Donna Halper is best known for bringing Rush to the USA, but she's had a long career in radio. She talks about the radio business; her start in radio at Northeastern University, where she was the first woman on the air; her consulting biz; if radio can be revived; overcoming obstacles; her books and essays about baseball and the media; women in radio; being weird; how she got on the air; Arnie Ginsburg; why she hated Cleveland; getting fired for not doing drugs; sexual harassment; being persistent; WMMS in Cleveland, where she introduced Rush to the United States; why Rush is different; her friendship with them; why it took a long time for Rush to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; what Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are like; the Alex Harvey Band; Bruce Springsteen; WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where Howard Stern started out; being a Mercury Records talent scout; WLIR in Long Island; WRVR in New York (a jazz station); Barney Kessel; Phil Woods, who played on a Billy Joel song, Boston, and lots more.
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The interview with Donna Halper is a "must-listen" for everyone in radio. Heeding her comments could reverse the negative trend in radio of today.
Thanks for listening and the compliment!
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