My very first shift on the air was 33-years ago, on an August morning at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. I was an Airman First Class hosting the Daybreak Show on American Forces Radio. A few weeks after I went on the air I was busy at work when the alarms started going off on the teletype machine with the news Elvis Presley had died. I still have the old yellow bulletins that printed out. I had to stop the record I was playing to make the announcement.
Now, 33-years later I'm writing a blog, while the computer in the Studio plays the music. I can click and drag a few songs, download some mp3's and update my Facebook page while I'm at it. Then I can pre-record an hour if I have a meeting and no one's the wiser. Wow. The changes we've lived through are simply amazing. IPODS instead of record players, ear buds instead of headsets, digital audio instead of scratchy records. Radio on your phone and computers.
I sort of feel like my generations' Andy Rooney. I'm a member of the "older generation" now. I long for a good 8-track player and electric typewriter. Oh, I'm doing my best to keep up with the newest stuff, but when I'm alone I dig out the cassette tapes and note paper and actually write a letter. It just seems like you're more in touch, when you actually have to participate, not copy and paste. So, as I begin a new chapter and start blogging with listeners of Studio 1430 I hope you won't mind if I still dust off the vinyl every now and then for old times sake!