Everybody has to start somewhere especially in the entertainment industry.   Now I work in radio and I hope I entertain you in some way.

I found something today about movie stars who got their big break in the 80’s.   That made me think of my start in radio and my big break.

I got the radio bug early in my life and in the 7th grade I won a radio contest for the craziest laugh in Memphis.  I fell in love with radio them and when the Memphis city schools opened a radio station for kids to learn I was all in.   WQOX- THE FIRST RADIO STATION ON THE FM DIAL.

But what about that big break the one that got my radio days started.

That would have to be a day when I get a call from a fellow radio student at Ricks College, he had a job at a commercial station in Rexburg and they needed help and asked me if I wanted a job.


One problem they wanted me to start that night.   PROBLEM.  I had a date set up that night to see Seals and Crofts in concert, Problem solved, she got the tickets and I got the job!   NO DATES AFTER THAT. BUT I WAS A RADIO DJ!

I was on my way to a little bit of fame!  But not so much fortune.

So let’s look back at movies in the 80 that launched stars careers

  1. Drew Barrymore“E.T.”, 1982
  2. Sean Penn“Fast Times at Ridgeon High”, 1982

One of my class mates form high school was in the film. SORT OF.   There is a scene where Mr Hand goes to the home of Jeff Spacoli and in the background there are Playboy Centerfolds tacked to the wall.   Yep – Gail is right there.  (To be honest, I knew her brother but didn’t really know her)

  1. Michael Keaton“Night Shift”, 1982
  2. Tom Cruise“The Outsiders”, 1983 (You can easily add Patrick Swayze and Matt Dillon here.  And to a lesser extent, Ralph Macho, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Diane Lane.)
  3. Nicolas Cage“Valley Girl”, 1983
  4. Nicole Kidman“BMX Bandits”, 1983
  5. Josh Brolin“The Goonies”, 1985
  6. Arnold Schwarzenegger“Conan the Barbarian”, 1982
  7. Tom Hanks“Splash”, 1984.

Ok I always Tom Hanks got his big break after the sitcom “BOOSOM BUDDIES”

  1. Johnny Depp“A Nightmare on Elm Street”, 1984
  2. Robert Downey Jr.“Weird Science”, 1985
  3. Christian Bale“Empire of the Sun”, 1987
  4. Julia Roberts“Mystic Pizza”, 1988
  5. Winona Ryder“Beetlejuice”, 1988
  6. Alan Rickman“Die Hard”, 1988

Today on the morning show.  More problems for NBC and I might go to a CUBS game

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