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Monday, June 18, 2012

70s Radio Remembered

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I am a child of the 70s.  As a youngster, the latest craze was transistor radios.  Transistor radios were a pocket-sized piece of technology that gave consumers the wonderful world of radio right in the palm of your hand.  With that world came super hits of the 70s.  One of my favorites was Seals and Crofts “Summer Breeze” which I remember being played as my family walked along the Boardwalk in Daytona Beach, Florida – smooth notes floating along mixing with the smells of popcorn, cotton candy and beach air.  To this day, this song still reminds me of the barefoot summers of my 1970s childhood.

Transistor radios also ushered in lots of late night radio listening for me and my brother.  We always stayed up later than our bedtimes, secretly listening to Dr. Demento in our beds, with the covers pulled up over our heads. This wacky comedy show with its pop culture send-ups and  campy songs was surely not meant for a six year old, and admittedly, I didn’t understand half of the jokes, although I always pretended to and would laugh with my brother and say, “Can you believe he said that?”

This clandestine radio listening continued for months of sleepless nights and inside jokes with my brother.  That is, until he became obsessed with finding out how the transistor radio worked.  Promising me he would be able to unwrap its secrets and put it back together again, I handed over my treasured radio to allow him to uncover exactly what makes a radio tick. The only secret it revealed was that once taken apart, it’s like Humpty Dumpty, and can’t be put back together again.  But nothing can take away the memory of those fun nights of secrets and laughter with my older brother.  My love affair with radio had surely begun…

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