Last night I was lying in bed thinking about what an amazing life I've had. It's been a wonderful ride. When my wife and I moved to the Golden State of California, I was able to have my own radio talk show. I must admit that I was an amateur, but it seemed to come naturally to me. I was able to get the most wonderful guests to share their life stories on the air. I hosted many famous people to whom I would ask if there was one subject I could not touch. For instance, a famous author said, "Please don't ask me how much money I make." A Hollywood screenwriter didn't want me to ask about her sister, who was an actress; and a well-known artist said he didn't want to talk about his ex-wife. Of course, I honored their privacy, but I personally learned more about them because of what they didn't want me to know than during an hour of on-the-air chatting.
One of my interesting guests was actress Phyllis Coates, the original Lois Lane in the first season of the 1950's Adventures of Superman TV show. Contrarily, another guest was a Penthouse Centerfold of the Year. The only time I was at a loss for words was when singer-songwriter Melanie, the person who influenced my young life the most, called in.
Then, one day a woman named Rita Seger was on the line, and I knew I'd met my match. I invited her to be a guest on the show, and the listeners enjoyed our banter so much, that we started another day just for Rita and me. One week I would pick the topic, and the next week Aunt Rita, as I began calling her, would pick a topic. Much to my surprise, people really tuned in because Rita and I never agreed on anything, and they enjoyed listening to us argue! We still don't agree on anything, but after 30 years I still love you, Rita; and many thanks for commenting on my last blog!
I've had a very blessed, charmed life, and the best is yet to come!
2/14/2023 04:01:21 pm
remember those last words and stick to them.
Tony, I remember your radio show on KNRY back in the day. The Mr Entertainment Show. I listened to it a lot and have several of them on tape. People wanted to know why you were called, Mr. Entertainent. I remember one guy called the show and asked that question. You told him you weren’t an Entertainer but you were called, Mr. Entertainment because you had to be entertained 24 hours a day. That was funny! I remember when you had Rita Firestone Seger join the show and you used to call her, Aunt Riter. She was the perfect Foil for you.
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