Come Get Me Mother, I'm Through!

Kim "Kid"Curry

Book Cover

GENRE

ADVENTURE COMEDY DRAMA FAMILY MEMOIR POLITICAL

    Core Theme

    DETERMINATION

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    FRASIER, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, TALK TO ME, FM (UK)

    CHARACTER LIST

    KIM ‘KID’ CURRY: 60’S. LEAD. RETIRED RADIO PERSONALITY.

    ELIZABETH: 60’S. KIM’S WIFE.

    BILL TANNER: 30S-40’S. KIM’S FORMER BOSS.

    JERRY CLIFTON: 30S-40S. KIM'S FORMER BOSS.

    VINCE PELLEGRINO: 60S. KIM'S LONGTIME FRIEND, AND MUSIC INDUSTRY BIGWIG.

    FRANK WALSH: 30S-40S. KIM'S LONGTIME FRIEND, AND FELLOW RADIO PERSONALITY.

    Logline

    A successful, 33 year radio career brought to an end after a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. My memoir is about before and after that diagnosis.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Miami, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Knoxville, Pueblo, Co., Baltimore

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: self

    Year Published: 07 September 2019

    Starting Description

    The 10th anniversary of Power 96 demanded a huge concert at the Miami Arena. The stage was set, the music was blaring, the acts were in their green rooms, the staff was ready. Just before starting the show, I wondered, "what is that pain in my gut." Thankfully, Cox on the Radio had a pill for that.

    Ending Description

    It was an incredible radio career, my Multiple Sclerosis is as stable as can be expected, I've learned it's expensive to be disabled in America and my wife is now the star of the Kid Curry radio show. "Come Get Me Mother, I'm Through!"

    Group Specific

    Disabled

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781733306607

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Kim "Kid" Curry

    Age: 22-65

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Leader,Blunt,Funny,Skillful,Unapologetic

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    Development Pitch

    A 33 year radio career that began when my dad asked if I wanted to babysit at his workplace. I thought babysitting the radio stations GM's kids was the job but babysitting the Sunday morning recorded church services was the job, nobody wanted that job. But the first time I heard my voice in the headphones for the station identification, "This is KRLN, Cañon City, Colorado. The Station with the News reputation," I was hooked. 3 years in college later, I got my first full-time radio job in Knoxville where the GM said, "If you don't like the name, I won't sign your check." That's when "Kid" Curry was born. Glamour radio DJ jobs in San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Miami followed, along with rating success and encounters with music legends. Finally, they let me be the boss of the Miami station and we garnered the highest ratings in its history. Then, what had lingered but remained relatively silent became more prevalent, Multiple Sclerosis began effecting me daily. I was forced to retire and learn life with a chronic disease, there's lot to learn, it's expensive to be disabled in America. Modern science stalled the horrific damage, friends picked me up and my wife has now become the star of the "Kid" Curry show.

    Genre

    DRAMA

    Brief

    Kim "Kid" Curry follows his passion and makes a name for himself during radio's heyday. But after 33 years in broadcasting, a startling MS diagnosis forces him into retirement. With a new wife and a baby on the way, Kim faces the challenges of his post-career world with the same vigor and determination that made him successful in the first place.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    While the Book Profile does a great job of delivering the pertinent information, there are a few tweaks that could help further elevate it. First, any summaries or descriptions should be written in third person. And second, the project doesn't quite fit in the comedy or adventure genres. Although there are some great comedic beats and adventure notes throughout, the project's main genre is memoir and should be labeled as such. It'd also be beneficial to add in character information for the supporting roles, like Elizabeth, Bill and Jerry.

    Draw of Story

    The beginning pages promise a journey into a pre-digital world, which in turn prepares us for a pleasantly nostalgic experience. The story starts in the moments before a chaotic radio show, putting readers into the heart of the action without delay. When Kim begins feeling unwell, it's done with enough conviction that a reader will likely stick around to find out what happens. And by the time we flashback to Kim's early days, we're already invested.

    Possible Drawbacks

    While the memoir provides a macro look at Kim Curry's life, it feels like it could benefit from a touch more focus. The timeline is sometimes confusing to follow and muddied with some out-of-order events that could make it difficult for the reader to follow along. For maximum effect, perhaps small parts of it should be revised to read in a concretely linear fashion. For example, we don't need to know much about Power 96's position in the market in the opening teaser. That information could be better served once Kim begins to work there, protecting the story flow. Additionally, there is a potential overuse of foreshadowing that muddies the storyline. Phrases alerting us to something major on the horizon as chapter closes feel like they overpromise and could probably be eliminated without affecting the plot plotline. Lastly, sometimes the burden of knowledge is placed on the reader when it shouldn't be. Any information that the reader needs to know should be cleverly inserted into the book, without the reader having to bridge knowledge gaps at any point.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    Although the theme centers on the concept of determination (both pre- and post-diagnosis), there is also a wonderful note of nostalgia that elevates the project throughout. The memoir recalls a storied career in an industry that may feel foreign to some young viewers, but it remains intriguing nonetheless. And for more mature audiences, it's a refreshing look back at a simpler time with well-balanced anecdotes, familiar names and relatability (like post-9/11 emotions).

    Fanbase Potential

    While this project largely appeals to Baby Boomers, the theme remains relatable and approachable for all. More mature audiences will likely flock to this for a healthy dose of nostalgia, and younger audiences are more likely to relate to Kim on an emotional level, while finding the heyday of radio a new novelty to explore. Fans of '70s and '80s culture could find this intriguing, and music fans could find it enjoyable as well. Projects set in the recent past are becoming increasingly popular, with a wide market reach, thus making this feel on-trend.

    Awards Potential

    Depending on which angle is presented as the primary story line, an adaptation could certainly have Awards potential. Kim Curry's character goes through a range of emotions that could translate nicely to above-the-line nominations. And with a more streamlined focus, there could be below-the-line potential as well. A project like this would require a creative score, impeccable costuming and clever cinematography, all of which could earn nominations as well.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    FRASIER, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, TALK TO ME, FM (UK)

    What’s New About the Story

    Nostalgia plays a large role in making this project feel unique, perhaps even more so than Kim's battle with MS. His days in radio are intriguing, inspiring and well-captured. To elevate things even further however, it could be interesting to do a deep dive into more anecdotes. For instance, the tour of the White House was a high point. And so was his time with The Spice Girls. But sometimes it feels like these moments need to be slowed down a bit. Additionally, finding clever ways to raise the tension more could be beneficial. We get a dose of it sometimes, like when Kim testifies in court, but these emotional moments move quite quickly, and without always giving us adequate time to digest them.

    Lead Characters

    Kim stands out for his grit, his passion and his determination. His personality radiates off the page, and often times it feels like the reader is in conversation with an old friend. He also feels approachable and relatable throughout, and we find ourselves rooting for him over and over again as the story unravels. Elizabeth, for her part, stands out because of her ferocity and strength. Together, they make for a great duo whose love and devotion should never be questioned.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This project feels like it has a lot of potential, but like it's not quite a rare gem yet. Kim has an approachable voice and certainly a great story to tell, but the plot line overall feels like it's missing a definitive punchline. The concept of determination spans the story from start to finish, but in the second half we largely move away from radio and into Kim's post-diagnosis world without much of a through line aside from his recurring dreams. In terms of an adaptation, it feels like the story lacks firm resolution. Perhaps more weight needs to be added to the awards scene. Or perhaps Vince Pellegrino's character should be introduced slightly earlier, to carry us through the stages of Kim's life. Better connecting Kim's radio days with his post-career world and driving that connection home will provide readers with a well-rounded story that feels much more satisfying and complete.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series:, Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    The story offers a very macro, linear look at Kim's life and it may be difficult to contain it in an adaptation. Some streamlining and a firmer focus may be required before this can be escalated. Additionally, the second half of the memoir feels like it spends a bit too much time on Kim's post-career 'ordinary world' (especially once we get into his home renovations, and Elizabeth's real estate career) without bringing along the through line from the first half. Finding a way to make the stages of Kim's life feel slightly more cohesive could help the story feel more well-rounded overall, and thus easier to capture on-screen.

    Tips for Improvement

    Maintaining a sustainable through line and applying it to the different stages of Kim's life could be the key to elevating this. Finding a clever way to carry Kim's passion for radio into his later life could make the story feel more cohesive overall. And capitalizing on dramatic moments, like Kim's award, as plot points might help as well. Additionally, elevating some of the supporting cast (especially Vince Pellegrino) could be beneficial, because it could ground the reader as we move through Kim's life. It'd also make his death hit us a bit harder. Punching up some of the anecdotes could be interesting, too. They are one of the most intriguing parts of the narrative, and could end up working as an additional hook. Finally, it could be helpful to remember that even true stories are often dramatized for mass consumption. Much like the lyrics of a hit song may be tweaked to trigger certain emotions, so too are Hollywood adaptations. The key is to take a great story like this one, narrowly focus the lens on a core message or takeaway and piece together the source material in a way that stays true to the punchline.

    Brief

    Kim "Kid" Curry follows his passion and makes a name for himself during radio's heyday. But after 33 years in broadcasting, a startling MS diagnosis forces him into retirement. With a new wife and a baby on the way, Kim faces the challenges of his post-career world with the same vigor and determination that made him successful in the first place.

    What We Liked

    There's an air of nostalgia that acts as a through line for the first half of the story. Readers are quickly captured with a longing for a simpler time, when radio was in its prime. With a singular POV, it feels like an inside scoop on the recent past and provides an array of interesting anecdotes (like the time Kim Curry ditched a meeting with a not-yet-famous John Legend) for audiences to latch onto. That said, there is also an emotional sense of loss when we move into the second half and find ourselves rooted in Kim's post-career world. Although the tone shifts a bit, the characters don't which provides a nice commentary on the effects of time in a post-digital world.

    A story like this is well-suited to the feature format because of its definitive start and end points. It has a nice ending and is rich with anecdotes that make it nostalgic, relatable and approachable. It also possess a rich lead character and singular POV, which streamlines the access point enough to make the characters feel humanized.

    Key points:
    Nostalgic.
    Autobiographical.
    Inspirational.
    Approachable.
    On-trend.

    Synopsis

    KIM “KID” CURRY (20s) prepares for a career-defining radio concert in Miami. As preparations ensue backstage, he begins feeling pain in his gut. After treating it with antacid, the show goes off without a hitch. Kim travels home to visit his parents in Colorado, where the pain intensifies. He eventually goes to the hospital and is diagnosed with appendicitis.

    After recalling his early love of music and performing, Kim is asked to babysit a local radio broadcast. He becomes obsessed with the idea of being a broadcaster and enrolls himself in broadcasting classes. During his junior year of college, he sends out audition tapes in hopes of landing a full-time job.

    Kim receives an offer from Knoxville, TN. He quits college and moves to Tennessee. He is rebranded as ‘Kid Curry’ and begins hosting the late show. Kim receives a call from JERRY CLIFTON (30s-40s) and is instructed to board a prepaid flight to Miami. There, Jerry tells him about 96X. Kim is hired as DJ, but before long the station is embattled in a court case because rigged contests and unethical practices. While testifying in court, Kim notices BILL TANNER and BUZZ BENNETT in the courtroom.

    Kim meets with Bill Tanner and is offered a job at Y100. Bill hires the infamous DON COX as a DJ and soon enough, Kim hears Don conducting a drug deal over the phone. Don is arrested for selling cocaine out of the office. Kim’s voice was overheard during a phone conversation and Kim’s reputation is put in jeopardy.

    Y100’s ratings begin dropping, and Kim transfers to I-95, where he lacks freedom. Jerry resurfaces and hires him as an afternoon DJ/interim Program Director at a station in San Antonio. Kim settles into life in Texas and hires longtime friend FRANK WALSH as a music director. Kim is eventually fired, only to be hired at a competing station and he takes Frank with him. He is sued for breach of conflict, but his new station countersues. Soon, the matter is settled, and Kim begins his new job. The station doesn’t turn out to be what Kim imagined, so when Bill calls with a DJ offer from a new station in D.C., Kim readily agrees.

    Kim revives an old comedy bit and starts receiving calls from FRANK THE FRAMER, who frames portraits at the White House. Kim’s grandmother comes to visit, and Frank the Framer is able to arrange a tour of the White House. Kim steps out of the car and becomes lightheaded after being surrounded by secret service with drawn guns. While the tour is successful, the radio station is not, and soon enough Kim takes a job at a station in Baltimore. He is stifled a bit at first, but ultimately helps increase ratings. But, fed up with the Northeast winters, Kim returns to Y100.

    Kim spends two days atop a Miami billboard to help raise money for twins with a rare genetic disease. After getting fired from Y100, Kim reconnects with Bill at his new radio station, Power 96. He learns that one of their famed radio personalities has passed away, and Bill somberly arranges for Kim to take the afternoon show. Bill is replaced as program director with Kim’s friend, Frank, and it dismays Kim. Leading up to the holidays, Kim focuses on developing a morning show with BO GRIFFIN. Just as they begin to click on -air, they receive a call from a listener informing them that Don Cox has been arrested for a DUI. Press descends on the station, but the ratings prevail.

    When Hurricane Andrew hits, Kim is the first one to the station. He and his colleagues organize relief efforts to help out the community. Things are going well, until Kim learns that his father must have both legs amputated. He resigns and returns home to Colorado for a year. But eventually, his father encourages him to go back to work. Conveniently, Kim receives a call from Frank, and returns to work in Miami. He begins lobbying for the Program Director job and throws himself into the work. After a trip to LA for the Grammys, Kim brings Latin music to the radio station. When the ratings go up, he is given the job and begins focusing on the station’s mega show.

    In an attempt to keep things fresh, Kim himself off the air and focuses on sales. He accompanies the sales team on a trip to London, where he learns of The Spice Girls. He begins playing their music on the radio and lands their first American show. The largely Latin audience is not impressed with the soon-to-be infamous group.

    Kim meets ELIZABETH at a club, and they begin dating. Despite two failed marriages and a newborn on the way, he pursues a relationship with her. They eventually marry and when they return from their honeymoon, Kim arranges a boy-band contest. He forms a group called Point 5 and travels to New York to meet with record executives. He begins experiencing leg cramps and vision changes while walking around the city. He makes it home and lays in bed for nearly a week before brushing it off as a bad case of the flu.

    Kim is in his office when the planes crash into the Twin Towers. When Bo Griffin realizes she can’t make it through her segment, Kim takes over and gives his listeners a rundown of the attacks. In the months that follow, Kim organizes a concert and recalls the solemnity in the crowd.

    Kim and Elizabeth invest in a house on a golf course. Soon after, Kim receives word that his father has passed away. Kim is surprised to feel relieved that his father no longer has to suffer. On the first anniversary of 9/11, Kim arranges a day-long tribute and is moved by the community coming together. Kim’s children begin begging for a dog, and he gifts them a puppy on Christmas morning. Elizabeth soon becomes pregnant, and Kim prepares for his fourth child. He gets into a minor accident because he didn’t see another car’s brake lights. And while playing golf at a high school reunion, he loses vision in his right eye.

    Elizabeth convinces Kim to get a checkup, but he forgets to tell the doctor about his episodes. Soon, he begins experiencing more symptoms. His mother expresses concern, but Kim brushes her off. When he struggles to play a round of golf, Kim finally decides to visit a doctor. After a round of tests, Kim is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As he struggles with the news, the overnight DJ calls out sick. Kim goes back on air as he tries to adapt to his new situation.

    Word gets around the radio station, and Kim is sent home for several days. He convinces himself that he’s being fired but is offered the Operations Manager role instead. He declines, and he and Elizabeth prepare to retire in Colorado. When Elizabeth becomes concerned about their income, the pair begins buying and flipping houses in the area. It doesn’t go well, and Elizabeth decides to apply for her real estate license. Meanwhile, Kim struggles to find an adequate physical therapist with less-than-adequate insurance. He files for security disability and testifies in front of a judge. Once approved, they find a Colorado doctor and the testing begins anew.

    Kim tries to play golf but loses his balance and rolls down a hill. He gives up the game, and then accidentally dislocates his shoulder after a shower. Elizabeth finds him on the floor and calls for an ambulance. While his symptoms worsen, Kim learns to rearrange his life. He begins using a wheelchair.

    Elizabeth forms a real estate partnership, and Kim learns that Bo Griffin passed from an undisclosed illness. Kim tries to move from the couch to his wheelchair and crashes to the floor, breaking a rib. Still, he refuses to pity himself and his doctors encourage him to keep using his legs. Soon, he is approved to add hand controls to his car and relearns how to drive.

    Elizabeth’s real estate business takes off, and Kim begins looking into dental implants. When their daughter is teased for not knowing who One Direction is, Kim arranges a surprise trip to one of their shows, much to the chagrin of the bullies. Kim and Elizabeth begin home renovations as Kim’s high school reunion approaches. Kim is encouraged to call a former classmate with MS and convince her to attend. Kim begins the cherish the bond he has with those who suffer from MS.

    Kim tutors the local high school band, and his son decides to join the Coast Guard. Kim gets an invitation to a radio party in NYC, and Kim and Elizabeth move mountains to get him there. He reunites with some of his radio friends and is presented with a Radio Achievement Award. The next morning, he learns that his friend, VINCE PELLEGRINO, has been battling a terminal illness. It is the last time they’ll see each other.

    Elizabeth’s real estate team reaches new heights, until her partner moves to Hawaii. Elizabeth figures out how to forge ahead in her career and as their son adjusts to life in the Coast Guard, Elizabeth and Kim consider moving to Denver. They settle in Loveland, Colorado as Elizabeth gets promoted at the real estate firm. The family dog becomes ill, and Kim is forced to make a tough decision. Kim begins therapy in a saltwater pool, where he’s able to use his legs beneath the water. In an Epilogue, we learn that Kim is still battling MS. He pleas for Americans to come together to fix our healthcare system, to make life livable for those in his situation. He reflects on his radio career, his illness and the love he has for his wife as he continues to fight day after day.

    About The Author

    Kim "Kid" Curry spent 33 years in radio broadcasting, as both a DJ and a Program Director. He was forced into early retirement after being diagnosed with MS, and uses his writing as a form of therapy.