Happy New Year, y'all!
It's been a few weeks of enjoyable back and forth with Steve, which also rekindled electron herding with Roberta [Cowan] and Linda [Cashell]. We're hunting down old air-checks in hopes of adding to the rips. Pamela [DeVier] and DJ Neska might have some too—as far as I know, Neska is the WCVT tape master, claiming at one point to have a wall's worth of shelves brimming.
Large greetin’s to Skizz and PJ—pleased to read both are alive and seemingly well. I haven’t been in the Charm City area for nearly a decade, having flit off to the Left Coast for employment opportunities. Hard to fathom that it’s been over two decades since I showed up at Towson [State] University with my Depeche Mode t-shirt and an insatiable desire to work in radio.
From 1987 to 1991, I had the distinct pleasure of being on various late night shifts—there was nothing like the thrill of seeing all the phone lines light up as I headed into the booth to start the program. I was honored to speak with many listeners from near and farther away than our transmitter should have been capable of reaching. I’ll never forget the gentleman who thanked me for “bringing intelligence to the airwaves.” Although there were and still are plenty of times when I ain’t bright, I’ll always appreciate that comment.
Thanks also to all of the aforementioned folks for expanding my music base—indeed there was so much more than Mr. Gahan and co.! Many of us would go on to work at An die Musik and expand our collections after the demise of WCVT. Now before anyone spits on me for listing WTMD (maybe someday I’ll tell the Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel story), I did get to cover a few shows of the long-running and much-loved Cosmic Music Experience, before that too, finally went off the air. I am told that even WHFS, at the time the last bastion of “progressive music”, gave up the ghost and submitted to a format change. Sigh.
On a much happier note, there is Steve and his dedication, affording us a chance to revisit better audio times. I am astounded that after all these years, WCVT is so well-remembered and regarded. I count myself among the fortunate who got to share in making station history and I am grateful for the friendships that still thrive. Yeah, yeah, group hug and insulin shot forthcoming!
Anyone else from 'CVT who wishes to post some follow-up thoughts, feel free. That tape was the reason I started my first blog - so that I could put that out there, and without that tape, I probably wouldn't have ever thought about starting a music blog. And now look how big this one has gotten..... you can email me directly to send correspondence and I'll gladly post it up!