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Air Staff: Marty Green

Thursday morning co-host
 
 
Marty Green started in commercial radio at age 18 at WEAW in Evanston, Illinois, while also working for United Artists Pictures in public relations.  He was the youngest Program Director in South Carolina in 1962 and this is where he began his sales career at WORG.  Marty came to Wisconsin in 1966 in Sales at WLUK-TV in Green Bay, and he served as on-field producer for Green Bay Packers pre-season, state-wide telecasts.
 

The remainder of Marty’s career was spent in Eau Claire from 1976 to 2003.  He was the National Sales Manager for Central Radio Group, and during his tenure with WAXX, the station won both a CMA and Marconi Station of the Year award.  On the programming side, Marty served as General Manager of WAYY and WEAQ.  Marty brought News/Talk Radio to Western Wisconsin in 1990 on WAYY.  He served on the board of directors of the WBA for 11 years and was Chairman in 1997, in addition to sering on the board of the National Association of Talk Show Hosts in the 1990s.  In 2006, Marty was elected to The Wisconsin Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame after a 40+ year career in Illinois, Texas, South Carolina, and the last 30+ years in Wisconsin.

After his retirement in 2003, Marty formed Marsan Consulting to work with small-market, independently-owned radio stations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.  Marty has loved broadcasting since he was five years old and continues to mentor many young broadcasters.  He also served on the Eau Claire Redevelopment Board and was twice president of the Eau
Eau Claire Optimist Club.

Besides radio, Marty (Mr. Cub) has a passion for BASEBALL.  He served as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods Baseball League, and also continues to volunteer for various charitable organizations in the Chippewa Valley.  He was Co-Chair of MAJEC Movement for an Affordable Jail in Eau Claire in 2010.

Marty's Musings

The thoughts of NewsTalk 790 Today Thursday co-host Marty Green.
  • THE MUSIC YOU GREW UP WITH

    Usually my Blogs have something to do with marketing. However, at age 72, my wife and I try to stay active and try to enjoy the wonderful state of Wisconsin as much as possible.

    They say you usually enjoy the music you grew to love as a teenager all your life. Well I can say that not only my teenager years but the years I was a DJ in Texas…South Carolina and Wisconsin was my music.

    My dad Doc Green had a band and introduced me to the likes of Dorsey…Miller…Basie and of course Sinatra…Ella…and in 1955 I discovered a new kind of music when I heard “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” by a guy with a spit curl in BILL HALEY and His Comets.

    Our weekend started in Arcadia, Wisconsin, where Ashley Furniture was born.  Ashley is a very civic-minded company, and about 8 years started an event called “ASHLEY FOR THE ARTS,” and I and our great friends…The Holtans…Bouleys and Murphys journeyed to attend on a picture-perfect Frday.

    Every years Ashley brings in top notch entertainment like The Beach Boys and great local groups like “The Memories.”

    Well this year the headliner {cost of admission is $5}…you read right, was
    81-year-old Jersey Boy…FRANKIE VALLI and the FOUR SEASONS. The Four Seasons included some members of the Musical THE JERSEY BOYS plus the incredible CHICAGO HORN Section. Plus a SOUND system that was truly unbelievably clear even in the back row of about 25,000 fans.

    Frankie sang every one of his hits. If you saw JERSEY BOYS or read the book, I hope he is still not paying off Mr DeVito' Gambling Debt. In the movie Bob Gaudio tells Frankie “You’ll be working 'till your 80 to pay back that money.” Frankie, like his idol Sinatra, has had his ups and downs, but thanks to his loyal fans…he is still making us clap and stomp our feet to “THE MUSIC WE GREW UP WITH.”

    The evening started with a special award to a great backer of the arts -- and man I
    have admired as a fellow broadcaster -- in Hall of Famer Dick Record of La Crosse.
    Congratulations Dick for all you have done for the Coulee Region and beyond.

    Well for almost 2 great hours non-stop, Frankie Valli put on a performance for the ages. I have seen Sinatra…Elvis…Diana Ross…Tom Jones…Huey Lewis…The Beach Boys…Tony Bennett in person. Remember Frankie is 81 {his voice was great at 4 PM in a sound check}. It was still fabulous at 10 PM during 3 encores…..to 25,000 cheering fans, many my age or older. He was THE BEST…THANK YOU FRANKIE. In 1962 I was one of the first DJs to play “SHERRY” on WORG’s Top 60 in Dixie.

    Frankie sang every one of his many hits. If you saw Jersey Boys…in it Bob Gaudio tells Frankie when he decides to pay off the gambling debts of Four Seasons member DeVito. You’ll be singing 'till you're 80.

    He is still singing strong 2 hours after the concert began. And many of us in our 70s clapping along. TO THE MUSIC WE GREW UP WITH. Sure sounded like it Friday in Arcadia, WI.

    Like his hero Sinatra…He has had his ups and downs {daughter died, etc.}. His loyal fans have stayed with him all these years later.

    This was a night to remember and a big thank you to Ron Wanek President of Ashley Furniture who designed the beautiful Memorial Park as a tribute to our Men and women in the our military.

    We topped off the weekend with a few days on the MISSISSIPPI River with our great friends Bob and Colleen Holtan of Decorah {Former WAXX/WAYY GM}, and we even ran into former WEAU GM Cheri Weinke and great CUB fan husband Paul at Slipperys in Wabasha, Minnesota..

    My message to all of…Enjoy Life…Enjoy the region of the country you Read More
  • ATTITUDE AND POSITIVE THINKING

    Via Marty Green

    Make a game of finding something positive in every situation. 95% of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself.

    Optimism is one quality more associated with success And happiness than any other. So Dream Big Dreams!  At 5 years of age I already had an idea of what my goal would be. Radio -- yes, even at that age. I wasn’t the best student but I set my course towards things that would teach me what it takes in this crazy business called broadcasting. Read More

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