I'm not sure how this happened, I was never inspired to write a book, but I sure do enjoy telling stories. So I wrote a few of them down.
My first radio job was at the third FM station in the country to switch to a rock format. I'm going to tell you about my 1974 interview with The Doors Jim Morrison. Who died in Paris in 1971. Or my vacation on the road with Skynyrd.
One of the most challenging things about writing this book was reliving the story of how a serial rapist trapped, beat, and raped my girlfriend. You will read about what happened to her, how she dealt with it, and how it affected her life and mine.
I also detail how my magazine, Radio Magazine, was embezzled by Stax Records and Union Planters Bank, how I helped the Attorney General at the time, Hugh Stanton, in his investigation into the bank and one of its officials.
Radio Daze takes a lighthearted look at some serious issues. It also gives you an inside look at the other side of the radio microphone and what it was like to be a disc jockey in the seventies. Radio was fun then. The DJs got free albums, concert tickets, movies, and meals, much different from today's radio.
Mitch McCracken has spent most of his adult life as a Disc Jockey on album rock stations. Before his radio career, he was the class clown. He still thinks he’s funny but admits he has no class. McCracken’s first job in radio was at the third station to go rock on FM, WMC FM in Memphis. When DJs played what they wanted to play and said what they wanted to say. Much different from the radio of today. Radio was fun then, especially if you have a dream job, working for the Father of Rock and Roll, Sam Phillips, at his station in Florence, Ala, WQLT. Working for Estelle Axton, the “AX” of Stax Records, was another high point of his career. McCracken accepted the position of National Promotion Director of her new label, Fretone Records. Mitch took their first record right up the charts, and “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees was named the Peoples Choice Award Winner of 1977. Mitch is known among his friends and family for his storytelling. His writing style makes you think he is sitting right there with you telling his story, like his 1974 interview with Jim Morrison, who died in Paris in 1971.
...and after. The female sex has always been my favorite. I wasn't shown a lot of love growing up. That could have been devastating for me had it not been for my female friends. They were kind and nurturing. It made a big difference when I got motherly love from my motherly friends.
Radio Daze 1970-1976
Bea wasn’t just a good girl; she was a good person. In fact, she was one of the best people I have ever known. She cared more about me than anyone ever had. She showed me what love was. It didn’t have to be about being my girlfriend, just caring. I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t been for her. I know that God brought her into my life to show me that I was loved. To help guide me through the hard times at home. She is the reason I don’t hate women. That I respect them and love them, she showed me not only what love is but how to express it. She told me love is about giving. She taught me that if you really love someone, their happiness and desires are more important than your own. To never offer your heart to someone who isn’t willing to do the same. If they are willing to put their heart in your hand, only then are they worthy of yours. If you want trust, you must first give trust. A relationship is about giving, not taking, expressing love, not suppressing it.