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Self-Syndication is Berry, Berry Good

TALKERS | May 15, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

Meet Michael Berry

LOS ANGELES — Granted, it doesn’t quite convey the magnitude of Howard Stern’s “King of All Media” bravado, but “Czar of Talk Radio” is the tongue-in-cheek manner Michael Berry refers to himself. “If President Obama can name a czar for everything, then I’m the ‘Czar of Talk Radio,’” Berry reasons.

The moniker took off when he started it four years ago and Berry has capitalized on it. “Other talk hosts say they wish they branded it before I did.”

 

Bug Bites

Not distributed in major syndicator fashion, Berry is nonetheless cobbling together a modestly growing roster of affiliates for his daily Houston-based talk program.

Making the feat further impressive is that when the now 42-year-old Berry enrolled at the University of Houston, where he would later be elected student body president, his sights were set on being a courtroom lawyer. “I went to the University of Texas School of Law, and I got another law degree in England,” notes Berry, whose weekday talk shows originate from Clear Channel-owned KTRH. “I came back and wanted to practice law.”

Drawn into politics, Berry became Houston’s Mayor pro tem.

As his third, two-year term expired in 2005, Clear Channel approached Berry about becoming a talk host. “I had no idea how rewarding such an experience could be,” he remarks. “I recognized the power to communicate a message. As I was working on things at City Hall, I could see how you could craft a message and get immediate feedback. It was better than a town hall meeting.”

That was how the radio bug bit Berry when he was an adult; however, there was prior history of him becoming hooked. Growing up in southeast Texas, he would ride his bike to a tiny radio facility that played oldies. “They let me pick some of the songs,” he recounts. “I became somewhat of an expert on 1950s and 1960s music. I remember the fascination I had that you could say the phone number and people would call in. It might have been just for a turkey giveaway, but there was an intimate connection.”

Positive introduction to the medium notwithstanding, the notion that Berry would be a radio personality with a national profile is something he finds extremely surprising. “I would have expected a career in 10 other things before radio,” he exclaims. “I didn’t know you could make any money at it and I didn’t look at it as a real job. When I was a kid, I thought people did radio as a hobby. The idea there is a business model behind this passion is almost like cheating. This is what kids do for free.”

Intriguing Experiment

Frequent talk show guest Berry transitioned to host when he replaced Glenn Beck in Houston, although Berry declares, “That was 30 days before Glenn went to CNN and he just exploded. We cannot forget that this is a business. A number of syndicated shows do not make a penny for local stations. My show was local and I could talk about local issues.”

Approximately two years after Berry launched his talk show, the operations manager for Clear Channel’s three Houston AM outlets departed. Management approached Berry, indicating they wanted someone outside of radio to assume programming reins for KTRH, talk KPRC, and sports KBME. It was “an experiment” and Berry explains, “If it didn’t work out, I knew I would be fired in six months. They were very clear about that.”

Simultaneous with this internal station activity, Houston was becoming one of the country’s first PPM markets. “Within three months, I knew as much about PPM as anyone else in America,” Berry states. “I learned the radio business more from a programmer’s perspective, as opposed to those who learn it as a [talent-turned-programmer].”

Given carte blanche since day one, Berry was not intimidated by the steep learning curve facing him as a first-time radio programmer. “I was able to ask questions without having to pretend I knew the answers,” he points out. “I told people I didn’t know anything about how to measure shares, quarter-hours, or time spent listening, but I would learn by asking. Legends in the programming world were patient with me because they knew I was not a threat to them.”

Among the multitude of lessons Berry learned was that programmers tended to say shows were good – or bad – based on personal preferences, rather than audience reaction. “I do not eat at McDonald’s or watch NASCAR, but millions of other people do,” he acknowledges. “If there is a market for a product, let it flourish. Network television would not take [AMC's] ‘Mad Men’ or [A&E's] ‘Duck Dynasty,’ but look at the cult following and financial viability those shows have. Radio has to understand there can be room in the space for many different shows: It does not have to be just Rush [Limbaugh] or Sean [Hannity].”

Implementing a number of PPM-related nuts-and-bolts elements he learned such as how to retain listeners through breaks and how to tease topics, Berry’s program took off, prompting him to relinquish programming duties to further his own on-air efforts.

Battling Listener Fatigue

Word spread and Clear Channel vice president/Portland market manager Robert Dove inquired about Berry’s endeavor. “Someone mentioned that I was ‘southern fried,’ but listeners either love me or hate me,” Berry comments.

Three months later, Dove bestowed a go on Berry’s show for Clear Channel, Portland’s KEX, making it his first affiliate. “I went there and nurtured personal relationships,” he explains. “I met local businesspeople and followed Portland politics. Although an unlikely market for us, it is a programming and sales success. From there, it became a lot easier to pick up new markets.”

In addition to speaking to affiliate programmers as often as possible, Berry allocates one week a month for travel. “In the two and a half years my show has been on in Portland, I’ve been there four times,” he points out. “I am trying to replicate small town radio on a case-by-case basis. I do not want to be so removed from listeners that they do not know me. Obviously, that becomes a struggle when you add more markets. My show is provocative and will ruffle some feathers, so I don’t want to homogenize it or dumb it down to the lowest common denominator. [Clear Channel vice president/Houston market manager] Eddie Martiny is my biggest P1 listener and he has really promoted me.”

Qualitative composition is not as much of a concern as the quantitative aspect to Berry, who “would love” to have a “diverse audience of engaged listeners” across a wide spectrum, but he stresses that he is “comfortable” that, “Talk radio skews whiter, older, and more toward men. I do not think we should push older listeners out to bring in younger ones. I am mindful that we have one auditorium to serve people 30 years old [as well as those who are] 80. There is a balance to draw there. Unfortunately, some trade publications attack the fact that talk radio tends to have an older listener base. That does not suggest the death of talk radio – it suggests the maturation process of human beings. The older we get, the more conscious we are of certain matters.”

Sensing there may be fatigue for politics on talk radio, Berry maintains his show is “less political” than what many of his counterparts offer. “When I talk politics, I mean it but I try to connect with people on a base level, rather than on a political level,” he insists. “We may brush across a topic but then connect on a more personal level. I can talk for 15 minutes at a time in my ‘Food Porn’ segments about chicken fried steak and my grandmother’s cornbread. That is how you can broaden your audience and attract more women.”

Difference-Maker

Southern by nature, Berry hunts, fishes, and is proud of his drawl. “I have not tried to change any of that and I don’t think I should,” he remarks. “There is a fascination about all things southern, including cuisine and music. I do not try to hide where I am coming from or who I am. Audiences got a sense of authenticity from the fact that I am a redneck at heart. Programmers sometimes get it wrong by wanting to make a show in ‘everywhere America’ and that makes it in ‘nowhere America.’ We should celebrate our biases and dialects.”

A major turning point for Berry’s show came when the home of a 93-year-old Marine veteran with two Purple Hearts was destroyed. Making matters even worse, that happened just two weeks after he had buried his wife. “I had him on the air at 8:00 am,” Berry states, “and by 2:00 pm, 60 different contractors were at his house.”

Within three weeks, the man’s property had been completely rebuilt. “It was over $250,000 worth of work and $50,000 in cash donations,” Berry remembers. “More importantly, it brought a community together and gave us a sense that we had made a difference.”

For a three-hour period, the power of radio resembled a radio-thon. “One person called to say he had the flooring – another volunteered the fencing,” Berry notes. “It was an amazing display of community support. People wanted to help and radio was the medium.”

Nonstop Day

Typically up by 5:30 am, Berry prepares his 8:00 am -11:00 am KTRH broadcast that later airs on KEX (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm). Comedy bits are produced every day and he admits that, “Some are hits and some are stupid.”

After a full day of business meetings and parental chores, he is usually back at KTRH by 4:15pm readying his second show of the day, a two-hour broadcast, that is fed to his other affiliates.

Common thread regarding the station roster – San Antonio’s WOAI, Nashville’s WLAC, Birmingham’s WERC, Albany, New York’s WGY, Baton Rouge’s WJBO, Beaumont, Texas’ KLVI, and Waco, Texas’ KWTX – is that all are Clear Channel-owned talk properties. The other affiliate, Atlanta’s WGST, will pick up Berry’s 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm program when the station returns to talk next month. “I usually call a client, market manager, or PD during my drive home,” the indefatigable Berry remarks.

Dinner with his wife of 21 years and their two sons they adopted from Ethiopia is followed by email correspondence and resetting the preparation process for the next morning’s show. “For exactly 40 years, my dad was a maintenance worker,” points out Berry, who made a meteoric 28-notch jump from #95 on Talkers’ 2012 “Heavy Hundred” to #67 in 2013. “He worked at a job he hated, but what I do is fun. I get to talk to cool people on the radio. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”

No other on-air talent has helped Berry more than Mark Levin, of whom Berry explains, “He took an interest in me early on and he has let me guest-host his show dozens of times. When I was under a firestorm for something I said on the air, Sean Hannity reached out to me. I will never forget that he called when I was on vacation in Austin and he walked me through crisis management. He does things like that behind the scenes a lot more than most people realize.”

Regrettably, the industry has a tendency to measure talk radio hosts based on number of affiliates. At least for now though, Berry does not evaluate it that way. “One day we will, hopefully, have a huge footprint, but more than anything, I want to retain complete creative control over a show that people like,” he emphasizes. “Even with technological advancements, I found there is nothing as intimate as the oldest form of media – radio. Talk radio is not background or passive. To this day, I am always mindful when someone talks about my children and my wife as if they know them. That is a constant reminder of this intimate connection that we have with listeners.”


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OK BHblue.  You in?  I am


 
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We've officially booked Merle Haggard to play on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at YOUR Redneck Country Club, and we couldn't be more thrilled. (Before you say it, NO this is NOT an April Fool's joke!) A big thank you goes out to Patriot Oilfield Services, Jimerson Underground, and SMI Machine Tools for being the presenting sponsors of this show!  
 
TICKETS WILL BE RELEASED AT 9 AM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH. 
 
As a member of the RCC, you are being given the first shot at purchasing tickets to the show. We expect to sell out very quickly, so buy them now while they're still available! They're going to go FAST, and being a member has its privileges. YOU are getting this announcement before anyone else! We will announce these ticket sales to the public on Friday, January 30th. Make sure you've got your tickets purchased before then to guarantee availability.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: 
We are taking a different approach to ticket sales for this very special show. There will be NO dance floor inside in order to make more room for seats, and all SEATS will be assigned. There will also be standing room only tickets sold. The ticket pricing and seating arrangements are as follows, and there is also a seat map to show you the layout of the room. There are NO REFUNDS on tickets, but they are transferrable. 
 
JERRY'S PLACE - ASSIGNED SEATS - $250 each
Jerry's Place is the area to the side of the stage with the orange and white trailer. It's named for our dear friend Jerry McGill.
These seats are ASSIGNED to the ticket holder, NOT first come, first served. A complimentary light buffet will also be available for ticket holders in this area. 

JERRY'S PLACE - STANDING ROOM ONLY - $200 each
Jerry's Place is the area to the side of the stage with the orange and white trailer. It's named for our dear friend Jerry McGill.
These tickets are STANDING ROOM ONLY in Jerry's Place, which allows much more room and a better view. A complimentary light buffet will also be available for ticket holders in this area. 

MAIN FLOOR - ROWS 1 - 5; $250 each, ROWS 6 - 10; $200 each
All seats on the main floor of the inside area will be ASSIGNED based on your ticket purchase. 
 
BAR BANQUETTE - $150 each
This is the banquette area along the wall directly behind the bar, which is one of the best seats in the house. You'll have an ASSIGNED seat on one of the banquettes with a table and very easy access to the bar! 

GENERAL ADMISSION - Standing Room Only - $100 each
This ticket is STANDING ROOM ONLY. There is no seat included with this ticket, but you will have an excellent view of the stage from anywhere in the room.
We couldn't be prouder that Mr. Haggard chose our venue over all the other venues in Houston to play, and we cannot thank you enough for your support of the RCC and what it is. YOU are the reason we're here.
 
Jess DeSham Timmons
President
The RCC

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January 24,  2015
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We've officially booked Merle Haggard to play on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at YOUR Redneck Country Club, and we couldn't be more thrilled. (Before you say it, NO this is NOT an April Fool's joke!) A big thank you goes out to Patriot Oilfield Services, Jimerson Underground, and SMI Machine Tools for being the presenting sponsors of this show!  
 
TICKETS WILL BE RELEASED AT 9 AM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH. 
 
As a member of the RCC, you are being given the first shot at purchasing tickets to the show. We expect to sell out very quickly, so buy them now while they're still available! They're going to go FAST, and being a member has its privileges. YOU are getting this announcement before anyone else! We will announce these ticket sales to the public on Friday, January 30th. Make sure you've got your tickets purchased before then to guarantee availability.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: 
We are taking a different approach to ticket sales for this very special show. There will be NO dance floor inside in order to make more room for seats, and all SEATS will be assigned. There will also be standing room only tickets sold. The ticket pricing and seating arrangements are as follows, and there is also a seat map to show you the layout of the room. There are NO REFUNDS on tickets, but they are transferrable. 
 
JERRY'S PLACE - ASSIGNED SEATS - $250 each
Jerry's Place is the area to the side of the stage with the orange and white trailer. It's named for our dear friend Jerry McGill.
These seats are ASSIGNED to the ticket holder, NOT first come, first served. A complimentary light buffet will also be available for ticket holders in this area. 

JERRY'S PLACE - STANDING ROOM ONLY - $200 each
Jerry's Place is the area to the side of the stage with the orange and white trailer. It's named for our dear friend Jerry McGill.
These tickets are STANDING ROOM ONLY in Jerry's Place, which allows much more room and a better view. A complimentary light buffet will also be available for ticket holders in this area. 

MAIN FLOOR - ROWS 1 - 5; $250 each, ROWS 6 - 10; $200 each
All seats on the main floor of the inside area will be ASSIGNED based on your ticket purchase. 
 
BAR BANQUETTE - $150 each
This is the banquette area along the wall directly behind the bar, which is one of the best seats in the house. You'll have an ASSIGNED seat on one of the banquettes with a table and very easy access to the bar! 

GENERAL ADMISSION - Standing Room Only - $100 each
This ticket is STANDING ROOM ONLY. There is no seat included with this ticket, but you will have an excellent view of the stage from anywhere in the room.
We couldn't be prouder that Mr. Haggard chose our venue over all the other venues in Houston to play, and we cannot thank you enough for your support of the RCC and what it is. YOU are the reason we're here.
 
Jess DeSham Timmons
President
The RCC


That place looks cool. I wanna go. But I hope your not goin to the Jan. 29 show lol. Whats up with that?

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Well the ladies love the Spazmatics and that show brings them out. No I can't make it that far on a work night. I'm making an exception for Merle. Tickets on sale in 1 hour.

I'm waiting on Billie Joe Shaver and Ray Wilie Hubbard to make it back, badass. I'll be there with Lost1. Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Lee, John Anderson. Just a couple of the 200 shows they have had there in a year and half, I've only made 15 or so.

If you are married stay away from the Spazmatics, too many women there for me.

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"The RCC is the Redneck Country Club, a place where good people can relax and have a beer, a bourbon or some whiskey, and some simple vittles, while listening to a musician croon his heart out, around other like-minded people."
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FOUNDING MEMBERS NIGHT
 
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Thursday, March 5th, we are honoring our FOUNDING MEMBERS.  You get TWO FREE TICKETS, and a free drink ticket when you check in.  PLEASE RSVP here, so we can put your name and headcount on the guest list at the door.

I wanted to invite you out to say THANK YOU, and I wanted to buy you a drink.  I want you to know how much I appreciate that you supported the RCC when it was just starting, before we got all the good press. Before we had air conditioning.  When it was rough around the edges.  You believed in us, and I want to thank you that night, along with our other Founding Members.

I'm working on a pin you can wear when at the RCC that identifies you as a FM.  Hopefully I can get that done to present it to you that night when you check in.

We are also hoping to unveil the Founding Members wall that night.  Chasing down Members to get their information updated has taken far longer than we expected.  I'm ready for up to be up, and I know you are, too.  If you've NOT sent in your information, and want your name/company name on the wall, please send it (in 60 characters or less,) to rccbarinfo@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: if you are a Founding Member, but did not renew as of January 1st, 2015 (remember, we gave you the Fall of 2013 free, your membership began running Jan 2014 until the end of 2014), we are STILL inviting you.  You will always be one of our Founders, even if you choose not to renew.  Of course, we hope ALL of our Founders renew, and COME OFTEN, but either way, our gratitude is no less to those who supported us before we had our legs under us.
Corey Smith will be performing that night.  Chances are you haven't heard of him . . . .  yet.  I play his music on the show often.  He is a singer/songwriter from Georgia who sounds more folkish, and he's one of my favorites.  We were really excited when we were finally able to book him, which took us a full year.   Here is one of my favorites of his: 
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MICHAEL BERRY

The Czar of Talk Radio


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Well the ladies love the Spazmatics and that show brings them out. No I can't make it that far on a work night. I'm making an exception for Merle. Tickets on sale in 1 hour. I'm waiting on Billie Joe Shaver and Ray Wilie Hubbard to make it back, badass. I'll be there with Lost1. Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Lee, John Anderson. Just a couple of the 200 shows they have had there in a year and half, I've only made 15 or so. If you are married stay away from the Spazmatics, too many women there for me.



Some how I missed this whole thread....... Just busy I guess. I did see that Shiny Ribs is going to be a block from my work next month, will be taking in that show.


Some days just make you smile. Today is the 10 year anniversary of Chris Ledoux passing.


This came across my FB timeline from my oldest daughter, with a picture of her and Chris in OKC when she was about 7.


My favorite childhood memories are going to rodeos with my dad listening to Chris Ledoux. I am fairly certain Bareback Jack was the first song that I knew every... word to. Now Austin loves rocking out to it! So today I will jam to Chris Ledoux and wish he was still around making music.


Lets you know you might have done something right in being a parent.

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I saw the guy last week in post #9, Corey Smith.  mikec, he's from Georgia and if you ever get a chance....

Lost1 do not miss Shinyribs for any reason.....
good stuff right thar from your DD "worn out tape of Chris Ledoux"
http://www.legacy.com/ns/chris-ledoux-obituary/3267133

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I'll check into it.  My DD's do all the concert going in our family, so if he plays around here, they probably know him.
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Michael Berry right now, honoring barack obama as the greatest gun salesman in history.  You local guys 740 a.m. KTRH.  out of town Iheartradio app on your phone, stream him live.  It's worth it.  

Search for the station (740 ktrh) on your iheart, searching his name may pick up his podcasts.

 Today, barack, the great gun salesman is honored!!  Hurry

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  1. Annise Porker issuing challenge to Oakland mayor. If Houston wins, Oakland can’t riot & their mayor has to wear a pantsuit.


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Media from all over the world here tonight. I got interviewed by a Showtime crew. They wouldn't answer me who they were voting for they said they were impartial. I laughed heartily at that. Pretty good interview, if you see it, I didn't sound a lot different than I do here on this earth shaking forum.
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Several of the attendees brought their copies of Green Eggs and Ham. Wanted Cruz's daughters to sign their books, Michael Berry asked Heidi Cruz if the girls would sign them, she said "Of course".

What a great Canadian-Cuban-American story

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Friday, March 11th | WILLIE NELSON
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Hey Folks! We are so happy you were lucky enough to snag Willie Nelson Tickets!  Thank y'all for supporting our little Club.  It's because of you BIG nights like this can happen.  Tomorrow's show will certainly go down in Redneck History and YOU are a part of that!  BIG Thanks to US Coins for sponsoring Willie Nelson's show!
 
We're sending this email to you to give you a bit of information that will help make your time spent with the RCC Family (and Willie) a great one! 

NOTE: General Admission will be STANDING ROOM ONLY. All seating on the main floor has been assigned.  If you purchased one of the main floor seats you will receive the appropriate wrist band at the door.  If you purchased tickets in The Gallery Lounge, Jess' Place or the yBARra Banquets, seating is first come first serve.  ALL seating outside is first come first serve! 
 
Show Time: 
Our doors open at 6:30 PM.  Music will kick off at 7:30 PM with Devon Dawson, followed by Willie on at 8:30 PM and Special Guest Ray Wylie Hubbard closing out the night on our outdoor stage!  

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Me & Bobby McGee
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The Best of All Possible Worlds
Help Me Make It Through the Night
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A Moment of Forever
Why Me Lord
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"This is not debate class. And this is not about politeness. We're talking about the damn future of our country"

"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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"This is not debate class. And this is not about politeness. We're talking about the damn future of our country"

"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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is this guy on XM radio?
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is this guy on XM radio?


Iheart, live and podcast.  740AM Houston,  Free.  He's all over Alabama and La. also

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"This is not debate class. And this is not about politeness. We're talking about the damn future of our country"

"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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