Fall, football, and forgetting: U2, “A Sort of Homecoming” (1985)

(Above: My senior picture, Fall 1985.  You'd think someone would have said "Do you want a comb?") The past week has been Homecoming Week at my high school.  I was at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park for four years. I haven't been back to it in twenty, or five times as long … Continue reading Fall, football, and forgetting: U2, “A Sort of Homecoming” (1985)

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College radio classics: The Pursuit of Happiness, “I’m An Adult Now” (1988)

(Above: Cassette single version released in Canada.  It's a Canadian Cassingle.) The fall of 1988 can best be described - in my life, anyway - as "the awkward transition." On the one hand I was a typical college kid, dealing with classes, girls, and getting into trouble after class by sneaking in to the campus … Continue reading College radio classics: The Pursuit of Happiness, “I’m An Adult Now” (1988)

College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

(Above: Another 45 that college radio made me buy. It was a very expensive extra-curricular.) As a part of my month-long celebration of college radio (lining up with the fact that I started in it 30 years ago, which is surreal), I've been going through surviving recordings of shows from my freshman year in radio. … Continue reading College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

One morning in college radio: September 19, 1988

(Above: Screen shot from Lewis University's "Network Video Hour," fall, 1988.  No, I really dressed like that.) September 19, 1988 was a Monday morning.  I had just settled into my regular schedule as "every day" morning host on Lewis University's WLRA-FM.  There's a show from a week earlier that exists, but I chose this one … Continue reading One morning in college radio: September 19, 1988

College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

(Above: the 45 "picture sleeve" for "Just Like Heaven") I've mentioned in earlier posts on college radio - most recently last week's entry on my first-ever show - that one of the goals of the student station is often to introduce audiences to music that they may not be familiar with.  Some stations take this … Continue reading College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)

(Above: My Intro to Radio book from when I was a student is in my college office. Hopefully there's been an update to this edition since then.) This morning I got an unusual notification from Facebook.  It was in the "memories" section, which highlights posts made on this date over the last few years.  I … Continue reading A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)