Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Getting to the New Washday Miracle

Geez. And just to clarify things, I mean that as in an exclamation of surprise or annoyance, not as an abbreviation for "geezer" (which is definitely how I'm feeling this week). (Although come to think of it 'annoyed geezer' does come fairly close to my current concept of self... I mean, after all, I worked very hard at being a young curmudgeon; now that I'm at the proper age I guess I should embrace the concept.)

The process of aging has been kind of liberating in its own way. Some time back I got used to not knowing who all the hot young things were or are. Did getting older give me the permission I needed to ignore them, or was it just the excuse I used? There's far too many so called celebrities getting media coverage, and I'm quite content not having any idea just who the hell they are or why I should care. I even got used to the fact that these so called celebrities I've never heard of have been around for 10 or 20 years, and obtained their 15 minutes of Warhol time through tv shows, movies, or music of which I am blissfully unaware. 


Well, Geez. It's been over two hours of interruptions since I wrote that last sentence. Whatever cranky old man prattle I was concocting has completely vacated the synapses of my aging brain. This has been the pattern of daily events since I returned to managing our community radio station. So before the phone rings again, or another email arrives which needs immediate attention, or I feel guilty about not answering a couple of other station emails


Well, wasn't that fun - another interruption. More station problems. (We've been on and off the air a few times over the last 24 hours due to a bad circuit in the cable company's equipment.) At leas that fire is out - for now.

So as I was about to say, before something else happens, I better post this past Saturday's show. I've only been trying to do it since Sunday. I did have an escape/adventure for several hours on Monday, getting back to town with time to spare before the station's Board meeting (I'm the President).

Last Saturday's show noted the birthdays of band leader Les Brown, of the 'Band of Renown' fame (whose 'girl singer' was Doris Day); arranger, composer, and band leader Les Baxter; bandleader and trumpeter extraordinaire Harry James; St. Patrick's Day; and a wonderful March 13th, 1949 broadcast of Philco Radio Time hosted by Bing Crosby, with guests Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti. (Whew!)

But first (since the phone isn't ringing and we're on the air) a few clippings from the newspaper from the days around the Philco show. That March started with the heaviest snowfall of the winter. Ads for new cars appeared almost every day, and a new household detergent was introduced. ..


I hope anyone who listens to the show enjoys it.