You can’t live in the world of talk radio without eventually having an opinion or two. Darryl Parks has lived talk radio as both a successful radio station program manager and something rather unique in the business: he’s actually a successful talk show host! You mean you can be a corporate suit and a radio personality too? Yep.
Best known for his programming and as a personality at the legendary 700WLW in Cincinnati (you’ll never hear him use the word legendary because he’ll tell you it means “old”), Darryl has set a course focused on the future of audio entertainment in traditional media (traditional means “old” too)…like television, print and radio…and in new media or as industry wonks call it “digital media.” As a consumer you receive it on a computer, an iPad or iPhone…stuff like that. When he says audio entertainment’s future will be on-demand, believe it. OK don’t believe him. Believe NetFlix.
Darryl was named Best Large Market Programmer by Radio Ink Magazine 3 times and was a runner up a bunch of times too. Darryl and the programming team of 700WLW were recognized as the Best Large Market News and Talk station by Radio & Records 4 years in a row. After a record forth year, R&R realizing 700WLW was a radio station they didn’t understand gave up and went out of business, leaving one R&R editor to ponder, “How is this possible? Only occasionally do they discuss politics and they don’t have Rush, Sean and Glenn babbling about Obama being feckless hour after hour.”
For over a dozen years Darryl’s radio show on 700WLW was consistently the most listened to show in its time period.
Darryl lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Kathie. He likes to garden and cook. Don’t hold that against him.
and lets not forget to mention cheap tasteless (bud light) draft beer ! …kind of baffles me for an otherwise brilliant tasteful guy ! lol
I stay true to my blue collar roots. I even drive a Ford. 🙂
try a 1995 Buick Skylark.an,t bad for a 19 soon to 20 yr old car.
Darryl, Excellent piece. Dick Heatherton
Darryl & Kathy, just saw your blog on Rush and talk radio. Excellent article…wishing Conrad was here to say, “That’s my old buddy Darryl.” I just shared it on facebook with my old radio peeps Fast Eddie, Big Tuna Ed Perkins, Scooter B, and Big Steve. Miss yall. Keep up the good work.
Did your beloved UC pussycats like that pounding they received from the hands of the Buckeyes. We all got a chuckle a few years ago when UC was ranked above OSU and your then station put out segments rubbing it in.
Well when they played on the field the final score told the story of who the best team in Ohio is.
Just heard your discussion on Hannity. Please, sir. Wait for all of the results to come in. When you dismissed the family’s autopsy report showing all entry wounds were from the front, and then referred to the witnesses who testified he was shot in the back, there’s a problem.
You must know that the bullet entry wounds follow the laws of physics; which means that he was facing the officer at the time of the shots. Now what was he doing at that point is still under investigation.
So, sir, please accept the laws of physics that show he was shot in the front, not in the back.
When you debated this point, it makes you sound biased with an agenda.
Considering I have never been nor plan to be a guest on Sean Hannity’s show, I think you have me confused with someone else. Are you talking about the attorney “Darryl Parks.” Ummmm. We’re not related. 🙂
Great article. Keep it up. We need to hear more voices on these issues. Especially those passionate voices who understand that radio can be so much more than what it has become.
Lou, Thank you so much. Great to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well. Darryl