Item description for Monkey on a Turntable: Living on Love & Leftovers in Local Radio by Ken Keller...
Ken Keller began his career in radio broadcasting in the 1950's. And he doesn't regret a moment of it.
Ok, maybe a few moments.
Born in Toledo, he came to Columbus to attend Ohio State, and on nice days, when nothing else was happening, he did.
Ken soon discovered he was perfectly suited for work in broadcasting: willing to take abuse from listeners and station managers alike, while working impossible split shifts for the minimum wage of a dollar an hour.
As a broadcaster, Ken had the unique experience of watching one era end as two others began.
Nighttime network radio, with its galaxy of stars that included Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Amos 'n Andy, and so many more, was coming to a close.
Local radio, stripped of its network support, was struggling to arrive at the "music, news, and weather" format that was to see it through until the birth of talk radio.
At the same time, the emergence of network TV was pulling advertising dollars away from private radio and setting the stage for conglomerate station ownership.
At precisely this juncture, Ken arrived at his first station, armed with an audition tape and a passion for broadcasting.
Through this rollicking, coming-of-age story, find out how a young college boy turns into a man amidst the chaos and comedy of local radio.
From building "stacks of wax," to reading live commercials, to color-casting Ohio State football games, there was little in the world of broadcast that couldn't be bungled.
And though the times of independent radio are all but fond memories, Monkey on a Turntable is a tribute to the past and a great reference for broadcasters of the future.
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More About Ken Keller
Ken Keller currently resides in Columbus. Ken Keller was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Southern Illinois University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Monkey on a Turntable: Living on Love & Leftovers in Local Radio?
Not just about broadcasting Sep 24, 2007
Although "Monkey on a Turntable" is about Ken Keller's memories of his life as a radio announcer, it's much more than that: it illustrates how some of the turns our life can take do lead to very positive results.
Although a sort of technicality ended his broadcasting career, the author took a good sober look at what he was really good at. He turned to a career in advertising at which he excelled.
In addition to being a book about an aspiring announcer and the broadcasting industry in the second half of the 20th century, the book is chocked full of fascinating stories of the celebrities he met, and of the struggle by a young announcer to make ends meet. The author is not afraid to admit embarrassing or "difficult" moments, such as the time he rushed to get to his broadcasting microphone right after a major snowstorm--in a car that would only run IN REVERSE!
I won't spoil any of the stories, except to say that it does have a happy ending. Ken Keller has been married to the love of his life--Mary--for more than 48 years, and we would all wish to be as happy as this couple that fits together so well.
A Very Enjoyable Book Sep 12, 2007
A wonderful book and time capsule for radio broadcasters. The personal "coming of age" stories are as enjoyable as the hilarious tales of live broadcasts and radio adventures. I think everyone can relate to some part of this very funny book.
LOL Sep 6, 2007
This is a very enjoyable book! I literally laughed out loud in several places and interrupted my husband's TV viewing of a baseball game to read sections to him. A quick read and a thorougly entertaining experience!
Monkey business Aug 31, 2007
Great book! A definite must-read for anyone in broadcasting, but great entertainment for anyone. I am still laughing over the antics of the mail-order monkey.