MOR music: Bobby Goldsboro, “The Straight Life” (1968)

(Above: Bobby, trying to hide against a wall.) Students of 1960s culture often forget that there were, in fact, old people alive at that time, and that they were consumers in their own right.  While much of the "50 years later" type pieces spotlight teenage music preferences, there's a lot of other stuff that gets … Continue reading MOR music: Bobby Goldsboro, “The Straight Life” (1968)

As I look back now, the summer seemed to last forever: The Billboard Hot 100, July 27, 1985

(Above: me, representing AM radio, circa 1985-86.)   In some ways, the Summer of '85 was my last truly carefree summer.  I know I've made a similar argument about 1988 in another piece, as that was the last time I had had a summer vacation at all until leaving the world of radio for teaching. … Continue reading As I look back now, the summer seemed to last forever: The Billboard Hot 100, July 27, 1985

Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)

(Above: Promo photo for the Men, circa 1992) One of the great advantages of working in radio without concern for ratings - because you don't have any - is the ability to take certain liberties with the playlist. I think I can best sum up my stint as the morning host at Joliet's WLLI-FM from … Continue reading Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)