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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: STARBRIGHT PUBLISHING (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615307183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615307183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top Rock Girly Jock, indeed!
Dawn Lee Wakefield
I read this book over a period of several days.
ME
You can just hear Connie's voice in ever line.
Thomas F. Flanagan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Lee Wakefield on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Deep in the heart of Chicago radio history is a quiet, unassuming brilliant woman, whose entry into the world of broadcasting began because with no fanfare whatsoever, she dared to dream. The combination of her quick mind, witty conversation style, and faith in the goodness of people roll into one in the book "Top Rock Girly Jock," released this summer. At first read the book takes you into the world of Chicago neighborhoods, some of the best days of radio wars battling for ratings, and some pretty broadminded men, back in the day, who saw her indefatigable spirit and propelled Connie Szerszen into the spotlight so fast it surprised even her. If you've ever been one of those teenage girls who wondered what it would be like to meet Elvis, date Neil Diamond, or hang out with Elton John...Connie has, and invites us all to hear about it. If you are a guy who knew every lyric to every song on the radio back in the day, this is your book, too. Szerszen moved smoothly from radio station promotion to on-air spots and later took ratings notice away from the senior statesmen behind the mike, and is as gracious as she can be in talking about those who might have preferred she not enter their lair at all. After many great years behind the microphone, Connie added "artist" to her list of credits and developed a reputation as a sought-after portrait artist who still finds time to DJ private events in her so-called spare time. A role model for how to be over 50 and be as busy as a 30-year-old, Szerszen's effervescent writing style leaves a good impression. You feel like you went to a great party because you read who all was there, what they were saying, and who talked to whom there. After reading Szerszen's book, my first thought was, I hope there's a part deux in the works. Top Rock Girly Jock, indeed! First-class, fast read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ME on January 31, 2010
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I read this book over a period of several days. I read it slowly because I wanted to savor it. It is an easy read, but it took me back to those days when AM radio ruled my world. It was where I got my news, my entertainment and the sound track that I still play. I enjoyed trying to recall where I was, what I was doing, even who I was back then ... back when she recounts her stories.

I do not remember the first time I heard Connie on the radio but it was when she was on WIND. However, I do recall how strange I thought it was that she was a DJ. She sounded so sweet, and natural - and I have to admit I thought she had a very sexy voice, but in a G-rated sort of way (if that is possible). After that I followed her around the radio dial.

I suppose I was expecting a more superficial work so I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that she does not hide nor try to minimize her faith. Particularly, I related to how she could sense, and in fact credits, the Holy Spirit for helping and guiding her through the challenges and opportunities that He presented.

I love that about her - she's Polish, she's Catholic - She's Connie. From her earliest days on West Chestnut St., all through school, through all the twist and turns she just seems to keep saying yes to the possibilities as they present themselves. Her faith and trust in God is apparent and is in stark contrast to the offering of today's media elite.

Chicagoans, especially those old enough to remember the original Mayor Daly, will find her story quite interesting, even remarkable. Especially since she tells it with the same style and grace that her fans learned to expect from the "Polish Princess" - Chicago's "Top Rock Girly Jock".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy E on November 6, 2009
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I listened to Connie back in the day too. She has a unique radio voice that sparkles - that's about the only way I can describe it.

This book is an easy read and there's a great flavor of the Northwest Side when she was a kid. Fascinating information about the inside of radio and its air personalities.

As much as the book is about things that happened, the real guts of it are all the people she's known and been friends with over the years.

A must read for any Chicagoan.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Flanagan on October 8, 2009
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Connie was a pure delight to listen to back in the day of Chicago rock radio, and her book is just as delightful. You can just hear Connie's voice in ever line. The stories are great, from her early days at WSDM up to the last day at WJMK. And the pictures just go on and on. I truely enjoyed this book, and if you remember the days of AM radio and rick and roll and Connie's role in all of it you will enjoy it too.
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