T-Bone Shares Thoughtful Testimony After Johnny Dare Show Departure
Kansas City mainstream media proves exceptionally arduous as traditional broadcast outlets transform amid the social media & Internets era.
Last year, we noted the departure of a fan favorite cast member from the Johnny Dare Show and recently there’s an important follow-up to the story that was recently disclosed.
A few things to consider . . .
– Johnny Dare still has hundreds of thousands of fans but he’s no longer the “king of Kansas City radio” because fewer people listen to terrestrial radio altogether. Even some of this most loyal followers come by way of social media rather than tune into old school broadcasts when satellite and Internets streaming offer much more pleasant listening experiences.
– The Johnny Dare fan base is quickly greying. As people get older their musical tastes change and modern day “hard rock” seems to be in a bit of a lull with fewer super bands and top ranking performers atop the charts. This will likely change given the cyclical nature of the music industry . . . In fact, Johnny Dare enjoyed a surprising late-career uptick in popularity thanks to a resurgence of hard rock music around the early 2010s when record companies realized that legions of white dudes in the Midwest didn’t want to solely listen to R&B & hip-hop like their East & West coast counterparts.
– Keith Jordan aka T-Bone really does have a remarkable connection with audiences. There’s was a clever twist apparent in his on-air persona wherein a very introspective and nearly philosophical person hid behind a character that typically served as a punchline.
Accordingly . . .
Here’s the passages that stood out in T-bone’s recent social media testimony.
First . . .
He offers fans a peek behind contract negotiations . . .
“That’s when it was made apparent I was not really an actual member of the team. I was just there to run equipment and play a character to verbally beat on. At that point it was like a real slap in the face. So I decided to ride my contract out for a little while then figure out something else.”
And then . . .
He shares a look back at his radio career and what might be a tease for a triumphant return . . .
“Do I miss it? After 27 years yes to a point. Do I regret it? No I feel I made the right decision. My only regret is that I was stupid and didn’t keep copies of my old audio from Florida and other bits we did.”
Read the whole thing from a public post T-Bone shared with fans that’s garnering a great deal of interest and support . . .
T-Bone: “It’s crazy to think that it’s coming up on one year since I left the radio. I still get asked if I will decide to return since I was kinda vague on why exactly I left . . .”
Developing . . .
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