As for Rush Limbaugh, well, folks, the real reason for his success is, as alluded to above, because he is a seasoned professional radio broadcaster who knows every trick in the book to keep you hooked.

I worked with Casey Kasem when we started American Top 40 in 1970 (which, by the way, aired first in the nation here in El Cajon on KDEO radio on July 4 weekend in 1970), and he was the master of getting you to hang in there as we “counted ’em down to number one.” A pox on Ryan the Moron Seacrest. He couldn’t shine Casey’s shoes. That anyone pays any attention to this jerk is a testament to the fact that we, as a culture, have forgotten — or, worse, repudiated — true originality and creativity.

As for reinvention, or “life after radio,” well, that’s a tough one. I have finally found a business where I am the sole proprietor, answer to no idiot program director, and have nothing to do with the radio broadcasting business whatsoever — and I’ve never been happier, have fewer wrinkles, and don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn! (If some of you old-timers are guessing that this is Bill Hergonson writing, give yourself a cigar.)

Bill Hergonson
via email

Crescent Confusion

The restaurant review titled “2008: The Year in Food” (December 31) is most interesting. But I can’t find any information on the Crescent Grill, mentioned under “Best New High-End Restaurant.” There is no further information in the article on the website. Please clarify with the exact name and location. Any relation to Crescent Heights or Crescent Shores Grill?

Brad Bruce
via email

Naomi Wise responds: Mea culpa. With an early copy deadline for the New Year’s Eve issue, somehow or other the name of an L.A. restaurant seeped into my mind instead of the local one. The proper name is Crescent Heights Kitchen and Lounge, at 655 West Broadway, downtown, 619-450-6450.


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