I was just thinking …………………………… . . .  .  .   .    .     .
Sunday morning I was tuning through the AM radio band just to see if it was still being used and for what it was being used. I shouldn’t have been surprised to find the frequencies being put to use by local, small church preachers; some large city churches were also broadcasting their Sunday sermons to the masses.
Until the late 1960’s, AM radio was about all there was other than shortwave broadcasts from abroad. FM was around, but was not popular among the proletariat; it had the reputation of snobbishness because many of the few available stations aired jazz and classical music, something which made hillbillies sneeze and fart and run screaming for the outhouse. My first real introduction to the FM band was in 1972 when I bought a Dodge pickup truck which had an AM/FM radio. It was love at first listen for me; I remember driving home to Tennessee on Friday evenings from working in West Virginia, and somewhere atop Flattop Mt. on the West Virginia Turnpike, I started picking our local FM station from Johnson City which was WJHL-FM. The good part was that they were playing some album oriented rock and roll and a mix of other genres. By the mid-70’s, the station had changed its call letters to WQUT, boosted its output to 100,000 watts, and was playing only album oriented rock and roll to ex-hippies and cool-dude fans in several states. By the late 70’s, the station had become the most popular commercial FM station in the United States, beating out markets in New York City and Los Angeles. With shows like The Tennessee Midnight Rambler on Saturday nights and Friday afternoon’s Blazing Turntables (Blazing TT’s), along with the uninterrupted playing of a new album each Wednesday night at 12:00 which could be recorded to cassette at home, the local rock scene was booming. Big-name rock bands were begging to play recitals at our small Freedom Hall Civic Center. Then along came—choke-choke—disco and before you could say ‘where’s my coke spoon’, the station became mostly Michael Jackson and other to 40 vomit. Sometime in the late 80’s, it once again tried to recapture the old magic by changing to a hard rock format, but it was too late, new wave country garbage like Achy Breaky Heart was mesmerizing the nation. WQUT is now just another classic rock station, playing repetitive canned fare each day and beating our brains into jelly with The John Boy and Billy Big Show each morning … disgusting!
Have a Tuesday, my friends.

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  1. Curley. Whose your favorite Little Rascal? I always watched those shows in tandum. Little Rascals first followed by The Three Stooges. My mom thought the Stooges were a bit too violent for us. When I was real lucky I’d get to see an old Shirley Temple black/white picture. I so loved her and wanted her curls (my own brown thin straight hair pales in comparison). I know I am spoilt w/ my Sirius radio programs. I can listen to blues or whatever I need to hear all day w/o commercials. Hate morning radio. One can only think that the trash spoken on morning radio is targeted to pimply-faced masterbating 16 year old males with images of big breasted women and shiny cars in their heads. Amazing how grown men can act in such a way.
    Go to ytube and search for Lory birds. You’ll get to see what our little Belle was like. The house is empty without her. thanks for checking in on me.

    • I liked Shemp best; his facial expressions are the big difference. Did you know that Curly, Moe, and Shemp were brothers? Larry was a trained concert violinist.
      I liked Stymie, Buckwheat, and Alfalfa and my favorite film was Hi’-Neighbor. Which Rascal did you like best?
      I’m sorry you lost little Belle, she was a friend and a family member for all of you. They are beautiful birds and the first thing that came to my mind was Tarte’s experiences in his “Duck” book.
      Thanks, Tammy.

  2. There are commercial radio stations in my country (quite good, I must admit) and we have ‘public radio’ which we treat as our national good (each family pays a small subscription).

    (…) it had the reputation of snobbishness because many of the few available stations aired jazz and classical music, something which made hillbillies sneeze and fart and run screaming for the outhouse.
    Really?! It’s very funny, Ken. I’m laughing. 🙂

    • We have National Public Radio which is sponsored by government and private funding, mostly through contributions. Here is our local station
      Yep, we hill folk didn’t, and still don’t in many places, like what we called long-hair music (the great composers of classical music had long hair). We still refer to a violin as a fiddle and pianos are used only in churches. It really is comical when you think about it; I’ve heard of men shooting their radios with shotguns because some long hair music came on.
      Thanks, my friend. 🙂

  3. testing testing

    • One two three

      • Heh-heh!

  4. Much of AM radio now is owned by spanish corporations. We you do a lot of traveling you hear spanish and god and spanish god talk on the AM dial. For the Spanish community it gives them a voice in media that they lack in other media.
    In many places you can buy AM radio station fairly cheap. It would be cool to own a little station and just play whatever you wanted regardless of money and ratings.

    Listen to WNCW online. I know you like it.

    The Three Stooges never did it for me for the most part.

    Great song.

    • AM radio has once again become cow pasture radio with little stations showing up all over the countryside. You can have your own low-watt FM station; no permits. licenses, or such as long as you meet certain guidelines for power output and antenna height/design.
      I like your NPR radio station in NC; ours used to be mostly music but the listeners “voted” to go more to talk shows. I like both.
      Thanks, Mark.

  5. Wanna start a radio station?

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