MENOMINEE – I have often times have told people that I remember listening to the radio before we ever had a television set. Radio programs like “The Lone Ranger” and “The Shadow” were probably my greatest preferences.
But, the greatest pleasure was as the story was told, my family was gathered around the radio listening as well. My imagination created a vivid picture of what was being told.
Beyond the stories, the radio also connected us with the outside world almost instantly. They would broadcast news, sports, weather, music, and interesting topics. We were not confined to the local stations, but could turn the dial and listen to other stations that were in neighboring states.
What rekindled these memories was, while working out of town, I opted not to have cable TV and began to listen to the radio at night at the apartment that I was renting. What I discovered was different perspectives on life’s problems and solutions that people have encountered and implemented.
Hand in hand with the different perspectives on life, were the colorful commentaries that accompanied them.
So, now that I am retired and at home, just about every evening you will find me between 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. listening to my 1942 Philco console radio/record player or the 1943 Hallicrafter AM/shortwave radio. The lights are off and the only light in the living room is either emitted from the fire in the fireplace, or the radios. Sometimes when drifting in my selection of a station, I will by chance encounter a rebroadcast of an old radio show, and what a delight that is.
So, for some of you that were born after the advent of television, why not try to listen to the radio? You may find that you enjoy it.
By the way one of my future articles will focus on the fond memories of our local newspapers and their importance in our lives.
Dan Paul is a retired school administrator. His columns, which explore family relationships, are published monthly in Lifestyles.