Boortz Made An Impact And Will Be Missed
Greg Moceri is a good friend of Neal Boortz and has worked with "The Talkmaster" since 1993. Moceri says Boortz went out on top and on his own terms "and that's quite a feat in our business." Moceri says Boortz was a great friend and host who will revel in this next chapter of his life with (his wife) Donna but, if he wanted, would be welcomed back to the microphone. Moceri spoke to Radio Ink about his friend Neal Boortz who retired this past Friday after more than 40 years behind the mic.
What was it like working for/around/with Neal Boortz?
All in all, stimulating in every sense of the word. NEVER a dull day in the Boortz world. Neal has the energy and mischief of a 16-year-old, married to the IQ of the smartest person you might want to meet. He could make you mad and make you laugh, in the same five-minute segment on the air. One of the best things about Neal, he rarely met a day in which he ran out of interesting stories and things to say on the air.
One of those rare personalities that seemed to know a lot about so many things and he could connect with listeners so well by the incredible storytelling he possesses, as he led you through unmistakable opinion, all the juicy details in between, and always, a grand conclusion. Neal has always been his own guy, had the magic sauce of unpredictability, never a sworn allegiance to one side of the aisle or the other, but was always mindful that he was in the business of growing his audience and delivering a highly saleable product.
Programmers in our business are fond of saying hosts need to be informative and entertaining. Neal defined it; and being connected with that kind of great content made all of us who worked with him so much better in our own roles.
Is he going to miss being on the radio?
Oh heck yeah. Neal's one of a kind. Best compliment I can say about Neal's show, it was truly a daily must-listen. A habit that was part of many people's lives. I think he will miss having that connection but I also know he and his wife Donna are feeling like this is the start of the next part of their lives and looking forward to being together traveling and enjoying their good health. He sure won't miss getting up at 5a.m. every morning but he'll miss the Boortz patented process of agitating and stimulating his listeners and co-workers! He'll still be able to play in the sandbox a bit going forward -- daily commentaries and doing some "fill in" work for Herman Cain. That will keep him still tasting his love for talk radio.
What do you think his impact will be on talk radio?
Being that one guy who always laid out what a lot of people were thinking but were afraid to say. The Church of the Painful Truth, one of his show's position, was born out of his ability to be fearless in cutting through people's sensitivity radar to get to the core of an issue. As a result, "Did you hear what Boortz said today?" was a question he made common.
Tell us something about Neal people might not know.
Well, despite all of his bold and brash opinions on the air, and all that bravado that was "on" all the time, Neal has a big heart. From flying his airplane to getting kids to hospitals to generosity to loyal staff to being very involved with his wife Donna's Foundation. He was quiet on this front but Neal feels firm about giving people a lift up.
Read more coverage of the Boortz final day HERE at the Atlanta Journal Constitution
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