Success Story Shines in ‘Tight & Bright’

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John Mack Flanagan's new book shares his journey from small town boy to celebrated radio jock.

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In his new book, “Tight & Bright” (published by Xlibris), John Mack Flanagan shares his incredible story of self-discovery and success. This book charts his journey from a poor boy from New Mexico, starting his radio career at a tiny country music radio station, and ending up at KFRC San Francisco, Billboard Station of the Year 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Flanagan was Billboard Jock of the Year finalist 1978, the highest award in radio. KFRC was a 2.9 radio station when the author arrived from Phoenix on September 1973. From a 9 A.M. to noon jock, Flanagan went into the 8’s, 8.7, 8.5, 8.7, 8.9 consistently. When he was moved to afternoons on 1975, he went into the 9’s, reaching 9.4 in afternoons, a shift that had never been successful at KFRC.

Flanagan is a candid and chatty narrator describes his journey from the desert southwest (New Mexico, West Texas, and Arizona) through the jungles of South Vietnam as a U.S. Navy draftee to the Big Time of San Francisco and Los Angeles. He gives readers an insider’s look into his experiences in the control room with the greatest hit music of all time. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown—these are just of the musical legends that figure in the pages of “Tight & Bright.”

This book is for music lovers, history buffs and anyone who wants to know what it was like spinning the hits back in the day. It will also appeal to anyone who wants a true and inspiring rags-to-riches story.

“I want people to be inspired by my story,” Flanagan says. “It shows that you can start without much and end up at the pinnacle of success. It can be done.”

“Tight & Bright”
By John Mack Flanagan
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781514416273
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781514416280
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781514416297
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John Mack Flanagan is from New Mexico. Barely a high school graduate, he started in radio on air in the summer of 1964. Through dedication and hard work, he survived Vietnam and arrived in San Francisco in 1973, at KFRC, the last great Top 40 station in America. He was a finalist for Billboard Jock of the Year, the highest award in radio.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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