Review of Mike Morin's Fifty Shades of Radio

A popular NH radio personality "tears away the tinsel" of his job



If you have to get up at an ungodly hour to be at work, it better be worth it, right? For Mike Morin it is — and has been for the 42 years he's been doing it. After stints at 15 radio stations around the country, he's now the morning man at WZID-FM, entertaining along with co-host Tracy Caruso what he calls his "second family."

The life of a radio personality tends to be, well, different. And Morin's is no exception. In his recently released professional memoir, "Fifty Shades of Radio: True Stories of a Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired" [Plaidswede Publishing, $19.95] he takes the reader behind the scenes to see the oddities and the hijinks that are rampant in radioland. There are also the celebrities — Tiny Tim one of the most memorable, the strangest, for Morin — that migrate to microphones for interviews. Heady stuff for most, but for radio personalities, just another day.

At the start of the book Morin provides a handy "By the Numbers" that includes "times fired," "number of F bombs dropped" on his show and "times I was buried alive." It foreshadows the stories of a man who has had experiences others could only imagine, starting with driving 400 miles round-trip on weekends for his first radio job and getting paid $16 for his efforts.

Morin's memoir is very well-written and great fun, showing the passion of a man who clearly loves what he does.

           

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