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Something in the Air by Marc Fisher - an ode to radio

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    soks_n_sandals
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    I have always loved listening to music and radio was a big part of my life, though I'm only in my mid twenties. While I missed the "Golden Age" of radio, it filled a time in my life before I had a...

    I have always loved listening to music and radio was a big part of my life, though I'm only in my mid twenties. While I missed the "Golden Age" of radio, it filled a time in my life before I had a cell phone or streaming. Radio taught me to listen and imagine, and it gave me a space to let my mind wander in a way that visual mediums didn't. I heard ball games, sermons, contests, news, impeachment, and my favorite music on the radio. A young me wanted to be a DJ when I grew up, and I always did voices of actors and broadcasters. I still love to do that, and I've always admired the DJs that are tastemakers and local celebrities.

    I found this book at a local bookstore right after re-watching the film Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked for everyone else). Something in the Air combines a vibrant and palpable memoir-esque storytelling with some of the most famous broadcast personalities in the US.

    So I wish to ask about your own radio anecdotes, if you wish to share. Did you have a favorite station, show, or DJ? Do you still listen, and if so how? AM, FM, satellite, internet? Did you find a favorite band on the radio, or ever win a call-in contest?

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    1. gpl
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      When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He...

      When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He writing was fantastic and of course his voice was commanding - you would get drawn in. Topics would range from the White Sox, summer barbeques, the post office, etc. But somehow he always made each topic feel like an epic. I miss that.

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