On Friday mornings, we go back in time for a blast from my music radio past as a way to segue into the weekend. Today, we went back in time on three separate fronts.
We’ll start with the picture above. That’s my mom holding a very young me. Sadly, I only got to experience life with my mother for another 18 years or so, as she was taken from us just 10 days shy of my 20th birthday – 35 years ago today.
I still miss her each and every day, and I’m sad for all the things in my life that I couldn’t share with her. I’d give anything if she could meet my daughter – her granddaughter.
And as I approach my 55th birthday, I’m sad for all of her warmth and wisdom that were silenced at the much-too-young age of 47.
We flashed back to a time when hope and change were the things that our most progressive president truly delivered. Harvey J. Kaye, Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay joined me to discuss his new book, The Fight for The Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great.
My mother was born in May of 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President. At his third inaugural, he enumerated what he felt were the four “freedoms” necessary to achieve should the nation be returned to its prior greatness.
Harvey and I had a great discussion of the promises lost and what it’ll take to regain them. He’ll return to the show on Wed. November 5 for a post-mortem on the midterm elections.
On August 5, 1994, I got to interview Boz Scaggs at KSCA fm 101.9 in Los Angeles. The radio station had only been on the air for a month, yet we were already becoming known for our eclectic and adventurous programming. Obviously, this was before Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996 completely fucked up the industry I so loved.
Boz Scaggs had just released the wonderful album Some Change, his first in six years. It also marked his return to the touring road. And was a huge treat for me and for our listeners.
And now we look to next week, which brings with it Halloween and the final days before the 2014 midterm elections. I’ll be back Monday with Howie Klein and whatever else the news brings us, radio or not…