- Hardcover: 356 pages
- Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (Dec 14 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589851099
- ISBN-13: 978-1589851092
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
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Dave Pratt: Behind The Mic: 30 Years in Radio Hardcover – Dec 14 2010
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From the Inside Flap
Even after all of these years, I still feel the excitement when my alarm sounds at 3:30 in the morning. I still feel the desire of wanting to wake up and entertain thousands. I still feel the constant demand of leading my crew and performing at my peak level for four hours. I still feel the challenge of preparing nearly 100 hours of content every month and 1,200 hours of content every year. I still feel the need to deliver an instant punch line when my partner delivers the perfect setup. I still feel the pressure to draw large crowds to every personal appearance and of selling every personal endorsement. I still feel the responsibility of supporting my family in an industry that is unpredictable, with turbulence and turnover. I have no college degree. I have no fancy framed diploma. I have no fall back. I have no safety net. This is it. In fact, this has always been it. Sink or swim. My competitive fire still burns as hot as the day I started. The house is so quiet early in the morning. The kids are sound asleep and the only noise might be the clink of the ice machine or the wood floor cracking on a chilly winter morning. When I get out of the hot shower, I kiss my sleeping wife on the forehead and walk from my bedroom to my home office. I check the e-mails Ive received overnight to find more than 200 new messages when I scroll down my inbox. The KMLE Nation never sleeps.I put on my driving glasses, grab my truck keys, and place what I have prepared for my morning show into my briefcase. I walk through the quiet, dark house to the kitchen where Paula has brewed my coffee on the automatic timer. It is set for 4:15 a.m. She worries about me driving when I am tired. She worries even more about me stopping at some barren convenience store to get my coffee at such an odd hour. She loves me.In only forty-five minutes I will be waking up thousands. I have repeated the same ritual for nearly three decades, but I still never take it for granted. I respect my listeners and realize they can choose from among thirty-five local radio stations, countless satellite radio stations, iPods, or personal CDs. The fact listeners choose my show every morning, despite so many other options, is a huge compliment. My two producers are now arriving at the station and my morning partner will soon follow. They will have the studio customized to our liking and Stacey will have a ton of great show material, news and traffic. I am spoiled by the best crew in radio. Our fifth member, Mark Curtis from Channel12, will join us at 7:30 a.m.As I drive west on Lincoln Drive, the road gradually rises from darkness to unveil the twinkling city lights and the long skyline of downtown Phoenix. My anticipation builds as I sip my coffee and flip my radio back and forth between news and sports to get a quick fix on any updates before we begin our own radio show. Soon, I arrive on a nearly vacant Central Avenue in the fifth-largest city in America. The city is still and calm. The streets are dark and empty.It is almost 5 a.m. when I arrive at the CBS building. Still holding my coffee and briefcase, I lean backwards against the swinging door and enter the studio. I make eye contact with my crew, as we all acknowledge each other with a smile, quick hello, or a simple nod of the head. We are all good friends but our morning is too busy for casual talk. The digital clock blinks to 4:59 a.m. I sit in my high swivel chair behind the control console, and almost in unison, my entire crew puts on headphones. Its showtime. I press three switches to activate three microphones and a bright red on air light begins to flash.GOOOOOOD MORNING! Welcome to my world.Dave) (Back Cover) I salute Dave on thirty years in radio. Thats an enviable record and Dave does a sensational job. Dave Pratt is a great credit to a great industry. We love ya, Dave! - Larry King Dave battled cancer with a great deal of grace under some very trying circumstances. Truly, nice guys do finish first. - Dr. Bernard Gburek, Surgeon, Scottsdale Center for Urology Daves good spirit and humor have made him popular throughout Arizona for many years and his contributions to our state through his charity work have made him a standout in our community. Jon Kyl, United States Senator from Arizona As Arizonas original shock jock and now country radios number-one Morning Mayor, Dave Pratt has not only reinvented Arizona radio, but he has proven to be its most resilient and longest-running champion. - Dan Harkins, Harkins Theatres Dave Pratt is one of my favorite people in radio . . . grew up listening to him and I still am!! - Dierks Bentley, Capitol Recording star In truth, I cant think of Dave as the mayor of anything. Mayors come and go. Dave Pratt is forever. - Pat McMahon, icon of Arizona radio, television, and stage Before Dave, KMLE was at its lowest point. Shortly after, KMLE was number one in the entire state for radio revenue. To understand the true success of Dave Pratt, follow the money. Scott Shapiro, CBS/Phoenix producer As a frequent guest, I always enjoy my time with The Morning Mayor. Dave is truly an Arizona legend. Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano I met Dave while doing his show in Phoenix (my dear friend Waylon and his lovely wife Jessie are from there). Dave and I hit it off from the beginning. Hank Williams, Jr., country superstar Its been a great thirty years for Dave. Given his looks, radio was the right choice for him. - John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona Without question, Dave Pratt is the most prolific radio personality in the history of Arizona. - Curt Duell, CBS/Phoenix producer Dave is one of the best, a great talent and entertainer. Brad Paisley, Arista Recording star Like Jimmy Buffett, Dave Pratt does an impressive job of making the transition from rock and country star to book author this is a story thats definitely worth reading. Robert Stieve, editor, Arizona Highways
About the Author
Dave began his radio career at 16 years old on KELK in his hometown of Elko, Nevada. Dave loved growing up in a small ranch town where he lettered in baseball and basketball, and once rode a horse through a casino (it was a dare). It was 1978 when Dave performed his first air shift on KELK. This October, three decades will be celebrated with the release of his autobiography: Dave Pratt, Behind The Mic, 30 Years in Radio. The book will be released nationally from Five Star Publications. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Dave battled and triumphed over prostate cancer in 2005. After high school graduation he moved to The Valley to attend ASU. In 1981, Dave was hired by KUPD where he stayed for 2 decades and Dave Pratt in the Morning became America`s Longest Running Rock n' Roll Morning Show. In 2002, Pratt joined CBS Radio where today he hosts Dave Pratt in the Morning with Stacey Brooks on KMLE Country 108., which is now the Valley's longest running country morning show. Dave Pratt and his band have sold well over 100,000 albums and live home videos, and he has headlined to sold out shows in major venues throughout the state. He is also part owner of Alice Cooperstown in Downtown Phoenix and www.MyStreet.com. For three decades loyal Pratt listeners have raised millions of dollars for Arizona charities. In 1996, the Dave Pratt Dental Clinic for underprivileged kids was founded by The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. The clinic now serves over 6000 kids per year. Dave is thankful to his loyal listeners for an incredible ride, but he is most proud of his family including his wife of 19 years, Paula, and his 4 children.... David 14, Kyle 12, Sammy 9, and Madison 7. Dave and his family reside in Paradise Valley. Many years ago Dave promised his listeners that he would never leave Arizona. This is one Mayor who keeps a promise.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
If you know of Dave Pratt, heard of Dave Pratt or admire him for his offerings as a radio personality, this book will shed light on the man both in the limelight and behind the scenes to understand what makes him tick. Dave is a guy who loves his job in radio and who gives everything he's got to be the best. The book also clearly describes the dedication to his "loyal listeners" and his vow to give back to them for their support by answering all of their correspondence - regardless of how big the pile may be. He could hire someone to answer mail but Dave views that as unfair. He will respond to everyone personally - Even if this means working long hours into the night - night after night. There are passages describing his public appearances where he will shake hands and sign autographs until every last fan has been taken care of. Dave's character, his honesty, discipline and love definitely set him apart from any other radio personality in the business.
I live in Seattle but looked forward to my annual Arizona vacation and listening to the morning mayor whenever he was within earshot. Dave's inherent talent for new program content consistently cracked me up and he had a way of making my vacations memorable and was great to read this book and learn more about Dave outside of radio. Many may not realize Dave's love of family and the joy they bring him every day. The chapter covering his bout with cancer at such a young age - the pain this caused for his wife and kids literally had me in tears. Not only is Dave at the top of his game as a radio personality, his writing style and delivery are also second to none.
Sections of the book covering his time with The Sex Machine Band, another with memories from listeners and another describing many of his interviews with music legends was all very funny and depicted Dave Pratt exactly as I perceive him. Dave is currently on a temporary hiatus from radio and there are thousands of loyal fans who anxiously await his return. He is a gifted radio personality and any radio station fortunate to get him on board will have scored a major coup.
I read a lot of books - 50 to 60 a year and reading is definitely my passion. There are very few that have ended up on a shelf reserved for my all time favorites but Dave Pratt - 30 Years Behind The Mic is now right there amongst the cream of the crop.
Pratt fan, someone considering getting involved in the radio industry, or just find listening to the radio fun
this book is worth your time.
Pratt's journey through radio is a fun romp, not always fun and games... This book does lend itself to mainly
the good times. From promotions, interviews, and extraordinary situations behind the mic I am sure that you'll
find some hilarious moments in this book that will make you laugh.
This book is a nice way to get lost for a few hours - and see the inner workings of what makes radio successful.
1. High quality for a used book
2. Content was entertaining
3. The price was incredible
4. S&H Affordable
Even if you didn't grow up listening to him, he is a bit of a charecter (sp?), and has some pretty darn funny stories.