SUCCESS - how do you measure it?
Being well paid for doing one's job is a good way I suppose, and I certainly can't grumble about the amounts I've been paid or have made along the way. Anne and I have always worked really hard and for very long hours too. We have invariably been well rewarded, but there is something else that's much mroe important than they pay. No, its not recognition - we don't do awards and things like that.
True success comes from being HAPPY.
It's as simple as that. The key aspect of enjoying your work is ENJOYMENT. The sheer fun one can have, so that you wake up and look forward to getting up and going to work in the morning, of being dragged away at 10 o'clock at night after a long day, and not wanting to go home beacuse you are enjoying the work so much and could happilly stay on all night (and I have done done just that many times!)
The "100% energy trip" one of my mentors used to call it. That was dear old Chris Cary who really knew the meaning of "work hard, play hard".
But its also working with your idols. People whose work you admire, and then you get to work with them. It's a great feeling to learn 'at the knee' of such music business and broadcasting legends. It would be "shameless name dropping", to list the well known people I've had the good fortune to work with over the years. And many more who I have simply met in the course of my work in radio - many household names from the world of radio, but also quite a lot of really well known artistes, some of whom became friends.
I was very very lucky to work the clubs in the 70s and met many world-famous artists as well as many when they were relatively unknown "up and coming" performers, and who have since made it big. Some of them I am happy to say I've remained good friends with. One or two I would prefer to forget!
Yorkshire Coast Radio
This small group on the right is team I'm very proud of, its my co-directors at Yorkshire Coast Radio in Scarborough. I'm proud to say that I ensembled the team which included such liuminaries as Wilf Proudfoot, the former MD of Radio 270 and twice an MP, the main architect of the UK legilsation that ushered in commerecfial Radio. Also in the picture are his son Ian Proudfoot and Toby Horton, former MD of Radio Tees.
Our original plan was to put Yorkshire Coast Radio on a boat in Scarborough harbour, and there is still a plaque on the quayside in Scarborough to the former trawler the Heatherleigh that our chairman Tom Pindar bought for the role.