Bill Heltemes, Atlantic Records

So I’m at the copier like at 6am, making copies of my newscast for the morning show. Someone taps me on the shoulder, I about hit the roof, and it’s a big blue fairy with a mustache. Bill Heltemes was visiting all his area markets to service stations with the new Lou Gramm song, Midnight Blue. How he got onto the third floor I don’t know, as you usually needed a key. We had great label reps and I got on great with all of ’em. When the Reds would lose to the Braves, the late great Linda Alter of Arista would hotline me from Atlanta and just tear me apart.



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