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)

College radio classics: They Might Be Giants, “Don’t Let’s Start” (1988)

(Above: This video spellbound me the first time I saw it.) Among the bands I discovered in college that stayed with me after my college radio days ended, I'd have to put They Might Be Giants at the top of the list. The hard part about this piece was "which song do I pick?" I … Continue reading College radio classics: They Might Be Giants, “Don’t Let’s Start” (1988)

The first radio show: WLRA-FM, September 5, 1987

(Above: Sometimes there's an advantage to not throwing things away.) September 5, 1987 was a Saturday.  It was the start of the Labor Day weekend, I had just finished my first week of classes at Lewis University, and it was the day that I was to attempt my first scheduled radio show on the college's … Continue reading The first radio show: WLRA-FM, September 5, 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)