Just some thoughts:
I think far too often we fail to acknowledge our appreciation. I know in my lifetime I have.
I grew up in the late 1950s’. A time of great radio and great radio personalities. Most every station of any size in any town had people on the radio that became popular with a faithful listening audience.
In my hometown station WBOW (On the Banks of the Wabash) was such. Certain disc jockeys as they were called were popular. Most kids knew what time they came on the air, recognized their theme song. I could list various stations and radio personalities. Some where along the line radio changed. In my opinion today we have too much talk radio. I vote bring more music, less talk.
Two current day local exceptions here in the Nashville area are Eddie Stubbs and Jeff Pogue. Both of them have shows on the world famous WSM 650 on your dial here in Nashville. Not only do they play music but they provide stories about the music, history of the song, who wrote it, how it came about,etc.
Stubbs has one night in particular that I try not to miss. He calls it “Way Back Wednesday.” Where he goes back years into music and gives information regarding the song, maybe what was happening in country at the time. Sometimes maybe even an interview with someone about the history of that music. I like the show so much that even if I cannot listen live I tape his five hour show and listen to it in my car during the week. Pogue does something similar with a show called, “That Week in Music.”
Recently my wife and I were having dinner in downtown Nashville. After dinner we were going to a music show at the Ryman just a couple blocks from where we were eating. I look over at a table not far from where we are sitting and there sits Eddie Subbs. He is having dinner by himself. We were finished eating and about to leave. The left part of my brain said, “No don’t say anything, he’s eating, don’t bother him. that might be thought rude of you. The right part of my brain said “Yea go tell him how much you appreciate his show.”
“Excuse me Mr. Stubbs I’m sorry to bother you especially as you are having dinner but my wife and I are just leaving and I wanted to come over and tell you how much I enjoy you on the radio. I especially enjoy your “Way Back Wednesday” show.” With that Mr. Stubbs stood up extended his hand and said, “Why thank you, you really don’t know how much I appreciate that. You sit at that mike night in and night out, you know or you think folks are listening but when someone makes the effort to tell you that really makes me feel good.” With that I again thanked him and we left. I’m glad I ignored the left and listen to the right side of my brain.
Suggestion. If you see something good and you like it, if possible, make your feelings known to the source. That’s true with whatever it might be, if its good and you like it say so. It may help that good and what you appreciate to continue.
April 24, 2019
Posted June 29, 2019