If you stick around this business long enough you make a lot of acquaintances and if you’re lucky, a few very good friends.
One of my oldest friends in the business is Rad Berky. We first worked together on the late shift at WPOP radio in 1975, when it was an all-news station. Rad made a name for himself as a top notch investigative reporter in Miami, and not long ago, moved to the NBC station in Charlotte.
On Tuesday, he got national attention for his interview with Alvin Greene, a most unusual candidate for U.S. Senate. Here’s the deal.Vodpod videos no longer available.
I emailed Rad, asking how he kept a straight face while Greene howled away.
He replied: “I owe it all to you. Remember the overnights at WPOP?” And then he reminded me of an incident in which I tried to make him laugh while he read a “breaking story.” (Hey, it was after midnight.)
I was 23 at the time. Seems like yesterday.