"A few weeks ago, the most astonishing thing happened to me. I received an email from someone who used to listen to my radio show when I was in college. We never met, but he used to call in to my show from time to time. Last week, he looked me up online and emailed to find out if I had a list of songs I used to play on the air.
I should note that my last day of hosting that show was 14 years ago. I graduated from Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania in 1994.
...wow! Has it really been that long?
College was an amazing time for me. I never went through a rebellious phase. Never did the binge drinking thing. I wasn't a partier, wasn't into the frat scene or college sports. For me, college life was about four things:
Classes, hanging out with my roommate, spending time with my girlfriend, and college radio...
My college had an FM station and I got involved at the beginning of my freshman year. By the time I graduated, I'd served as a music director, news director and twice as general manager.
Each Sunday night from 8 to 11pm, I hosted a show called Radio Free Edinboro, which sounded a little something like this...
- Never Told You | Power Of Dreams
- Railwayed | Kitchens Of Distinction
- Submarine Song | The Candy Skins
- A Good Idea | Sugar
- Capital Letters | Ned's Atomic Dustbin
- Sleep Alone | The Wonder Stuff
- Radio Days | World Party
- Golden Egg | Eat
- Mirror Song | Live
- I Wanted Too Much | a House
- The Taming of Carolyn | Lowest Of The Low
- Courage (For Hugh Maclennan) | The Tragically Hip
- I Take You To Sleep | New Fast Automatic Daffodils
- The Only One I Know | The Charlatans UK
- Come Play With Me | The Wedding Present
- Rudderless | The Lemonheads
- Not Too Soon | Throwing Muses
- The Dead Part Of You | American Music Club
- Sodium Light Baby | The The
- Unreal World | Godfathers"
(My College) Radio Days
Indeed. That does look like 1994. I was just reading today that Swervedriver was back...they'd fit on this list nicely. By the way, you can listen to his playlist (I'm assuming this was an actual radio show playlist from back in the day...but it could also just be some of his faves) from the blog post. Also, Rob's got another blog just focused on radio called This is the Box.
If you're a former college radio DJ have you ever been contacted by former listeners years later? One of the sweetest calls that I ever got as a DJ (in 1997 or so) was when a high school student called to tell me that she was a fan and was going to miss my show when she went away to college. Her plan was to have a friend tape the show for her so that she could continue to listen.