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  •  Wonderful recounting .. (10+ / 0-)

    Although somewhat younger, I loved so many radio broadcasts growing up, as did my wife. The connection to the dialog, and the ability to create your own images was, in many ways, superior to having it all done for you on the tube.

    Some of the "headphone-only" shows of the 70's still celebrated incredible audio recordings that stick in my mind to this day - especially the steam locomotive recorded with the finest microphones and reel-to-reel equipment of the day - sublime. Virtually all radio is unlistenable to me, now. And I can't tolerate the DJs any more.

    I'll pass along the only 2 (musical) programming gems I've found on the contemporary airwaves.

    1.) Luke Crampton's "Lost and Found" (Sunday, PM, on 104.5/FM in SF). Worth a listen if it's playing on your dial. Eclectic, mostly contemporary selection of lesser known and unknown/new artists in almost every genre, and a few obscure singles by popular/established/classic groups.

    Lost and Found Radio

    You can get it online from the station (KFOG) at that time, too, if you're wiling to download their free streaming appl. The rest of the week's programming is just awful, though.

    KFOG online

    2.) Radio Caroline - the original off-shore radio entity, as portrayed in the movie, "The Boat That Rocked" (UK) / "Pirate Radio" (US).

    Only online, again, via free download'd appl. - unless you are in the UK (then, I think it's a cable option or something).

    Radio Caroline - online

    Incredibly good selection of mostly rock, from the 60's, 70's and some 80's programming. Unfortunately, their best DJ's and programming are during their (UK) daylight hours. Occasionally they will do a benefit and actually broadcast from the last, but moored, radio ship (Ross Revenge) that carried their broadcasts into the continent back in the day. Interesting history.

    Again, thanks for those memories!!, where did I leave my torches and villagers?

    by FrankSpoke on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:54:37 PM PDT

    •  Ruby Two, Galactic Gumshoe was recorded with (4+ / 0-)

      some kind of extra special sound effect system. I used to have to pull over on my way home to listen to it because it was so intricate and so funny I couldn't drive and listen too.
          The episode in the hotel room, in which the auto-coffee maker and every other appliance available is "talking" is still a classic in my mind. This was 1984 or so but it was old-time radio set to a new techo beat. Eventually, since no one really reacts to the things in the room it ends up a jumble of sounds as all the "alarms" go off: coffee, coffee, COFFEE, COFFEE at the same time as the toaster says toast, TOAST, smoke, smoke, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! etc. I can't even remember what else was making noise in the room but the effect was incredible.
        And there's just no one else like Rrrodante Kapore.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 03:34:33 AM PDT

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