits they all shared – and what you can learn from them.

 (06:36) Compared to the “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” era, Dwight explores whether consolidation, research, and corporate radio removed the ‘crazy’ out of radio.

(08:01) In the book, one main character asks another, “Will FM Radio Kill AM Radio”, and the response is ‘ABSOLUTELY’. Today, Dwight ponders whether Streaming Audio, Podcasts, and uncurated home playlists will ever REALLY replace RADIO as we’ve known it?

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