WMEX (was AM stereo WLYN)
Sun May 28 23:52:11 EDT 2006
Dan Strassberg wrote:
>WROW's (then) owner, Harry L Goldman, decided that the name
>Arnold Friedman just sounded too Jewish for his station. I guess advertisers
>could buy time without ever finding out that the station was owned by a guy
>named Goldman but they had to know that one of the announcers was named
>Friedman. I wonder whether there were any conversations between sales staff
>and advertisers that went something like : "A Jew? at OUR station? Oh, you
>must mean that guy Friedman. No, things just didn't work out with him. He's
Strange but there are still people concerned about the stereotype.
While slightly off topic but still on the same subject, I had a similar
situation happen to me during a consulting gig a few years ago. I was
down in Queens consulting for two Orthodox Jewish gentlemen who had just
closed their sweater mill and were considering turning it into an
entertainment complex which would have included a movie theatre. Late
into the afternoon they kind of pigeon holed me into a corner and asked
me, quite seriously, if I thought it would be a problem for them getting
into the entertainment business because they were Jews. I had to
explain to them it was more difficult for me being a non-Jew.
Apparently these guys hadn't heard of Speilberg, Louis B Meyer, and the
other 80% of Hollywood.
Brian T. Vita, President
Cinema Service & Supply, Inc.
77 Walnut St - Ste 4
Peabody, MA 01960-5691 USA
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