Friday, December 17, 2010

Fresno, CA

Our trip to Fresno has been a whirlwind tour of this city of 500,000 people, stories from old radio friends, and a new understanding for me of how much  Hubby is loved and respected by his radio buddies.
KYNO was just one of the radio stations that he worked at, but it was the test market for top 40 music back in the 60's.   Hubby was program director here, and brought up (trained, helped, taught ) many of the big announcers and radio personalities that we hear today.  They were all kids back then, including Hubby, but he always went out of his way to teach these guys professionalism and the business of voice and delivery, so that the station would succeed.  It's been heartwarming to hear the personal stories of friendship and loyalty that remain today, all these years later.
We also met with his author friend at a weekly writers group yesterday.  Fascinating, it was.  They each brought a piece of writing that they had been working on that week and together critiqued the writing and made suggestions.  Nothing was held back, everyone was challenged to do better.  They've been meeting for 4 years, so they trust one another and respect the honest opinions they shared.  How awesome would it be to be part of a group like that!
Hubby's piece of writing from his book was just wonderful.  He has a real knack for it, and of course the story about radio is engaging if you were a listener back then.
So we leave again tomorrow morning, heading for southern California for the holidays.  CA is expecting rain for the next 5 days, and I'm reminded, not only of just how much it rains during the winter, but why we were so happy to move out of it.  LOL!


  1. Yeah, I can't imagine what it would be like to have such trusted, admirable and comfortable friends like that. I've never had any, really, but I don't take criticism very well...I get all self-absorbed and disapointed with it. Maybe because I am so hard on myself to begin with.

    I didn't realize that it rained so much there....could be like it is here - S*N*O*W, every single day and a little sunshine in between. Boy oh-boy, it's been Ccccccold this week, too. I think record cold for this time of the year.

    Have a beautiful Holiday week, my friend. Keep posting now and then so that we know you're well :)

  2. Heather, they have been very close friends for years, and all are professional writers (know what agents & publishers are looking for). I had shared some writing too, and they did not hold back with me either, hahahaha! I could see that they were absolutely right & will try rewowrking it.
    It's not always like this in CA in winter, but in wet years it can get to be a bit much. I think this is going to be a WET year. :)
    I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas together!

  3. What a terrific opportunity to grow as a writer when meeting with a supportive group who knows the process. So happy to visit you here :)

  4. One of the things that marks out true friendship in my book is the ability to give and receive constructive criticism. I know. I've received plenty over the years and friendships have grown stronger as a result.