Over EZ with Rick

Yep, We're Old...

Over my almost 19-years at KEZW I've heard more than once how we're the "Old Station." Competitors have sold against us saying, "Only old people listen to that station, their listeners don't spend money." Kids have told their parents while they were being driven to school, "Turn the radio, you listen to the old station." Even the name for the type of music we play, Nostalgia, is old. It used to bother me a lot. But the longer I've been here, the more I like it. Being old means something entirely different to me now than it did in 1991 when I began here.
If taking off your cap and putting your hand over your heart during the National Anthem is old, then yep, we're old...
If keeping the rabbit ears handy, just in case real TV makes a comeback, is old, Yep, we're old...
If driving 20-miles to use a buy one-get one free coupon is old, Yep, we're old....
If wanting to eat dinner before 5p so you can have the dishes done before the news makes you old, then yes, we're old...
If remembering the names of everyone in our high school graduating class, because there were only 20, is old...you're on to us, we're old...
If failing to send a thank you note for a gift would keep you up at night makes a person old, then yep, we're old...
If wearing your pants above your hips is old, thank goodness we're old....
If it's old to say please and thank you before give me and I want, we are very, very old...
If shedding a tear on Memorial Day because you know the terrible cost of our freedom makes you old, then we must be ancient.
If telling the same story over, and over maybe because we forgot, but mostly because it means so much to us is old, Yep, we're old.
If knowing that life is a wonderful journey that is filled with all kinds of sad and happy but in the end it's the happy you remember most makes you old, Yep, we're old, and we're grateful for the wisdom that comes with it.

10/18/2009 3:07PM
Yep, We're Old...
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10/19/2009 7:20AM
Ray Crites
Rick, Yep, I'm REALLY old! And you are a lot stronger than I am if you can spend time with the Gold Star families without being a blubbering basket case. I was in tears as I read your blog. I can remember when a few of the Blue Star banners were replaced with Gold Stars when I was young living in "The Projects" down on Colfax and Navajo. I was a bit too young to fully understand, but I was there to shed the tears and heartache. To this day one of my Mom's best friends refuses to believe her husband was really killed in the pacific.
11/06/2009 2:55PM
Brenda Zserdin
Ah, Rick - not old, just well seasoned! I am one of the proud 'young-uns' that joyfully listens to you every day (I'm 36 ;) I love that a lot of what you posted applies to our family - but in the good way! My kids (4 and 7 years old) think KEZW is "normal" music and have no idea what is on a pop station. My little guy was singing along with 16 Tons a few days ago and I couldn't help but grin! We are proud to fly our USA flag and shed tears over the amazing strength that your "old" listeners share with their stories - give me "old" any day!
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