The Senior Tour

Fred Couples

Being a pro golfer must be awesome. Not only do you have the chance to make millions for a career that can last 5-10 yrs longer than most professional athletes, you get a chance to finish things off on another gravy train – the Senior Tour.


You can play on the regular PGA Tour until you’re 49, once you’re 50 you’re shuffled off to the other league. No longer do guys like Fred Couples, Mark OMeara and Tom Lehman have to fight young guns like Anthony Kim, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIroy for prize purses – they get to fight guys with similar skills.

This week, I moved to the radio version of the Senior Tour. Actually, they changed the name of that circuit to The Champions Tour a few years back – I like the sound of that better.

For more than 20 years I’ve been playing the most current of current music on radio stations in Vernon, Vancouver and Calgary. I interviewed Britney before she was bald, Puffy before he was Diddy and Beyonce when she was still a Child of Destiny. I introduced Canadian radio to Avril Lavigne, worked nightclub gigs with Michael Buble and rapped on stage with soulDecision.

It was a good run.

I’ve often described working in Top 40 radio as being a professional athlete. You only have so many “prime” years where the music is relevant to you and your lifestyle relevant to the listeners. Eventually, you have to move to the Senior Tour.

buzz bishop xl103That time for me, is now. I moved up the dial this week, from 90.3 to 103.1. I no longer host the morning show on AMP Radio, I now do middays on XL 103.

I’ve traded Taio Cruz for Pablo Cruise, Avril Lavigne for April Wine, Pitbull for Prince.

The approach I’ll bring to my show on XL will be the same I brought to AMP. I’ll be interactive, I’ll be leading edge, I’ll be upbeat, I’ll be plugged in.

The DJ in me hasn’t changed, just the music that I play.

I’ll be back on your radio tomorrow morning at 10 – the old slogan on AMP Radio works here too: make the switch 😉

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