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Dave Bear


Dave Bear, the new Swap Shop Host! Dave has been in radio for a while. His first job was hosting a Swap Shop program in Craig, CO in the the late 70's. Most recently he co-hosted the morning show on our sister station STAR 94 FM, and helped with the creation of the Shopping Show on KNCO and former sister station KUBA in Yuba City. Dave worked at KUBA for 25 years in various capacities and has lived there for nearly as long. Dave has a big family and enjoys all his kids and now grandkids. His hobbies include woodworking, and you can see his work by checking out his website www.2bearswoodshop.com.

I May Be In The Wrong Business

After doing some research I have decided I may be in the wrong business.  Okay, research may be the wrong word…the information came across my desk as part of my daily show preparation. Ready?

$5,000,000,000 will be spent on cellphone ringtones this year.  That’s a 5 followed by 9 zeros dollars.  As in 5-Billion dollars!



How do I get in this business???

I could work on this after hours.  I’d never leave this job, I have way too much fun “working” everyday.  I was out in the real world work force for a short while a couple years ago.  I didn’t much care for it, not one little bit!  But creating ringtones for cellphones?  Sounds like a great little playground to me!

I used to have different tones for different people that called me.  I put them together myself.  It took an evening of work.  It cost me nothing.  Zero, followed by zero zeros.

When I changed phones a year or two later, the ringtones didn’t transfer to the new phone and I didn’t care.  I could recreate them, but ya know what?  It really doesn’t matter to me.  There are about 2 people I get calls from that I care about.  They both had their own ringtone.  I discovered that I liked the old fashioned way of not knowing who was calling.

Remember the olden days, when the phone was attached to the wall with a cord?  You had to stand, or sit, near the phone to use it. When it rang, you never knew it it could be.  A friend calling with a fun idea, a loved one calling with a reminder, or maybe someone calling with an offer for dance lessons.  You may find this hard to believe, I used to look forward to those sales calls.  I would mess with their minds, it was fun and my family enjoyed the way I would confound the callers by denying I had a phone that needed a new service.  Ahhh, the good old days.  Now, even if you weren’t on the “Do Not Call” list, all you’d get is robo-calls.  They don’t listen, they just talk.  No fun.

Back to my point, I think I could make a killing with ringtones.  Heck, I’m not greedy….1 percent is all I’d ask of that market . . . . . . .

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