“Steaks on the table at 7:30!” I can still hear Bobby Poe Sr. make that announcement at his annual convention. I was saddened to learn that Bobby died on Saturday at age 77. Bobby Jr. has posted his dad’s life story, written in the Poe Kat’s own words.
The Pop Music Survey Convention brought the music industry to the Washington suburbs. I made it to a few of the gatherings in the late ’80s and early ’90s at the Sheraton Reston and the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner. The convention ended its 25-year run in 1996.
The Bobby Poe conventions gave me the opportunity to rub elbows with radio heavyweights like Scott Shannon and Steve Kingston, who would travel from New York for the event. Shannon complimented me in front of my bosses from WAVA by saying he wanted to hire me. It helped me get a nice raise that year.
The music business was always well-represented. One year I walked into a suite sponsored by a record company as Marc Cohn started playing “Walking in Memphis.” One of the more memorable personalities I would see at the Poe conventions was A&M executive Charlie Minor, who was murdered in 1995.