Bill Thompson, a friend and former colleague, just wrote a book about his career as a Great Lakes broadcaster
Bill Thompson's book about his career as a Great Lakes Broadcaster is just starting to hit the bookshelves at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It's worth picking up if you fall into one of two groups: you remember when radio news dominated the airwaves with what was happening or you're really young and have no memories of the glory days of radio news when a radio personality was in more living rooms and kitchens than any politician.
Bill's broadcast footprint over the past four decades was huge. For a lot of people around the state he was a voice that could be trusted. He gave them the latest-greatest of what was happening at the State Capitol and what was happening in agriculture around the state.
I got to know Bill during the 12 years I was pressroom manager at the State Capitol. I was a conduit for news happenings between the legislature and state government. He came to me to learn where the restrooms were and for news happenings.
He was one of a large contingent of radio news types covering state government. They had the ability to do an interview or news conference and get it on the air quickly. They were from all over the state of Michigan. Bill was a mainstay of that group.
His book is chockfull of stories based on a career spent in Great Lakes Radio. Lots of names and lots of stations.
And if you look closely you'll see a picture of me sitting on my throne in the old pressroom at the State Capitol.
I would recommend his book. The title "My Life As A Great Lakes Broadcaster." It's also on Amazon, including a Kindle e-book.