This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go back to the small town where I got my first radio job in 1974, and attend a reunion of the people who were the voices on the AM/FM stations from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. (Unfortunately, the 1990’s is where the local radio service of those stations basically ended. Today, they have owners who don’t program them locally, or even have studios in the town. And to me, that is a waste of two good frequencies).
Who filled the void created by those 2 radio stations? An LPFM.
Yep…a 100 watt wonder that covers about 10 miles on a good day on a car radio. They hosted the reunion.
It was fun to reminisce. I was teamed up Saturday with the once young man who asked me for a job around 1976. He became a local radio voice for more than 30 years calling high school and college sports, and doing local news.
We remembered a great radio voice who came out of the town…Chuck Collier who started his career in the town and then made Cleveland area radio listeners smile for decades.
We remembered DJ emeritus’s from the town who went on to stations like WLW-Cincinnati, WTAM in Cleveland. And we remembered those guys who staffed stations in small towns like Hillsboro, Wilmington and Washington Court House, Ohio.
At the end of the afternoon, I was recognized for my commitment to local radio in the community. You see, I played a small role in getting a non-profit organization started that has the license for the LPFM. It is truly becoming the voice of small town radio in Southwest Ohio.
If I have accomplished anything in over 40 years in this business, it is making the fact that radio is…and always needs to be…local.