This Salute To Radio has been 15 years in the making.
To begin this Grand Finale, I'll have a look at how it must feel for a struggling artist or band to finally get played on the radio- subject nowadays to the odorous, obscene power of Program Directors.
Then a couple of pieces of unfinished business.
First a classic Radio Montage I wish I could say I put together, called The Ghost Of Radio Past.
It was done by Pete Fornatale with much help from Don Feergard and Peter Mocover.
(That’s Fornatale at the end, when he was a student at Fordham University’s radio station.)
And what a job they did!
It is without a doubt a grand, nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for listeners of New York City radio, but a priceless piece of history no matter where you are from.
WOR-FM, WNEW-FM, the AM stations, the FM stations, Alan Freed, Murray the K, Cousin Brucie, Scott Muni, Mad Daddy, B. Mitchell Reed, Bobaloo, and just about anybody else you can think of will be represented here.
But of course, you will not hear ME, lol!
This brilliant time capsule is now at the Museum Of Television & Radio.
As some of you may know, I place a great emphasis on beginning and ending songs during these shows.
I could not think of a finer song than the one I have chosen to go out with.
It says exactly what I want to say to all whose lives have touched mine as a result of both the radio show and the podcasts.
I hope I have been able to touch yours in some small way in return.
And I do think I have kept all my promises during this Radio Series.
Finally, thanks again to anyone who has EVER listened to the show.
To those curious souls who gave me a chance and never came back for more.
And most especially for those who like what I do, and do come back for more.
My goal was always to appeal to the intelligent, serious listener, but bring fun to my presentation.
While I am very proud of many of the things I have done here, the final decision is yours as to whether I succeed in that goal.
I have enjoyed doing these shows my way- blessed with so much freedom- more than just about anything else I have ever done.
Thank you…so much!
Here are the links, it's been a long strange trip getting to this End, at Mike Pell Rockollections: