I had a big appearance this weekend at a Ralphs in West L.A. I stood behind a table under our red KOST tent, giving away tee-shirts and concert tickets, and helping hand out samples of delicious Boar's Head meats and cheeses. I came prepared with a stack of "jock cards" with my picture, and a nice, new black Sharpie in my pocket, ready to sign them.
It didn't take long before a nicely dressed woman approached our tent in the parking lot. "Where's Mark?" she asked?
"He's not here today, sorry!" I said
"How about Kristin?"
"Not today, sorry! How are you doing today?"
"I like Mark and Kristin!" she said with a sad look. "Who are you?"
"I'm Bruce, I'm the afternoon deejay!" I smiled my cheery "great to meet you" smile (shown here) She didn't reply with words, but wrinkled her face in look that said "I think I smell a rotting goat carcass" and shook her head and just walked away.
A quick-thinking promotion assistant working with me asked me to sign one of my cards, then followed her to her car and handed it to her. "Maybe she'll listen to you some time, " he hopefully suggested.
A few minutes later, a big older car with a couple young men pulled up in front of our tent. "Hey, KOST radio!!!" one of them shouted out the car window. "Is that Karen Sharp?" one asked excitedly, pointing to the attractive 20-year-old next to me, another KOST promotion assistant.
"No, Karen's not here today," I explained. I approached the car, and one of the guys told me all about the night he'd done a dedication on Karen's show, and his big plans for his next "Love Songs" request. I sent them home with some Chris Mann concert tickets and a KOST frisbee.
And so it went. We ate a lot of delicious Boar's Head samples, and the frisbees were a big hit. No demand for Bruce Scott autograph cards ever developed, but there's one lucky lady out there who has one, which may someday be used in an emergency to scrape something off the car window.
I'm not disappointed about any of this. Mostly just amused, and honored to work with people who have become, over decades of hard work, fixtures in the lives of so many people in L.A. I'm still the "New Guy" at KOST, I guess, and that's okay. It's a good place to be the new guy!