Being a child of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, I grew up on radio. I remember distinctly when transistor radios became the hot new technology and us teens just had to have one glued to our ears…remember when there were no ear buds? Yup!!
First thing in the morning our radio is tuned into a news station to get not only the news but and also to hear discussions about what’s going on locally, then it’s over to NPR from Tacoma/Seattle for the mid-day jazz until late afternoon, followed by a jazz station from Toronto until after dinner. And on the weekends when at home, we are listening to music pretty much all day. Of course, we have had to keep up with the times and access the stations we want through the Internet somehow, for gawd’s sake don’t ask me…my husband’s the guy who does all this stuff, I still think radio waves are some kind of magic!
“They” say radio is no longer being listened to…I beg to differ! Sadly there have been a lot of changes to our local radio scene over the past little while with hosts retiring from their long running programmes, they are truly missed! I hate it when our favourites retire…we used to listen to CBC Saturday and Sunday mornings for wonderful music and witty commentary from the hosts…miss those two guys a lot! And if Jurgen Goethe knew how much we miss his daily Disc Drive from 3 until 6…maybe he wouldn’t have retired!
With the recent passing of Tom Magliozzi, the other half of Click and Clack The Tappet Brothers and hearing the tributes to him on NPR, it made me realize just how much we rely on quality broadcasting. We faithfully listened to Tom and Ray every weekend, loved their humour, expertise and but mostly their total silliness and of course their laughter! Who can forget at the end of each show, they would thank the producers and staff and their law firm, Dewey, Cheetham and Howe, now that’s funny and it had us rolling in the aisles the first time we heard it!
Frankly, I cannot imagine a day without radio being a huge part of our lives…it’s a place where we have discovered fantastic personalities and been well entertained over the years. Please let’s keep those dials tuned in!