This is Tom Hodgins. He is a radio hot shot in my home town of Walla Walla, Washington. When I first met Tom, he didn't own numerous radio stations, and have an encyclopedic knowledge of FCC regulations, frequency allocations, and all the things that have earned him a sterling reputation as a dynamic businessman and professional broadcaster.
Nope. When I met Tom he was doing mid-days at KUJ and he wasn't allowed to talk. I think his "air name" was Luke Warm. Well, Tom can certainly talk. He was just an employee then. Today, he owns the place, and several other places as well.
Don't ask him to sell KUJ-AM. He has a strong emotional connection to it because he used to work there. My first radio show was also on KUJ -AM. It was a half hour talk show. No pay. hey, I was 15. I would later return to the same building. far far from 15, and "play the hits" with Tom Hodgins as my employer. I love how the world turns. It's been a year since I was in Walla Walla working on a project with Tom, but he buys me lunch at least once a month, and I crank out commercial copy for him as often as possible.
The biggest change since the day Tom and I first met is that his cheeks are fatter and my hair in thinner. Aside from that, we are still the same adventurous young men with a love of radio. There are worse addictions, although I can't think of any off-hand.