For the most part, that message hasn't changed a lot over the years - love is still love, and heartbreak is still heartbreak.
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
Growing up, I actually wanted to be a professional baseball player instead of a radio DJ. Believe it or not.
If I were doing a real rock show, slapping the phone book in time to the music, grooving with the songs, then it would matter to know how I felt about what I was playing. You can't fake it in that situation. But I'm just counting them down as they appear on the chart, 1 through 40. What really matters is what I say between the songs.
I just felt it was my job to show that there is no easy way to success, and that anyone who gets even just one Top 40 hit deserves their moment in the sun. I accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. That is the timeless thing.
Basically, radio hasn't changed over the years. Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues - communicating with an audience.
Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you're really connecting.
Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. You're only as good as the people you work with and the people you work for.
We tell stories. We talk about statistics. And in 1978, we added an element of the show that gave it its heartbeat: the long distance dedication.
Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues - communicating with an audience.
Always be consistent.
But otherwise, music is about a beat and a message.
Every station I was at, I never said goodbye - when I was in Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Oakland, and L.A. I don't know why.
I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications.
If the beat gets to the audience, and the message touches them, you've got a hit.
It's been amazing, the number of commercials that I've done, starting back in 1968. It must be 8,000.
The stories are success stories. The letters from listeners often touch the heart and can be inspiring.
As you know, in the past several years, month after month, radio has increased its revenues - some of it even coming from Dot-Com advertisers. So, radio is a survivor.
For years everyone looked toward the demise of radio when television came along. Before that, they thought talking movies might eliminate radio as well. But radio just keeps getting stronger.
I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications. Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you're really connecting.