Where Were You When Radio Was Popular?



I performed this song for my first and last public performance in the church hall during Sunday School at the age of 4. Anyone that knows me is aware that anytime I sing dogs howl– so this was one of the most appropriate songs I could have ever sung. Can you remember how many times you sang this as a child or heard it on the radio?


I used to design clothes for my Katy Keane paper dolls when this song played and sometimes I would tear myself away and dance where my mother professed I would be come a professional dancer. I will always remember this song-but never became a dancer. 



Every Sunday we would go see my mother in the Darlington Centre in Montreal and she would be playing this on the piano for the other patients.From In the Mood– she take the melody into a Boogie Woogie melody. Do you remember dancing to this or playing this on your turntable or hearing it on the radio? 

Radio music was something special a long time ago. There was no downloading of songs and instead you had to wait until your favourite came up on rotation on the radio. Some nights we would drive down country roads with the car windows wide open singing along to the tunes.

Our ears would be glued to 77 WABC on the radio as we could only listen to “Cousin Brucie” when the radio waves were stronger at night. Some evenings when I was supposed to be sleeping I would juggle the radio dial back and forth until finally I heard the refrains of ’77 WABC.” I had this little handheld transistor radio that I used to sleep next to and played it at very low volume so my parents could not hear it.

The radio was the first place I heard The Twist and drove my father almost to insanity telling me I was going to put my back out like others that were injured he said doing The Twist.

I heard my first Beatle tune on my transistor radio and immediately fell in love and wanted to marry Paul McCartney.

The radio made me want to buy things like music,make-up and Coca Cola. Radio personalities were almost as famous as the famous singers on the radio. No matter what you were doing you always turned your radio on and my Grandfather still insisted he listen to the BBC news at noon each day before he ate his lunch.

DJ’s used to choose their own tunes and took live requests-now it is all canned, frozen and processed product. AM radio stands for Absolute Moron and I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for. Radio as we know it has changed completely and internet radio has taken over. Our children and grandchildren will remember something else when they remember music– and it will not be listening under the covers to their radios. Who killed music-radio or did video kill the radio star?



Photo below from the Carleton Place Canadian files at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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