Is this Thing On?

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"Is This Thing On?" is a wonderful book of stories from radio people that will make you fall down laughing. A compilation of 136 radio industry people's "real life-nightmares," "first gigs" and where they are today! It's funny, embarrassing- and warm!
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Overview

"Is This Thing On?" is a wonderful book of stories from radio people that will make you fall down laughing. A compilation of 136 radio industry people's "real life-nightmares," "first gigs" and where they are today! It's funny, embarrassing- and warm!
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615371375
  • Publisher: Marshall Arts Communication
  • Publication date: 8/4/2010
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    What a book ! What a lady! What a bunch of co-authors

    Even though the message and stories is about radio in North America, the stories can be universally appreciated across the world, even as far away as Australia.

    It's a book you can pick up and read for an hour, a day, a few minutes and still came away with a laugh. Don't worry if you have never been in radio - even if you only listened for a few minutes or more in your entire lifetime, you 're bound to get a laugh. Keep in mind that everything you read is the truth, from some of the industry's best know personalities, all the way through to the guys and girls you may never hear on air, but have so many stories to tell about life behind the scenes.

    Can't wait for the movie script, but somehow I think the lawyers will be working on getting clearance for a long time !!


    David Rogerson
    Strategic Media Solutions

    Sydney , Australia

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Funny book about radio

    In any business, there are some crazy times...but in a 24/7 world, the funny and crzy are the norm...this is a collection of stories about the world of radio...in the bygone days, when stations had to be manned and automation was unreliable, it was people who made radio fun...this is a tribute to all of them!

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Awesome book!

    This book is great because it has a bunch of those "OH SH*T" moments, that we can all laugh about now...even though at the time,they may not have been so funny! It was great to read all the stories and be glad they didn't happen to me...yet! LOL. Great job Robin!

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    A non-staged oral history in print - the drama and glamour on radio had these things commonly behind the scenes - about people who love radio and the public - explains where the bumper sticker "Things(*sp?)happen" came from. Enjoy!

    "Is This Thing On", a book about radio, defining memories, moments of tragic and triumphant, etched in minds whether they want it there or not. You've seen tv show bloopers, this is radio and this is what you did NOT hear. mostly. The so serious, the so famous, and why the term flop sweat is an industry wide dictionary entry. The "service to the public/entertainment /news/information/public safety EBS", with the miniscule to macrocosmic bumps and high rev moments in the road to creating radio program content. Here in the future, it is hilarity to radio people. Contributors include people who have built radio stations, owned them, people who started at almost the pencil sharpening status of job. From the biggest markets to the smallest, the experiences bring all to the same to tears of laughter at having survived or seen them. "Is This Thing On" reads like an oral history. This really is "people" talking and sharing experiences. It is their stories, of the people, by the people, for the people . (and all their family and friends who say, "You do .. What?"). Big voices calm, voices from "the stage" relax. Highly paid and free t shirt talents recount common experiences. It is the radio chain saw jugglers who had to remember to get the baby formula on the way home. Any one of them could be your neighbor that you never knew what they did. Every one of them is more handsome or beautiful on the radio. Every speech might be thought to be much more well informed than the speaker truly was. Radio engages the imagination because interpreters . interpret, and look for the best, the more fun. Often, listeners get just that, and this book is about what listeners do not hear. It is the significant other who asks, "Are you a secret agent? Or cheating?" because of all the phone calls from "The Station". It is about the people who may have worked in a room the size of a closet and there made horizons of the world visible to you, real, accessible in your home. And sometimes the coffee spills all over the studio . (but no one must know!)" From starting radio formats that swept the nation, to beginning a new art form called free form AOR, huge names comfortably relate stories ranging from a "going to the bathroom and.. " story to the universal radio fear, being locked out while you're on the air. You can call it behind the scenes bloopers. Contributors would say - "glad there was no video". "Is This On" is about people who care about radio, and who love people. I can speak comfortably to five million, but my mind doesn't even work properly if I am telling someone I've known thirty years that I care about them deeply for the first time. This book is about the mind not working part. Radio people can laugh at themselves. Prerequisite to the job. . Today's world may find many people reading this that hope these and more people are still doing this. They might dream about their own world close, and such good people as these, neighbors, not strangers. That's good radio. Close to half the purchase price is Make A Wish foundation funding. Radio, still giving. "Is This Thing On" is in its second edition Enjoy! Frank Baum.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    I enjoyed it

    many of the people I knew of or met :-) Very funny, you never know until you read this how things happen on radio LOL I am not into radio, just a fan of many!!! Mary NY

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    I love this book!

    Robin bugged me for MONTHS to send my story in for her book to be titled, "Is This Thing On?" I procrastinated way to long, and the first printing went on without me. I finally got my butt in gear and sent Robin my story, and it's in the 2nd printing! WooHoo! I bought the first edition, so now that means I have to buy the 2nd edition as well! This book is great, and has some great stories in it. You'll love it whether you are in radio or not, it's that funny! Magic Matt

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    So, it turns out I'm not alone!

    "Is This Thing On?" was a fabulous read! For those not working in radio, it's a great look behind the scenes of the industry. It's a book that you can read over and over, the stories never lose their funny. I can't wait to read more stories!!

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Great Fun

    You don't have to be in radio to enjoy this book. If you've ever listened to the radio and wondered about the person on the air, you'll get a kick out of the foibles and faux pas.
    Personally,I loved reading about all the issues that others experienced. It let me know that I was not alone.
    The fact that it's a fun read and that 50% of the profits go to "Make A Wish" should make you want to buy a bunch of copies. It makes a great gift.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    A hilarious and very inside look behind the mic

    "Is This Thing On?" is a delightful trip through the goofs, gaffes, trials and tribulations of some of America's best know radio personalities.

    Robin has marshaled some of her closest friends in the broadcasting business to share their worst nightmares and horror stories. She even asked me to share a few one of my stories and when writing it I began to sweat like it happened yesterday. Just another job at a station I had no business being in but somehow managed to stay at flying under the radar.

    If you think we are all smooth operators, think again. Broken equipment, crazy bosses, crazier listeners, and comedies of error make each page a romp through stuttering, stammering, sleep deprived, folks who seek only to entertain and keep the pay checks coming.

    Whether you are in the business or just someone who listens to the radio, "Is This This Thing On?" takes you to the core of the industry's foibles with the very people who made them.

    A light hearted read, "Is This Thing On?" is must reading for anyone who's ever listened to the radio.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    A fun and enjoyable read.

    This was a fun way to actually understand what goes on behind the voice you hear when the mike is off. It was insightful, humorous and sometimes a little sad, but it was definately a great way to pass the time while the commercials played. I would recommend this book to anyone who ever listened to a radio dj and I can't wait for the next edition with more of the same. Also loved the illustrations.

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