There are so many things to write about, and so many issues to debate . . . it seems strange that I am spending so much energy writing about Donald Trump and his Republican run for the 2016 Nomination.
But, after giving this a lot of thought, it has become apparent to me, that I and so many other people who are knee-deep in political thinking . . . THINK ABOUT THE DONALD, not because of his FLASH, but rather because more than any other candidate on either side, he is speaking the minds and thoughts of the people in a voice with words everyone can understand.
Trump is not an articulate speaker, far from it . . . BUT WHAT HE SAYS . . . WE ALL UNDERSTAND. And more than that – what he says is what most of us are thinking.
I’m sure most of you remember when George W Bush said in response to media criticism and questions about how he was managing the War in Iraq, and who else besides him should be blamed – Bush said . . . “I’M THE DECIDER”.
The LEFT had a tremendous laugh at this less than articulate statement . . . but, in all reality, EVERYONE understood precisely what Bush meant.
There are several top-rated candidates running for the Republican nomination, who also speak clearly. And unless I’m being conned, I believe they each speak from their heart.
1 – Carly Fiorina.
2 – Ben Carson.
3 – Ted Cruz.
4 – AND DONALD TRUMP.
The difference with Trump though, is that he isn’t elegant when he speaks. His words don’t flow. And he will never be mistaken for a Shakespearian. BUT HE DOES SAY IT LIKE IT IS; and the people LOVE it.
When I went on the RADIO in 1997 in Montreal, I had ZERO broadcast experience, other than being a guest on other people’s radio shows, because of my Socio/Political Activism.
But, it’s a different world altogether, when you’re the one asking the questions, and creating the flow of programing, with all of it off the cuff, compared to being the host.
And it’s like nothing you can imagine, when you have to give a monolog, absolutely ADLIBBED with no teleprompter and no notes . . . AND NO DO-OVER.
So, when I went on the air for the first time, I was really nervous about running out of things to say, and saying whatever it was that I was going to say using inarticulate words.
After my first three-hour live morning show, I was personally embarrassed with my performance. I flubbed several times. I had to hesitate to rearrange my thoughts; I used words that were more from the street than they were from a Thesaurus, and I allowed some of my angry-feelings to become a raw part of the broadcast.
On September 2, 1997 . . . Howard Stern hit the Canadian Airwaves in Montreal (and Toronto), and not to disappoint the Station Owners in Montreal, who invested heavily in his Show, he gave them plenty of raw meat, attacking French Canadians, Montreal as a city, and all of his Montreal on-air competitors.
And because his first Montreal Show . . . and my first radio show anywhere ever fell on the same day, I wasn’t even on his radar. And while his incredibly well crafted show came off without a hick-up, mine, as I wrote in the preceding was nothing to write home about.
The Program Director, who hired me, came to me one day after my first week on-air with a large HOW-TO Book on Radio Broadcasting, which he used as a university teaching tool, which he gave to his students who wanted a career in broadcasting.
He said . . . “Read this from cover to cover, and it will teach you how to become a broadcaster.” My response to him, was to hand the book back and say . . . “If reading this book is all that it takes to become a broadcaster, you don’t need me. Find someone to read the book.” And I walked away.
The Station that hired me, used to be Montreal’s Power-House AM Broadcaster. In fact, its original call letters were CFCF, standing for Canada’s First . . . Canada’s Finest, since it really was Canada’s FIRST commercial radio station.
But, those glory days were long gone, as successive owners drove it and its listening audience into the ground by not putting money into old radio technology (AM), which our station was (600 on the dial). Instead, they invested heavily in FM, where the frequencies were much clearer, more stable, and less costly to broadcast.
SO HERE I WAS . . . on a failed radio station few people listened to, with no experience, and no one to really help me, with a Program Director who wanted me to read a HOW-TO Book . . . going head to head against Howard Stern, and a plethora of talented and experienced broadcasters on the other English language radio stations in Montreal, all of which funded with big money.
When I went ON-AIR, the number of people who listened to my time slot before I began, was just 7,000 for every quarter hour tuned-in, which meant that 7,000 people, the same or different people were tuned during that quarter hour. Which meant, that in a city the size of Montreal, this was not good.
BUT, IN THE SPACE OF JUST ONE YEAR . . . My Broadcast reached OVER 30,000 people per quarter hours tuned. AND MORE THAN THAT . . . the weekly CUME, which is the UNDUPLICATED LISTENING AUDIENCE, meaning how many different people listened to your broadcast every week, which before my going on air hardly registered, NOW reached more than 150,000 different people, accounting for most of the stations listening audience at 180,000 CUME, out of a potential market of just about 500,000 English Listeners.
AS A POINT OF INTEREST . . . Every English language broadcaster in Montreal lost significant audience to Howard Stern, my numbers went up 10%, which in the broadcast industry is HUGE.
Trump really isn’t all that complicated, and that’s why he is scoring so high with the people. I KNOW THIS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
1 – I owned a pretty successful advertising agency, which more than paid the bills. I didn’t need the station’s money. And as a matter of fact, the time I spent doing my radio show, actually cost me more money in terms of the time I couldn’t spend running the agency, than what I brought-in from the broadcast.
2 – I came out of nowhere on the media scene, and in the wink of an eye, I was beating the hell out of all my on-air competitors. And not because I was a smooth-talker.
I stumbled, hesitated, raised my voice, attacked social and political bullies, and went after Montreal’s Media with a vengeance.
3 – I was making a real difference to my audience, and raised an incredible amount of money and awareness on my radio show, which helped shelter homeless men and women, feed hungry Montreal children, donate a great deal to animal causes amongst other things, AND FIGHT LIKE A DOG FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND REAL EQUALITY AMONGST ALL PEOPLE.
AND I TOOK CRAP FROM NO-ONE.
4 – And during all of this, I was also able to write a BEST SELLING political book titled BASTARDS, which even beat the fabulous new book written by legendary Canadian author Mordecai Richler on the BEST SELLERS LIST AS # 1.
For the longest time, and especially as I was growing older and moving to the “RIGHT”, I despised our politicians, jurists, bureaucrats, educators, and all other manner of elitists – AND I NEVER HELD BACK ABOUT HOW I FELT ABOUT THEM.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I was physically threatened. How many times I was threatened with lawsuits for things that I had said and done . . . NOT ONE THAT WAS SUCCESSFUL. How many huge rallies, boycotts and demonstrations I led and organized, and how many times I got in the face of government at all levels.
Years ago, I went on a media-blitz doing radio talk-shows across Canada, starting in Victoria British Columbia, working my way East back home to Montreal, promoting my Book Bastards.
To do my radio show while I was traveling, I had a guest host (Julian Hecht), who happened to be a corporate friend, who was also quite talented, very smart, and at the time, was the publisher of the Suburban Newspaper, Quebec’s Largest English Language Weekly.
And before I left on the media tour, I had told Hecht that I would call him from the SKY-PHONE on the flight back to Montreal, if at all possible to join in my show. I figured that would really be different and fun.
But by the time my tour was done, and when I made contact from the plane, which was somewhere over Saskatchewan . . . I was wiped; to the point that I was actually thinking about not making the call to be on my own show. But, I did make the call because I promised my listeners that I would, and as soon as Julian and I exchanged on-air pleasantries, he asked . . .
DID YOU HEAR THAT THE CRTC SANCTIONED YOU FOR WHAT YOU SAID ON-AIR?
The CRTC is the Canadian equivalent to America’s FCC, which yields huge power in the licensing and control over all non-Internet electronic broadcasting.
My instant ON-AIR response to Julian and my entire audience was – AND I QUOTE:
WHAT PART AT 35,000 FEET, CAN’T THE CRTC UNDERSTAND – THAT THEY CAN KISS MY ASS?
I assure you . . . I have a pretty good understanding of where Trump is coming from.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov