Arthur Hoehn: A Radio Romance   Leave a comment

I remember the late-night days of radio, especially jazz and great DJ voices like that of Ken Nordine out of Chicago. He would read his poetry to jazz in the background. “You Don’t Love Me Blues” Google It! — kenne

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I hear that today is something called National Radio Day. I read that on social media, which I suspect in turn will be a strange artifact to be explained to unformed young people of some yet undisclosed future. After all, as I write tonight I have doubts I’ll be able to convince any current young people of the romance of radio.

I grew up midcentury in what was supposed to be the TV age, but TV was a very constrained and arid thing then. TV was usually one set in the living room with maybe 3 or so channels receivable. It signed off in the evening, came back on with the dawn, and presented one thing at a time under the control of a schedule that could be memorized by its viewers. Radio may have been the old tech, but it was richer, stranger, more able to surprise with chance…

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Posted August 20, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

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