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Writing for TV...CMA Nominees...9/11 Weekend

Sep 10 | Posted by: Bill Whyte |

The weekend done snuck up on us again.



I wrote with Scott Barrier on the computer. I’m doing quite a bit more “face to face” writing again but still a fair amount of m appointments are online as yesterdays was. Scott made my job easy as he had a start on an idea with thoughts of trying to get a “sync” license which means trying to land the song on TV or in a movie. In this case he was specific, as he was trying to target the TV show Yellowstone with Kevin Costner…or that shows prequel OR sequel, all of which are in the works right now. The nice thing about landing a syn license is the for the most part the payout to the writer is greater that what a writer would get collecting royalties on songs, unless of course that song is a big hit. So a long of songwriters in this town have turned their attention to writing or trying to write songs for TV, commercials, and movies. We’ll see what happens with this one, but it was fun taking a crack at it with Scott yesterday.



I was to be a on plane this weekend headed for Texas but that’s changed. The good news is that one of the dates our “Evening in the Round” show with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and I was scheduled for at Dosey Doe’s “The Big Barn” has been re-scheduled. I should be able to announce the new date here come Monday morning. Stay tuned.



Heck of an opening game for the NFL last night with a last-minute drive from guess who to win the game for Tampa Bay over Dallas. How old is Tom Brady? Dude still plays like he’s 26 or something. Both teams looked good though last night, and it was a heck of a way to kick off the NFL season. And the stands were full!  That old kid playing QB threw for 379 yards last night and FOUR touchdowns. Same ole same ole same.


Baseball is still my favorite sport…for most it’s football. I love football but have not seen all that many football games “live”. I think it’s because I like watching football on TV more. With baseball it’s just the opposite. I’d rather sit in the stands with a cold beer and a hot dog. In fact, I was trying to think of the first NFL football game I saw in person. It was a Bengals game when I was in Cincinnati when they were on a playoff run headed for the Super Bowl that I helped cover in Miami when Joe Montana made that last second drive against Boomer Esaison and the boys. That was exciting for sure. But for the most part I like it on the big screen. Here’s to a great season.



Fauci is now saying cases are 16 times too high to end the pandemic. To that, the President has now mandated a plan that will cover two thirds of all workers. Maybe 100 million folks getting vaccinated if they want to work. We’ll see how that goes down.


LA is poised to mandate student vaccinations in the nation’s largest school district. It would be the largest school district in the country by far to do so. Meanwhile, an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage had to be diverted when multiple passengers refused to wear their masks onboard. That will get more expensive as the TSA just announced they are doubling the fines for that. $500-$1000 for the first offense. Second offense will cost ya between $1,000-$3,000.


And speaking of the whole mask thing. A new study by the Southern Medical Journal claims that mask mandates did not reduce covid transmission or the severity of that in the 4th largest county in Texas. Anybody really know what the truth is on that?



To all of this year’s CMA nominees. The list came out yesterday with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton being nominated the most. The biggest snubs were that Keith Urban was not nominated for the first time since 2013 for anything. And Carrie Underwood who has had a banner year was not nominated for Female Vocalist. The CMA Awards show comes up November 21st.


I do have to thank the folks at the CMA. Not only was I blessed to win a CMA Award once, but the CMA Award show inspired what would be the first song of mine being recorded in Nashville. It happened one year when they kept running dancers out on stage with the likes of Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack. I sat down and promptly wrote, “If George Strait Starts Dancing, Somebody Shoot Me in The Head” that Cledus T Judd recorded. Cledus and his producer Chris Clark also helped finish writing that song. So thank you CMA!



Man, I used to get a lot of those bad boys. Migraines. The kind that really hurt. I’ve had them so severe in the past that they had me running to the bathroom to throw up. Hurts. Fortunately, that stopped years ago, and I’ve never quite figured out why. But anytime I hear someone say they have a “migraine” I flinch and remember that pain. Well now a company has developed a Migraine Relief Cap that has an ice pack in it that you can wear that they say helps alleviate the pain. I have no idea if it really works, but I’d buy one right now if I started having those kind of head pounders again. I’d put ice cube in it myself. Then when I need one or two for my glass of sweet tea I could reach up and grab a cube or two. Dual-purpose.



That was the article headline I saw this morning. There are ways to quit a job, and ways not to quit a job. And the ways to quit are what one would think. Give advance notice at the top of the list. Employers will tell you they don’t get that all the time. As one for hire sign reads, “Now hiring people who will show up to work”.


I’ve worked jobs I hated when I was young but only quit the wrong way once in my lifetime. I was 17 or 18 working one summer before college in a factory. Imagine me working in a factory. I can’t even tell you what I was sandblasting every day wearing rubber gloves. Automotive part is all I know. The same task over and over and over and over again. For creative brain folks, that’s pretty much a death sentence. And with maybe a week left to go on that job before going to college, I dropped my gloves, walked out, never gave notice, and never went back. I was lucky to find radio and music could make me a living shortly after that. Should not have done that of course. But I didn’t miss that job, and I don’t think they missed me either. Worked out good for both of us. But if I had to do it over again, I’d give them notice.



For Wheel of Fortune fans, you got good news. Pat Sajak and Vanna White just signed new contracts to stay with the show through the year 2024. Before this new contract Vanna was making 10 million per year to turn the letters, and Pat was earning 15 million to host. I don’t see either of them dropping their gloves and walking away from their jobs.



That’s tomorrow. A memory that none of us will forget. I spent a very long day on the radio that day describing the event as best I could, talking to listeners (some who were scared and crying) and tried to make sense somehow of what was happening and at the same time trying to be a small voice of comfort for our listeners on WSM-FM. I always tell folks it was the best AND worst day of my broadcast career. May we never ever forget.


I have an afternoon consulting-writing session with a guy who used to listen to my radio show in Cincinnati back in the day. I’m part of a team of writers with Songwriting Pro that songwriter Brent Baxter owns that allows those who want to learn to write better sign up and do so online. So, I’ll be trying to help Rick polish up a drinking song idea he wants to tackle today. That should be interesting.


Have a great weekend.





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