April 1970 TV Guide Ad for "23 Total News" featuring Jerry Healey on Sports..Healey passed away this week..
Before I go on, I want to mention briefly the passing of Jerry Healey, disc jockey for Akron's WAKR and WCUE in the 1960's to early 80s. Healey died February 3, 2009 at the City of Hope in Duarte, California...He was well known as a Morning Host at WAKR and also did sports play-by-play..Condolences to his family..
Obituary on Ohio.com
Item on Ohio Media Watch
A few thoughts:
Among many internet sites I go to every day is Cleveland.com "Television" and "Listening Party" message boards..Though the conversation there is often less than stellar, to say the least. A question was brought up this morning that made me think..Over the last several months, a number of NE Ohio broadcasting legends, including Herb Score, Bill Gordon, Harry Martin and most recently, Jerry Healey..have left us..It was brought up on the Cleveland.com boards that considering how legendary these personalites were, there has been very little discussion about them, or what they meant to the radio industry or to listeners as a whole..Are we so immersed in the "here and now"..that we cant take more time to reflect on the absolute icons of the business? Also, some seem to want to focus a bit more on the negative side of some personalities.."He was ok in public but.."
While I have never been in the broadcasting business, I read enough daily to know the industry is in bad shape..But I think we still need to reflect on the greats that came before..The DJ's that didnt have to be crude to get a laugh...That could be creative and "adult" at the same time without going for gutter humor..Those that exemplified class and dignity in the profession when class and dignity meant something..
I realize I dont often "editorialize" but I felt something like this needed to be said..Have a good weekend everybody..