02 June 2006

WOLD

"I am the morning DJ, on WOLD!"

Harry Chapin was one of my favorites.
He's the subject for a whole 'nother post......at another time.

But I do want to talk about radio......
Big Bubba is a DJ at the local radio station.

We are literally close enough to go out in the back yard and see the top of the antenna, about a mile away.

It used to be an AM/FM station.
The ownership is sucking it dry.....they sold off the FM frequency to a Christian broadcasting outfit. The station is beginning to look rundown. They're not putting money back into the business, and I can't imagine the doors still being open in 10 years.
And what a shame!
A few years ago, they lost one of the things I loved most about this little town.......

For several years there was a guy that worked part-time as a DJ at dances and special events. He had an Oldies program on this station from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Monday nights. He'd arrive at the station and back his Van up to the front door so he had easy access to his incredible collection of "Oldies". He concentrated on music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's, and he took requests.

The hour from 10 to 11 P.M. was always devoted to love songs.
(Sometime during that hour, I always called and dedicated "The Air That I Breathe" by "The Hollies" to Sarah Jean.)

During the Summer, I planned my Monday nights around sitting on the patio with the radio turned up loud, beer on ice, and cordless phone within easy reach.

I'd pop the top on the first beer at 7.
Each hour, I allowed myself one beer and one request.
In mid-Summer you'd be facing two hours of daylight at the start of the show, so Beach Boys music was in order.

Mood, weather, and current events would affect my requests,
but he never failed me:
Johnny Rivers,
The Buckinghams,
The Electric Prunes,
The Association,
The Easybeats,
Beatles, Rolling Stones, Moody Blues.
I'd request it.......he'd play it within two songs......like clockwork!

By the time 11 P.M. rolled around, I was always melancholy-happy.
ALWAYS!

In this little town, it was like having a personal DJ who could play every song you ever wanted to hear.
Unbelievable.

Oldies stations still abound......
That's no problem. But for the most part they have a "playlist" they follow.
If I call and request a tune, they don't always have it.......
and even if they do, it may take them half an hour or more to play it.

No more lookin' forward to Monday nights......
They're just a fond memory now,
like "Too Much Talk, and Not Enough Action"
by "Paul Revere and the Raiders"!

9 comments:

anne altman said...

word

Di said...

Well....you may have to resort to what I did this past week....compliled my own CD....I love crusin' in the car....around dusk....sun roof open....and the tunes blaring.....singing my lungs out...(as if)....anyway....the Beatles are there with me, some new folks I've found or met....and 'Tuesday Afternoon'....not quite the same as those 'Monday evening memories'...but they can always take you back....sigh....

Great memory....may life be full of new moments that carry such potential!!! ;-)

Di said...

Where did that extra l come from in compile?!?! Hmmm?!?! Must be the 'Letter Monster'!!! 'Seems to follow me around!!!

Neb Okla said...

"The Air That I Breathe" is the top rated track on the 2002 CD of The Hollie's Greatest Hits". Problem is, I have the 1973 version. :P

Anonymous said...

GB... I know what you're talkig about. I've just stated Dj'ing at alocal bar and it's aweaome! Sherri goes w/me every Fri night and has a great time. Can'tait 'till we see you and SJ again.
Luv the blog!

BWH

Greybeard said...

Bill.....
Thanks for the comment!
Glad you're reading....gladder you are moved to share your thoughts!

Don't know when we'll be headed back in your direction, but we hope to see you all in the next couple months!

daveb said...

Greybeard - have you ever heard this story ? Is this possible ?

I don't know whether to believe it or not. Tell me what you think, and hanks for checking. dave b

Greybeard said...

Daveb:

It does sound incredible, doesn't it?
Two or three things lead me to believe the story may be true.....

The Hiller UH-12E is a powerful machine, capable of achieving the altitudes mentioned, with the load he describes.

He also indicates he had to remain outside the aircraft while the pilot landed, holding the tool in place so the pilot had control of the collective.

The old Hiller has an engine platform on which he could easily stand, and the engine mounts provide a perfect hand-hold for what he describes.

I'm inclined to believe it's possible!

And Anne....
I'm Number One?
Thank you!

05 June, 2006 19:24

Mike said...

I wonder where my old Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go record is?

:)

Good stuff!