Sunday, August 17, 2014

a fan...fifty years ago!

Our top 40 records list

    ...Another wonderful email from a real “old time”
listener to WJJD Chicago back in 1960-61

To: stanmajor <>
Sent: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 7:00 pm
Subject: Fifty year fan mail

Hi Stan,I just ran across your online presence doing some random web surfing.
I happened across the Morris Stoloff recording of "Moonglow/Theme from Picnic" and it made me think of you.
    Although I'm not generally given to fan mail I wanted to make an exception in your case.
I grew up in Park Ridge IL not far from the WJJD transmitter.  My prize possession for a short time was one of those crystal radios that looked like a rocket ship with a retractable antenna coming out of the nose cone and a hearing-aid type ear plug wired from the base.  No batteries, no on/off switch, no volume, no tuning -- just WJJD.
Anyway my memory is that you were on the air all summer that summer to an extended sign-off (maybe 8:30 or 9:00?) and you always closed with 
that great Moonglow record, at the end of which you said "Good night, Little Brown Eyes" or something like that.  
You introduced me to a lot of what are now golden oldies, but that record has always been one of my very favorites and it always takes me back instantly to a wonderful summer so many years ago.
For me, it was the start of a long and voracious love of radio.  I even managed to work on air myself at a few stations in high school and college, and although I moved on career-wise I remain to this day a huge fan of all types of radio. 

And you, sir, are one of the earliest and most important reasons for that.  I was surprised today to learn how young you were at that time, maybe only 15 years ahead of me, and I'm glad to know you're still around.
So I just wanted to say, "Thank you."   You made a big impression on me, one I have always remembered.  

Curtis Wils

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