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Broadcasting Live From the Festival

  On Memorial Day weekend, Bratfest kicks off the festival season.  If you keep your eyes open, you’ll see lots of radio stations broadcasting from these summertime events (even Magic 98).  Over the years, I have been to a few. In small-town Iowa more than 20 years ago, the annual
Posted  on May 21, 2014
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Hamsters in the Smoke

This past weekend’s Saturday morning edition of American Top 40 is a show I can remember hearing when it was on the first time, back in the spring of 1974. I was a 14-year-old music and radio geek, and I used to sit by the radio with a pencil and
Posted  on May 5, 2014
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Now Taking the Stage . . . Practically Everybody

If you are a 70s music fanatic (and odds are good that you are), these are good times in Madison. Chicago plays Overture Hall on April 28th, and two more high-profile shows have been booked for the summer. On July 16th, Jackson Browne is scheduled to play Overture Hall. It’s
Posted  on April 16, 2014
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On the Road Again

If you are reading this blog post, that means I am still on the Magic payroll, although I haven’t been on the air much lately. I have another job that requires me to travel from time to time, and that’s where I’ve been. Killing time in a hotel one night,
Posted  on April 2, 2014
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Seasons in the Sun

In 1961, the Belgian composer Jacques Brel wrote “Le Moribond,” a dark song about a man about to be executed, and sang it in an unsentimental, almost jazzy style. Sample lyric, translated to English: Goodbye, Tony, I didn’t like you too much you know It’s killing me to be dying
Posted  on March 13, 2014
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It Takes Every Kinda People

No matter where you work, you’re likely to run into all kinds of people. In all my years of radio, I’ve known many good ones, only a few terrible ones, and lots of interesting characters. –There was the newscaster who was afraid to go on the air live. As long
Posted  on March 3, 2014
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The Beatles in Wisconsin

Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles landed in America, played on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and changed millions of lives, along with the very course of history. While a certain degree of Beatlemania was happening everywhere in the spring and summer of 1964, it got an extra jolt of
Posted  on February 5, 2014
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Super Chili Tradition

Super Bowl Sunday is not far off, and at our house, we’ll revisit our annual tradition:  Super Bowl Chili. I’ve made a pot of some kind of chili for every Super Bowl game since 1984, so this is the 31st annual. The recipe changes from year to year.  When the
Posted  on January 30, 2014
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Beer and Wine Tourist

As I have written here before, I am a beer and wine tourist.  Ann and I will take off on a weekend afternoon just to visit some winery or brewery in the area, and when we travel farther afield, we always bring a list of likely spots to hit along
Posted  on January 10, 2014